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Today's News

  • Chatfield expansion wins final approval

    The Army Corps of Engineers has given final approval to a controversial expansion of Chatfield Reservoir to help meet a growing need for water along the Front Range. 

    The chosen option for expanding Chatfield, labeled “Alternative 3,” will raise the water levels by a maximum of 12 feet and increase the maximum storage by 20,600 acre-feet. Some 587 acres of Chatfield State Park, Colorado’s most popular, will be flooded in peak storage years to provide more water for urban and agricultural users.

  • Littleton throws a hail of a party

    Even a hailstorm couldn’t stop the party in Littleton. 

    An early-afternoon storm on Saturday left hail, branches and leaves covering the streets hours before more than 1,000 people were to descend on downtown for the Main Street Block Party. 

    Yet the mess Mother Nature left was no match for the downtown merchants, said Greg Reinke, president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association. 

  • GOP primary in assessor race offers clear choice

    The GOP primary in the Jeffco assessor race offers a clear choice: the county’s deputy assessor, who has 18 years of experience in the office; and a tax consultant who has represented property owners in valuation disputes.

    Deputy Assessor Lou D’Aurio is vying for the Republican nomination with Ron Sandstrom. At the county GOP assembly on March 22, D’Aurio won 51 percent of the vote, while Sandstrom received 48 percent. The winner of the June 24 primary will face Democrat Andrew Hassinger and Libertarian Patrick Sullivan in the general election.

  • Bruin season: Residents must bear safety in mind

    With one to five bear sightings reported daily in Colorado, it is important to keep up to date on bear safety. 

    “We have bears that are getting into trash, bears that are getting into garages, and occasionally bears actually trying to get into the house,” said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    According to Churchill, the only bears in Colorado are black bears, which aren’t aggressive but are hungry. Most often, bears will try to avoid people. 

  • Divisions surface on county’s marijuana task force

    Members of Jeffco’s marijuana task force are divided not only on the effects of pot use but also on whether studies available about recreational marijuana are valid.

    Those divisions surfaced during the task force’s meeting on June 9, when members went back and forth on the validity of diverging studies showing the impacts of marijuana use. The competing data involved everything from impaired driving to effects on teenagers’ IQs.  

  • Losing candidates sue in West Metro election

    Two losing candidates in the West Metro Fire District’s May 6 board election are suing to void the results due to what they claim was a lack of secrecy in the ballot counting. 

    The lawsuit — filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth, District 2 candidate Devin Howard, the two candidates’ authorized election watcher, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers — claims the secrecy of the ballots was broached during the count.  

  • Inter-Canyon urges residents to submit statements

    Officials with the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District are asking residents to submit victim impact statements before the sentencing of former fire chief David MacBean on June 24.

    MacBean pleaded guilty in April to stealing $647,000 from the department to make unauthorized purchases from 2010 to 2012. MacBean faces up to 27 years in prison and has agreed to pay back the stolen funds as part of his plea.

  • School board to vote on budget at June 19 meeting

    The Jeffco school board is expected to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget at a special meeting June 19, when the board also will hear public comments.

    Two issues likely to come up are charter school funding and free full-day kindergarten. 

    On a 3-2 vote in April, the board decided against earmarking $600,000 to fund free full-day kindergarten at schools with 35 percent or more of their students enrolled in free or reduced-cost lunch programs. 

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt voted against the expansion. 

  • Driver involved in accident that killed deputy pleads guilty

    The driver whose vehicle struck and killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide. 

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, of Golden could face two to six years in prison. Hosch is currently free on $10,000 bond while he awaits sentencing on Aug. 29.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. Jan. 26 when Hosch passed several cars on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway. Hosch’s vehicle reportedly continued to travel in the opposite lane for about 1,500 feet after passing the cars. 

  • Board majority must reveal vision

    Maybe they just got tired of being called the new conservative majority.