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Today's News

  • Foothills must make repairs to irrigation ditch

    A ditch that carries water to irrigate two Foothills Parks & Recreation District properties was damaged by snow runoff this spring, and a repair bill may be looming.

    A 70-foot section of the Bergen ditch system that supplies water to The Meadows Golf Club and Easton Regional Park failed at the beginning of May. The heavy snow at the beginning of the month, coupled with the usual water flow, caused part of the ditch to be washed out, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.

    The cost to repair the system is still unknown.

  • Library offers crime scene investigation class to area teens

    Teens looking for a little mystery in their lives are in luck.

    The Bemis Library is teaming with the Littleton Police Department to put on a three-day crime scene investigation class for students in ninth through 12th grades this August. Students will have a chance to learn from the Police Department’s CSI team about what it takes to break down a crime scene and find evidence.

  • Sheriff’s Office veteran will run to succeed Mink

    After starting at the bottom rung and working his way up in the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the past 29 years, Jeff Shrader believes he’s ready to lead.

    Even though the election to select a new sheriff isn’t until November 2014, Shrader and another Republican, John Berry, already have announced bids. Sheriff Ted Mink is term-limited; he was appointed to the post by the county commissioners in 2003 and was elected in 2006 and 2010.

  • County commissioners weigh ban on sales of recreational pot

    The Jeffco county commissioners soon will vote on whether to ban marijuana shops in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The proposed ordinance would ban retail marijuana shops, grow operations for retail sales, and any marijuana packaging or testing facility. The ordinance, if passed, would expire on Feb. 1, 2015, unless the commissioners voted to extend it.

  • ‘13-14 budget restores days, dollars to Jeffco schools

    The Jeffco school board approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $952 million at its meeting May 30, a spending plan that adds $22 million to current-year expenditures.

    The increase comes thanks to a boost in funding from the state and to the tax hike approved by voters last November. The budget still is $45 million less than the 2009-10 spending plan.

    The district avoided $45 million in cuts this year when Jeffco voters approved 3A and 3B on last November’s ballot. The district’s mill-levy rate is 48.721, or $388 annually for a $100,000 home.

  • The not-so-old college try

    It’s not often that bicycles being prepped for a triathlon have streamers attached to their handlebars.

    Yet during the Foothills Feat Kids Triathlon on Sunday, it was a pretty common sight.

    Two age groups, 6 to 8 and 9 to 14, competed to post the best times while swimming, biking and running. The event was a mini version of the adult sprint triathlon that took place earlier in the day at the Foothills Park & Rec facilities on South Ward Street.

  • Man dies after deputies use Taser on him

    A 55-year-old man wielding a BB gun and threatening to commit suicide died in Conifer on Sunday morning after Jeffco sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on him.

    The death occurred in the 30400 block of Sunset Trail just before 8 a.m., according to Jeffco Sheriff’s spokesperson Mark Techmeyer. The man’s name has not yet been released.

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  • Nonprofit coffee shop lessens the grind of grief in South Jeffco

    It’s not easy for Robin and James Buesching, aunt and nephew, to talk about why they started Heavenly Grounds Coffee House, which opened two months ago just west of Wadsworth at 8966 W. Bowles Ave.  

    “It all started with my father and his sudden death,” James Buesching said. 

    Rod Buesching, James’ father and Robin’s little brother, died on Nov. 13, 2011, at the age of 53. He had suffered from fibrosis of the heart and lungs and severe arthritis before dying of heart failure.

  • Sheriff’s Office seizes 18 horses from Morrison property

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office seized 18 horses from a Morrison property May 21.

    “The horses have illnesses and physical issues,” said Christine Padilla, an animal control officer with the Sheriff’s Office. “(Most of the horses) were kept in a dirt lot, and there was no grass for them to graze on.”

    Padilla also said there is a 75-foot drop on the property that isn’t fenced off.

    “The majority of the horses were in poor condition and underweight,” Padilla said.