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Today's News

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    Jefferson County commissioners appear to be rethinking a plan to seek legislation that would allow them to regulate bicycles on county roads.

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon - and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads - the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

  • $2.5 million worth of marijuana plants seized in Pike National Forest

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the West Metro Drug Task Force seized more than 5,100 marijuana plants weighing nearly 2,000 pounds from land near Sugarloaf Mountain on July 9.

    The plants have an estimated street value of $2.5 million.

    The large grow area had a sophisticated irrigation system using water from a nearby stream, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    "This looked like a very sophisticated operation," Kelley said.

    Sugarloaf Mountain is in the Pike National Forest near Cheesman Reservoir.

  • Littleton investment banker running for state treasurer

    Littleton investment banker J.J. Ament has thrown his hat into the 2010 race for state treasurer.

    Ament, who is running as a Republican, has spent years in the private banking industry working mostly with governments on major investment projects, and he says taxpayers' dollars can be used and invested more efficiently.

    "I've worked with this treasurer (and) with this governor," Ament said. "And it was frustrating for me to show them the right things to do and have them not do them, and then have to sit there afterward and show them the losses."

  • Mexico native opens restaurant in South Jeffco

    Around the year 1600, Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle is said to have established the first mass-production tequila factory, in what is now the Mexican state of Jalisco. And in that state is the town of Tequila, which is famous for its agave plants, the key ingredient in the liquor.

    So it is perhaps fitting that Antonio Gonzalez, a man from Jalisco, has opened Agaveros, a South Jeffco Mexican restaurant named for the farmers that harvest agave.

  • Courier editor finds his stride

    Before I begin, I should make one point:

    I am not a fan of running.

    I don’t say that to be mean. I have no beef with anyone that chooses to run and think it’s great when people perform any type of exercise.

    But, for me, when it comes to selecting activities for cardiovascular exercise, running usually comes up last in a list of things I’d choose to do.

  • I, the jury: Service a privilege

    I’m one of those people who can’t help but shift into lecture mode whenever people complain about jury duty. I automatically launch into how jury duty is a privilege and that it and voting make living in our democratic society so special. Despite my civic pride, I hadn’t been called for jury duty since 1994 and hadn’t been on a jury since 1992.

  • Watch your fundamentals when chipping

    Every golfer knows the frustrations of getting around the green and not being able to put the ball into the hole. A skulled chip shot across the green can destroy your score. By concentrating on some key fundamentals, you will be able to have a new found success around the green.

  • Man arrested in sex assault in South Jeffco home

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in a June 26 sexual assault at a South Jeffco home.

    Ryan R. Iliff, 22, was arrested about 7 p.m. July 17 in South Jeffco based on evidence from the scene and information gleaned later in the investigation, according to sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires.

    Iliff is suspected of breaking into a home about 2:30 a.m. June 26 near C-470 and West Belleview Avenue and sexually assaulting a woman in her bedroom. The woman, in her 50s, apparently didn't disturb any of the evidence and immediately called police after the attack.

  • Boy, 7, severely burned in South Jeffco townhome fire

    A 7-year-old South Jeffco boy playing with a lighter suffered severe burns in a house fire July 17.

    The boy, whose name hasn't been released, apparently was playing with a lighter in a closet in his parents’ townhome on West Phillips Drive near Garrison Street just before 5 p.m. Friday, according to Micki Trost, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue.

  • A selfless goal: Jeffco sheriff's lieutenant heads up statewide law enforcement fund-raising for Special Olympics

    An inevitable byproduct of serving in law enforcement is seeing people at their worst — doing terrible things and having terrible things done to them.

    "You work as hard as you can not to get jaded," said Lt. Ron Leonard of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. The 22-year sheriff’s office veteran said law officers periodically need to renew their faith in humanity, and for him that happens in his work to raise money for the Special Olympics.