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Today's News

  • Jeffco enacts fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced temporary fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of the county.

    The restrictions also include a portion of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road and will be in effect until further notice.

    While the restrictions are in effect, the following activities are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground or picnic area.

  • Suspect in custody in robbery at credit union

    A suspect in the armed robbery at the Bellco Credit Union at South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue on Wednesday morning surrendered to authorities late in the afternoon.

  • Sports games slumping

    Last week was a big week for those who enjoy their sports video games (raising hand now).

    Electronic Arts released its latest version of college football delight, “NCAA ‘09,” for all the various consoles (sorry, DS owners, you’ll have to wait for Madden).

    Traditionally, the release of a new virtual football game brings smiles to the masses who gladly fork over $60 for the right to say they were among the first to own — and play — the game.

  • Oxyoke Fire 50 percent contained

    The Oxyoke Fire 5 miles north of Deckers was 50 percent contained early July 22 thanks to the efforts of 225 firefighters over two days.

    More than a dozen homes had been evacuated in the Oxyoke area since the fire was reported Sunday afternoon. The blaze had burned more than 145 acres along County Road 67 and the South Platte River in Jefferson County.

    The North Fork and Platte Canyon fire districts were among the departments that responded.

    Firefighters were expected to have the blaze 100 percent contained by the end of the day July 22.

  • Trial scheduled in theft from South Jeffco Sports Association

    South Jeffco resident Carrie Smith pleaded not guilty July 21 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

    Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall scheduled a motions hearing for Nov. 6 and a trial date of Dec. 2, but Smith's attorney doesn't think it will get that far.

  • Trial begins for Zamora brothers in Dylan Newman slaying

    On what would have been Dylan Newman's 22nd birthday, his parents sat in a Jefferson County courtroom as two Lakewood men went on trial in the slaying of their son.

    Aaron Zamora and his older brother Adam are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 3, 2007, slaying of Newman. Two other men charged in the slaying, Jeffrey S. Depault and Eric Rooney, have already pleaded guilty and are expected to testify for the prosecution.

  • Former treasurer's second kickback trial coming up

    The second kickback trial of former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall is scheduled to begin July 28, a proceeding that could once again shine a light on the county’s inner political turmoil.

    Paschall, who was acquitted of a charge of attempted theft in February during the first trial, still faces a charge of compensation for past official behavior for allegedly offering Kathy Redmond, one of his two political appointees, an $18,000 post-tax bonus on the condition she give him half.

  • Window-film magnate branches out into power generation

    After 21 years in the energy-saving business, Judd Coe is one of the few people who is happy about higher energy costs, partly because it’s good for sales.

    The founder and owner of A Solar Solution, Coe installs heat-fighting window film on homes, commercial buildings and government institutions. He runs the business out of his home in the Canterbury subdivision near South Kipling Parkway and Coal Mine Avenue.

    Coe has lived in the Columbine area all his life and went to Leawood Elementary, Ken-Caryl Middle School and Columbine High.

  • Adventures in biking

    A few short weeks ago I wrote in this very space of my recent travels to work on my mountain bike.

    Fear not, I’m still pedaling my way to the office several days a week. But honestly, how much fun is it to just ride to work?

    So, in addition to my required travels, I’ve stretched my legs (literally) and have been exploring different routes on my rides.

  • Preparing for battle

    Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re no doubt familiar with the answer to this question: What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

    Answer: The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club.

    Conner Cordova broke the first rule.

    The way he saw it, he had no reason not to.