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Today's News

  • Hundreds line up for SmartCo grand opening

      Hundreds of eager customers lined up Aug. 4 outside the new SmartCo Foods grocery emporium, which held its grand opening before the sun had breached the horizon.

    The new store, the latest in the chain’s foray into the state, handed out gift cards to the first 250 customers, who began flooding into the market shortly after 6 a.m.

    “At a lot of our stores, it starts at about 4 or 5 the night before,” manager David Crookston said of the throng waiting for the store to open.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • We can say no to negative ads

    Negative attacks, they say, have long been part of politics. In “Going Dirty: the Art of Negative Campaigning” by David Mark, we’re told that in the 1828 presidential election, Andrew Jackson’s political allies nicknamed John Quincy Adams “the Pimp,” a reference to “a rumor that while he was ambassador to Russia a decade earlier, he had coerced a young woman into having an affair with a czar.”

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

      Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners. But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.

  • Rebels’ Wilson injures kidney

    Adam Wilson said that it felt like he had the wind knocked out of him, but he could feel a pain in his back. He didn’t think much of it at first. It was just something he figured he could walk off.

  • Rodeo at Jeffco Fairgrounds cancels tail-dragging event

     

    Promoters of a Mexican rodeo held Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds canceled a controversial event in which bulls are forced to the ground by their tails.

    The American Humane Association, an animal advocacy agency, had said it was pursuing an injunction to prevent the coleadero event, which the county had refused to block.

    “We’re very pleased that the promoters have adjusted their event schedule and did something that’s right for everyone,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Community walk to benefit Rett syndrome research

    Hundreds will gather Aug. 14 at Clement Park for the annual Walk-N-Roll for Rett, an event that raises money for research into the incapacitating neurological disorder known as Rett syndrome.

    The walk, organized by the Rocky Mountain Rett Association and previously known as the Colorado Western Strollathon, is in its fifth year. The event features a 1.4-mile walk around the park, a carnival, live music, a magician and a chuck-wagon lunch.

  • Neighborhood connections

     

    Residents in neighborhoods across the county poured into the streets Aug. 3 for an evening of camaraderie and crime-awareness barbecues. In South Jeffco locals celebrated the 26th annual National Night Out with food, children’s activities and appearances by fire and sheriff’s officers.

    “It just gets everybody together. You get to know your neighbors,” said Sheri Gallagher, an organizer for the event in the Hillside at Stony Creek neighborhood. “It’s just great for the community.”

  • Body found along bike path

    A body was found early Sunday morning along a bike path near C-470 and West Bowles Avenue. A bicyclist discovered the unidentified man about 6:10 a.m. while riding on the trail.

    The death does not appear suspicious, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley, though investigators are interviewing acquaintances of the man, whose next of kin have not yet been notified.

    “The body has been removed,” she said. “It’s still under investigation.”

     

  • Dakota Ridge comes out firing

    ENGLEWOOD — It’s not often that Drew Vance gets a chance to play Broken Tee Golf Course, but considering the way, as he said, he’s been playing this summer shooting a 1-over 73 was about what he expected.