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Today's News

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

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  • Local promoters courting bike race stage

    Bicycle racers could climb from Golden to Evergreen and Echo Lake before cruising down through Idaho Springs in one stage of the 2016 USA Pro Challenge, if local promoters get their way.

    National race organizers usually plan the seven-day bike race two years in advance, said Michael Raber, a bicyclist and race promoter who lives in Clear Creek County.

  • Jeffco public schools hire new chief academic offer

    Syna Morgan has been hired as Jeffco Public Schools’ chief academic officer.

    The 24-year education veteran served as Douglas County Schools’ chief system performance officer since 2010. Before that, she was a director with the Colorado Department of Education.

  • 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.

  • Jeffco failed to properly post annexation meeting where Tighe, Rosier spoke

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Law last week when they discussed public business at a gathering that had not been posted in advance as a meeting of the commission.

    The violation is the latest in a longstanding legacy in Jeffco government. In settling a lawsuit filed by the Courier in 2007, the county acknowledged open-meetings abuses and pledged not to break the law again. Two years later, two commissioners did just that by discussing public business via e-mail.

  • Questions remain about proposed mall annexation

    Residents looking for details on a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza Mall by Bow Mar left a town hall meeting with Commissioner Casey Tighe on July 10 with more questions than answers.

    Tighe said he called the meeting as a way to gauge the public’s interest and get input on the proposed annexation. Yet county and Bow Mar officials didn’t have details people were seeking.

  • Man arrested in connection with sex assault of woman he met online

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for women who might have been the victim of sexual assault after meeting a man online. 

    The Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Michael Miller recently on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he met on the Internet. Through its investigation, the Sheriff’s Office believes there could be other victims who have not reported alleged sex assaults. 

  • Fund is started to pay for burial service for boy who drowned

    A fund has been started to help pay the cost of a burial service for a young boy who died after falling into Chatfield Reservoir. 

    Andres Patrick Sena, 4, of Littleton was the victim of an accidental drowning at Chatfield Reservoir on July 5. A family friend has started an effort to raise money for funeral services on the website gofundme.com.

    The city of Littleton is helping with the fund-raising efforts by getting the message out. Andres’ great-uncle, Rick Dodson, is a 25-year employee of Littleton’s building maintenance division. 

  • Deputy tackles carjacking suspect on I-70

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on Wednesday when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • 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.”