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Today's News

  • Pick up where your dog leaves off

    The number-two business is picking up.

    At least that’s what local groups are hoping dog owners will do once Fido pulls off the trail and says howdy to a patch of grass.

    The Jefferson County sheriff’s Animal Control Office, in conjunction Jeffco Open Space, Foothills Park & Recreation, Prospect Recreation & Park District and Jeffco Planning and Zoning, has kicked off its Poop Fairy campaign to ask dog owners to pick up after their pooches in parks, on trails and in neighborhoods.

  • Tradesmart to open in South Jeffco, offering media, sports items

    A new 40,000-square-foot South Jeffco emporium slinging everything from skateboards and paintball guns to secondhand DVDs and video games is slated to open Aug. 1.

    Tradesmart, a new concept store from the Amarillo, Texas-based Hastings Entertainment company, is banking on the idea that customers remain hungry for hard copies of media in an increasingly digitized world.

  • Senior spot

    Three months after the Seniors’ Resource Center opened a branch in Southwest Plaza, residents have trickled through its doors at the mall, though the organization expects use to pick up and stabilize as word about the new location spreads.

    For services ranging from computer training to yoga instruction, customers don’t necessarily need to make appointments at the small studio, and walk-in traffic is common. Often, clients drop in for the first time, sipping on coffee and talking about available services as spouses or family members shop.

  • Fired Jeffco employee files discrimination suit

    A former Jeffco information technology worker filed a discrimination lawsuit last month against the county, alleging her 2010 firing came in retaliation because of a formal complaint she made about her supervisor.

    The employee, Westminster resident Kim Foote, said she was frequently the brunt of the supervisor’s jokes and snide remarks, including “gimp and bubble baby,” made in reference to her physical disability and frequent injuries.

  • Eco-development group developing new brand

    The Jefferson Economic Council launched a re-branding campaign last month, a move the organization has cited as a means to distance itself from the county that currently provides more than half of its funding.

    The nonprofit, now officially dubbed the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp., is also seeking increased contributions from private businesses, a move designed to reduce the percentage of its funding from government entities.

  • Denver Democrat plans to challenge Coffman

    The November 2012 election is not likely in the forefront of prospective voters’ minds, but Denver Democrat Joe Miklosi is already rolling out a campaign in hopes of unseating incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in Congressional District 6.

    Miklosi, who currently serves as a representative in state House District 9, said he would focus his efforts in the congressional office on job growth, particularly for the middle class.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Rockets’ red glare — and tickets

  • Arrest ends search for man with gun

    A manhunt in South Jeffco ended on the evening of July 7, when police arrested a 50-year-old man in Lakewood who was suspected of brandishing a handgun hours earlier outside the The Edge Ice Arena.

    Charles Belter was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including attempted kidnapping, felony menacing, stalking and violation of a protective order, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    “This whole thing stemmed from an incident with his estranged wife. … They were in the parking lot at The Edge,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Chatfield swim beach closed

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach beginning the morning of July 7, after a routine test revealed high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The presence of the bacteria, which is commonly found in fecal matter, was detectable in tests performed on the following days, prolonging the beach closure over the weekend.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?