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  • Man facing felony menacing charge

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon located a man accused of threatening another man with a baseball bat in the parking lot of a South Jeffco Walmart hours after requesting help via social media.

    Store surveillance video shows a man and woman walking out of the Walmart at 13420 W. Coal Mine Ave., around 5:20 p.m. on July 10 before driving off in a white SUV. As the couple was leaving the parking lot, the video shows the car stop in the middle of the road as a man crosses the street to enter the store.

  • Thieves hit local rec centers' locker rooms

    Authorities are investigating a series of locker thefts at Evergreen's Buchanan Recreation Center and South Jeffco's Ridge Rec Center in the past week.

    Four victims had items stolen from their lockers at Buchanan — one on July 5 and three on July 7. Two victims' lockers were also raided on July 5 at Ridge.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office believes the incidents on July 5 are connected because the same male suspect appears to have visited both locations.

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  • Polis taps former state legislator Primavera as running mate

    Congressman Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor, has selected former state legislator and cancer foundation executive Dianne Primavera as his lieutenant governor running mate.
    Announced last Monday, Polis’ selection of Primavera — recently the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, the local branch of the largest breast cancer organization in the United States — reiterates Polis’ campaign promise to prioritize health care in Colorado as the race to the general election intensifies.

  • One dead, three seriously injured after Saturday night car accident in Littleton

    A 19-year-old Lakewood man died in a single-car crash on July 7 in Littleton.
    Christopher Lemley, who was a passenger in the 2004 Audi sedan at the time of the crash, died on Saturday night.

  • Proposed Jeffco arts school postponed until 2019-20

    A controversial proposal by Jeffco Public Schools to launch a dedicated arts school was officially tabled last month in favor of improving district support of arts education in Jeffco, as well as expanding arts-related opportunities for both teachers and students over the next three years.

  • JCOS, Boulder plan to acquire property near county line

    Jefferson and Boulder counties are planning to acquire 442 acres along the county line for open space.

    Sale of Lippincott Ranch, which is south of Eldorado Springs, has been negotiated for $7.75 million — split evenly between Jeffco and the City of Boulder. The price would either be paid in full at closing, or over a 20-year finance period with a 3.5 percent interest rate.

    The current owners, the Lippincotts, are leaning toward the 20-year financing option, Jeffco Parks Director Tom Hoby said, noting that the interest would go to the Lippincotts.

  • Local gym organizes memorial workout in honor of Littleton soldier who died in combat

    Hours before the barbecues, parades and family fun kicked off, 303 Strength and Conditioning in Littleton celebrated the Fourth of July in a much different way.

    More than 20 people paid their respects to a fallen hero while sweating it out in a special workout. The workout, which includes 10 rounds of pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings and a 200-meter run, honors Danny Dietz, a Navy Seal from Littleton who died in 2005 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan. Dietz is one of the soldiers featured in the 2013 film “Lone Survivor.”

  • A cut above the rest: After years of military service, Navy veteran turns to woodworking

    Wood shavings fly through the air at Ben Blakeley’s woodworking shop, illuminated by the glowing beams of evening sun that peep through the open door.

    “Speed is your friend,” Blakeley said, while shavings from his nearly finished wine stopper fell from his whirling lathe and piled on the floor.

    At least three days a week, the Littleton woodworker visits his spot at the Chatfield Mini-Shops. Often, there are tunes playing; and sometimes, he’s joined by his 4-year-old son, Tobin, for whom his newly opened shop was named.

  • New JCPL executive director won’t have to travel far

    For Donna Walker, there’s just something special about a library.

    She was first drawn to libraries as a kid. They became a familiar place to spend time with a good book. As a young adult and mother, libraries became an accessible place filled with important resources.

    Now, as the newly hired executive director for Jefferson County Public Library system — the third-largest in Colorado — she continues to recognize the important role libraries play in a community.