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Today's News

  • Brush fire burns 74 acres on Hogback

     About 74 acres of the Dakota Ridge Hogback burned in a brush fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday near C-470 south of the Morrison Road exit. The cause of the blaze still was undetermined as of Tuesday morning.

    Strong winds fanned the flames and pushed the rapidly growing fire south. Authorities had closed eastbound C-470 at I-70 by 5 p.m. Monday because of fire equipment being sent to the scene.

  • Part of the plan

     

    Residents’ opinions on bikes, pedestrians and land-use issues were discussed last week at the second of two sparsely attended public meetings on an update to South Jeffco’s community plan.

    County planning officials collected public input through a small survey and gave brief overviews of the process by which the area’s individual plan will be integrated into the county’s new Comprehensive Master Plan. Also presented was a draft of the county’s bike/pedestrian plan, which is likely to take effect next year.

  • Police blocking access to residential area near Belleview Acres Park

    Police closed access to several blocks near Belleview Acres Park on Thursday, citing a resident’s refusal to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office in a property reclamation visit to his home.

    Multiple law-enforcement vehicles obstructed the entrance to the 13000 block of West Arlington Place, with yellow crime-scene tape and squad cars also restricting access to South Zinnia Court.

     

  • Sex offender arrested after home invasion

      A registered sex offender was arrested early July 19 in South Jeffco after a local family reportedly discovered him trespassing in their garage.

    Sean Deering, a Lakewood resident, is charged with six felony counts and is accused of entering the garage of a home in the 8700 block of West Fair Drive. The intruder allegedly crept under the garage door, which was open by about a foot. A woman who was asleep in the home woke shortly before 2 a.m. to find a man walking around in the unlit garage.

  • No reprieve for former jail

      The jail that Jeffco outgrew in the mid-1980s still sits on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, but the gnarled artifact has a date with the wrecking ball soon — and the building apparently won’t be mourned or missed.

    By most accounts, the structure, which was built in 1958 and housed the sheriff’s department for almost three decades, does not hold fond memories for the sheriff’s personnel who worked there — or, for that matter, for its former overnight guests.

  • Ruling ruffles feathers of cheer coaches

    According to U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill of Connecticut, cheerleading is not a sport. But there are plenty of cheerleaders, coaches and parents in Colorado who would beg to differ.

  • SWARM girls rugby team battles injuries, doubters in quest for success

    Shoulder surgery to repair a dislocated rotator cuff. A broken nose. Plenty of doubters. And, yet, Lindsay Caprio wouldn’t have it any other way. The 16-year-old Chatfield junior is a rugby player, no doubt about it.

  • Jeffco plans joint venture with land developers

      Almost a third of the land owned by Jeffco’s airport would be commercially developed under an unprecedented plan in which any ultimate profits would be split with a private firm based in Denver.

    Details of a contract for the joint venture, the first public-private partnership land deal in Jefferson County’s 148-year history, may not be finalized for months.

  • Meetings set for input on Jeffco master plan

       Jefferson County is updating its 10 community plans as part of its new Comprehensive Master Plan.

    Meetings to gather citizen input for the South Jeffco plan will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at the Ken Caryl Ranch House, 7676 S. Continental Divide Road, and on Wednesday, July 28, at the Columbine Library.

  • 'Riddle King' to entertain kids at Columbine Library on Thursday

    It’s no joke. Mike Thaler, America’s riddle king, will pay a visit to the Conifer and Columbine libraries for a quick lesson in funny to promote his new book series and share his own story.

    Thaler will visit both the Conifer and Columbine branches of the Jefferson County Public Library on July 29. During his visit, he will teach kids how to make up riddles; read from his book “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon;” give autographs; and answer questions.