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Today's News

  • Sinkhole repairs on Simms might take awhile

     Repair work on a massive sinkhole will close South Simms Street between West Cooper Avenue and South Ward Street for the foreseeable future.

    Jeffco shut down Simms last week to begin repairing a culvert that collapsed beneath the street on June 25. The collapsed culvert created a 20-foot-wide sinkhole about 400 square feet in total size.

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  • 12 homes evacuated near Blue Heron Lake after bottle bombs found

    Two explosive devices found near Blue Heron Lake in South Jeffco spurred the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday morning.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the homes in the 10700 block of West Berry Place as a precaution when the first device was discovered, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

    The devices were made out of plastic bottles and fireworks. Authorities detonated the two devices along the trail near Blue Heron Lake, Techmeyer said. No one was injured.

  • Question on recreational pot sales won't be on ballot

    Jeffco's county commissioners won't ask residents to vote this fall on whether recreational marijuana stores should be allowed in the county's unincorporated areas. 

    The commissioners decided July 22 against putting a measure on the November ballot, a decision that will let the county’s marijuana task force complete its work and present findings to the board. 

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

    Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Dakota Ridge, Chatfield strut their stuff on the diamond

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    If summer baseball is a harbinger for the following spring’s high school season, the forecast is bright for Dakota Ridge and Chatfield in 2015.

    The Jeffco League rivals placed 1-2 at the AABC’s Connie Mack 17-and-under state tournament at Cherokee Trail, with Dakota Ridge going unbeaten and prevailing 6-3 in the July 20 championship game, its second win over Chatfield, which suffered no other losses.

  • Tip-a-Cop

    State Patrol troopers and athletes from the Special Olympics worked at the Chili’s at 8454 S. Kipling Parkway on Sunday to raise awareness and funds. Along with donations made at the tables, Chili’s statewide donated 15 percent of the profits from July 20 to Special Olympics.

    “It helps bring an awareness that there’s a charity out there that gives these remarkable young people trying to participate help,” said Trooper Nate Reid, the State Patrol spokesman. “It’s a small token for us to give a few hours of our time.”

  • COMMUNITY VOICES: Time for more transparency in Littleton

    By Carol Brzeczek

    The Colorado Open Records Act provides citizens with a process to gain access to public records. Under Colorado law, information packets no longer constitute “work product” under CORA once they “are produced and distributed to the members of a public body for their use or consideration in a public meeting.”

  • Same-sex marriage coming to Colorado

    When I was a junior at Steamboat Springs High School in 1975, there was a huge controversy when the Boulder County clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. It was a national story, but it was really big news in Steamboat, as the clerk had grown up there and her father was the longtime clerk in our county.

  • Shakespeare play, venue are a dream

    Shakespeare came to the park — Clement Park — last Friday.

    The Foothills Theatre Company presented the Bard’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at South Jeffco's premiere outdoor venue. The comedy of errors centers on two young couples, unrequited love, mischievous fairies and one man’s unfortunate transformation into a donkey.

    The 500-year-old play still elicits plenty of laughs from a 21st-century audience — thanks to the amazing source material, said audience member Larissa Packer.