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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    HOCKEY
    Ex-Littleton product Jones drafted by Predators

    Seth Jones, a former player for the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds, was drafted with the No. 4 pick in the NHL draft June 30 by the Nashville Predators.
    The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was projected as one of the top players in this year’s draft, but the hometown Colorado Avalanche elected to go with center Nathan Mackinnon with the No. 1 overall pick. Florida and Tampa Bay followed suit by going offensive before the draft’s top defender came off the board.

  • Dietz Challenge pushes players to absolute max

    Dan Dietz looked at the field on June 28 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium and knew the effort that was being put forth, by both the Chatfield Senior High and Heritage High football players, was worthy of honoring the sacrifice his son Danny Dietz made. The younger Dietz, a U.S. Navy SEAL, made the ultimate sacrifice on June 28, 2005.

  • Evacuation alerts lifted for Willow Bend Fire

    Level 1 evacuation alerts were lifted Tuesday morning for the Willow Bend Fire, which had burned 1.5 acres on U.S. Forest Service land near Long Scraggy Peak.

    The wildfire, which started early Monday afternoon, was reported to be 70  percent contained on Tuesday afternoon.

    CodeRED calls went to 119 phones Monday between the South Platte River and Deckers, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and North Fork responded. A helicopter was being used to drop water on the blaze.

  • Survivor of Columbine shootings dies while on the job in N.M.

    A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 has died while working in New Mexico.

    Matthew Depew, 30, was electrocuted while working on power lines in Carlsbad, N.M., for Xcel Energy on June 15. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Department, all attempts to revive Depew were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • House Amendment provided funds for fire recovery

    As the state endures another dry summer and the wildfires that inevitably result, two Colorado congressmen are trying to put more money into recovery efforts once fires have been put out. 

    Colorado U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, and Corey Gardner, R-Yuma, sponsored a successful amendment to the doomed Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the FARM Bill, that was designed to help with wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts. 

  • A rose is a rose, but a wildfire by any other name baffles

    What’s in a name? In the case of last week’s wildfire near Pine, a lot of confusion.

    When the Chair Rock Fire underwent a name change and became the Lime Gulch Fire on June 19, residents 900 miles away might have been a little worried: Lime Gulch is a valley in Montana. But in Lion Gulch, here in Jeffco, the fire burned 511 acres in rugged terrain south of Conifer.

  • Lime Gulch Fire 100% contained

    The Lime Gulch Fire that burned 511 acres in the Pike National Forest in South Jeffco was started by lightning on June 18, officials have confirmed.

    No structures were damaged in the blaze, but more than 100 people were forced to leave their homes for four days. The evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    One-hundred percent containment was reported on the blaze this week, which at its peak was battled by 300 firefighters, along with air support.

    The fire’s cause

  • Foothills Park & Rec's Battle of the Bands

    Divide Zero's performance at Foothills Park & Rec's Battle of the Bands won the group more than just bragging rights as one of the best bands in Littleton.

    The four-piece pop-punk band won an opening gig on Aug. 1 at Clement Park, a gig on Sunday of the Summerset Festival, and a three-hour recording session at Decibel Garden. 

    The event was sponsored by Music Go Round, which provided more than $750 worth of prizes and gift packs and recruited the judges.

  • Jeffco boosts fines for failing to get dog license

    The cost for not getting Fido a license just went up in Jeffco.

    Dog owners who don’t obtain a license within 30 days of adopting a canine will now be subject to a $100 fine instead of $50. The next time they’re caught, a $200 ticket will be issued, with an additional $100 for each ticket after that. 

    The increases were approved by the Jeffco commissioners on June 11. 

  • County seeing increase in construction costs

    Two construction projects on Jeffco’s to-do list apparently will cost substantially more than the county anticipated.

    Jefferson County had planned a massive paver repair project for its Administration and Courts Buildings in Golden this year, along with remodeling at the Parfet Building in Lakewood. Yet the bids for both projects are substantially higher than predicted.