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Today's News

  • Answers from AJ: Question: What's going on with all that sidewalk work in Canterbury? The sidewalks seem fine.

    Answer: Inspectors saw some deterioration on certain parts of the sidewalk and gutter system in that neighborhood and chose to have the contractor replace the sections while they’re still under warranty.

    The residents of the Canterbury neighborhood —just north of West Meadows Drive and west of South Kipling Parkway — who regularly walk the sidewalks have probably noticed the replacement work.

    It may seem odd, considering that the sidewalks seemed fine and the work is irregularly spaced throughout the neighborhood.

    What gives?

  • Stretch of Santa Fe now honors fallen Navy SEAL

    The stretch of Santa Fe Drive between I-25 and C-470 now stands as a memorial to a Littleton native who was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan.

    On Aug. 18, that section of road was renamed the “Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Highway.”

    Dietz was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. According to military reports, Dietz, the team’s communications specialist, saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers that day. Sixteen other SEALs died in the battle, the single worst day for American fatalities in the war in Afghanistan.

  • Chip with different clubs

    Too often I see amateur golfers chipping with just one club, usually a high-lofted wedge, around the green. I urge you to practice chipping with different clubs and then take these newly learned shots to the golf course.

    Before being able to use different clubs around the green, you need to practice and see what different trajectories each club will give you.

  • Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

    A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

    When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.

  • Floundering cities: to rebuild or not

    By Hannah Hayes

    In the spirit of Michigan, where I’m at: Should Flint tear down one-third of its city? There’s a June 6 article in Forbes magazine called “The Best and Worst Cities for Recession Recovery.” Colorado has one city on the “best” list, Boulder, because of its technology industry and the university creating stable jobs. At the top of the “worst” list is Flint, Mich., with “the longest road to recovery.”

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS

    Healthpark Dental adds high-tech scanner

    Swedish Healthpark Dental Arts in South Jeffco has added a new dental impression system that replaces the unpleasant “goop” involved with making impressions of teeth.

    The Cadent iTero system enables Dr. Chris Mehlhoff to use an electronic wand to optically scan the area to be restored. The method is designed to make the process more comfortable and make restorations that look and feel more like real teeth.

  • Politics infuses health care debate

    When members of Congress left Washington to spend their August recess at home in their districts, pundits predicted they would be bombarded with constituent communication about President Obama’s health care reform proposal. Due partly to public interest in the issue and significantly more by sophisticated grassroots efforts by supporters and opponents of the initiative, the pundits have been right.

  • Pair in drug-trafficking ring each get 22 years in prison

    Two of three men prosecuted by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office for drug trafficking were sentenced to 22 years in prison Aug 11.

    Jose Martinez-Soto, 32, and Luis Arrendondo-Soto, 25, were each given a 22-year sentence for their roles in a drug-trafficking ring that moved large amounts of heroin and cocaine. A third man, Jesus Espinoza-Verdugo, 23, was sentenced to 11 years in prison July 27.