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Today's News

  • Dumped meth containers spur road closure

    A small section of road near Harriman Lake was closed Tuesday morning after a jogger found several containers that had been used to make methamphetamine.
    About 6 a.m., the jogger found the containers, which were filled with liquid, and immediately called the sheriff, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.
    Jeffco’s bomb squad, which was joined by firefighters from the West Metro Fire Department, investigated and determined the liquids were common ingredients in the making of meth.  

  • Elk hunters find human remains near Deckers

    Elk hunters on Saturday found human remains in a remote part of the South Jeffco foothills near Deckers, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported. The hunters had to hike out of the area to get cell-phone service and report finding the remains, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. 

    Kelley said the remains were located miles from any landmark. The Sheriff’s Office used GPS coordinates to pinpoint the area. Kelley said the sheriff couldn't comment on how long the remains had been there.

  • Stalking a good time

    The important thing is not to panic. And to remember that you won’t starve to death. 

    Because you’re surrounded by corn. 

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield has laid out a perplexing course for its corn maze this year, the 14th installment of the popular populist puzzle. The labyrinth is spread out over 8 acres of maize, and hints are sprinkled throughout.

    “Follow the hints; they’re really helpful,” said volunteer Dale Huffner. “Of course, that’s unless you want to get lost in there.”

  • Jeffco seeks dismissal of lawsuit by sheriff’s employees

    Jefferson County has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Sheriff’s Office employees who claim they are owed back wages and overtime that was promised by the county.

    The Board of County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office are both named as defendants in the case. 

  • King Soopers gets half-million-dollar incentive to expand store

    Littleton will provide a $500,000 incentive for the King Soopers at Broadway and Littleton Boulevard to undertake a $20 million renovation and expansion at the current location.

    Dillon Companies Inc., owner of King Soopers, is looking to remake the supermarket, and the city is eager to keep the store and its sales-tax revenue. The $500,000 will come through a reduction in development fees and a sales-tax rebate.

  • School board candidates discuss funding, vouchers at forum

    Education funding and voucher programs were at the center of the discussion at last Friday’s Jeffco school board candidate forum in Arvada.

    Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 5 election. Tonya Aultman-Bettridge and Julie Williams (District 1), John Newkirk and Jeff Lamontagne (District 2), and Ken Witt and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water (District 5) discussed why they’re running and their future plans for Jeffco’s public schools.

  • Council to vote Oct. 1 on retail marijuana sales

    The Littleton City Council will decide Oct. 1 on whether to ban retail marijuana sales in the city for at least a year.

    The council on Sept. 17 passed on first reading an ordinance that would extend a moratorium on retail marijuana shops to Oct. 1, 2014. The current moratorium was set to expire Oct. 1. 

    The council had already approved the measure on first reading during its Sept. 3 meeting but decided to redo the first reading since a formal date for a second reading was not announced, said City Manager Michael Penny. 

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • Open Space master plan criticized for health focus

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Gordon ‘Spud’ Van de Water vying for Jeffco school board seat

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

     

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