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Today's News

  • Carbon monoxide buildup sends nine occupants of South Jeffco home to hospital

    A carbon monoxide leak at a home in Governor’s Ranch sent nine people to the hospital on New Year’s Day.
    West Metro Fire Rescue said a call was received from the house near Bowles and Kipling about 11 a.m. Tuesday saying that all the occupants, five adults and four children, felt ill.
    Both the caller and dispatch suspected a carbon-monoxide buildup in the home, said West Metro Division Chief Gary Armstrong.
    The house didn’t have a CO alarm inside.

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    It’s complicated

  • We’re Americans, not Dems and Republicans

    About a week after the November election, I sat down to lunch with two friends from my days in the legislature, one a former high-ranking AFL-CIO officer, and the other a conservative former state senator.

  • A beltway paved in bad intentions

    “Mr. Dillinger, why do you rob banks?”
    “Because, that is where the money is.”

    Robbing banks is one thing. But robbing senior citizens, the mentally ill and an organization that serves kids who have endured domestic violence and homelessness? Not even Jefferson County could rise to that level of Grinchliness during the holidays, right?

  • Stables give chance for city kids to experience nature

    A special bond exists between a horse and its rider.

    Unlike the relationship between a dog and his master, one built on obedience, the relationship between a horse and rider is one built on trust and cooperation.

     

    “It's a partnership. You understand each other,” said Heidi Henderson. “You have to work together.”

  • Whooping cough outbreak hits Jefferson County

    Colorado is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, and Jefferson County has the most cases in the state. 

    And the affliction isn’t limited to people who haven’t been immunized.

    Of the 1,407 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, that have been identified in the state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 8, Jeffco had at least 242, the most in any county. Denver County had the second highest number of cases with 207.

  • Littleton to implement high-tech snow removal plan

    The city of Littleton has a new strategy for clearing the streets of snow this winter, along with a new snowplow and sander.

    Now all it needs is some good directions. 

    The plan has yet to be implemented while the city waits for a Garmin global positioning system to arrive. The GPS systems were supposed to arrive last year but are now scheduled to arrive early this year.

    The systems will allow the city to see what streets have already been plowed and what areas still need work.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminster plans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art. 

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica. 

  • Commissioners OK changes in rules for RVs parked in unincorporated areas

    Changes in Jeffco’s parking regulations for streets in unincorporated areas have won initial approval from the county commissioners. 

    The changes would reclassify a trailer as a motor vehicle, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to ticket and tow a trailer if it has not been moved for 14 days. The changes also remove the requirement that a right-of-way be posted on a street before an illegally parked vehicle can be towed.

  • The holiday grind

    Now that the new year is here, it’s time to retire that Christmas tree. 

    If your tree is still waiting in the corner, Littleton wants to make sure you won’t just put it out for the garbage truck. 

     

    Littleton, along with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, will be recycling Christmas trees until Jan. 14. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, offers a way for residents to recycle trees and turn them into mulch.