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    It’s complicated

  • Whooping cough outbreak hits Jefferson County

    Colorado is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, and Jefferson County has the most cases in the state. 

    And the affliction isn’t limited to people who haven’t been immunized.

    Of the 1,407 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, that have been identified in the state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 8, Jeffco had at least 242, the most in any county. Denver County had the second highest number of cases with 207.

  • Littleton to implement high-tech snow removal plan

    The city of Littleton has a new strategy for clearing the streets of snow this winter, along with a new snowplow and sander.

    Now all it needs is some good directions. 

    The plan has yet to be implemented while the city waits for a Garmin global positioning system to arrive. The GPS systems were supposed to arrive last year but are now scheduled to arrive early this year.

    The systems will allow the city to see what streets have already been plowed and what areas still need work.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminster plans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art. 

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica. 

  • Commissioners OK changes in rules for RVs parked in unincorporated areas

    Changes in Jeffco’s parking regulations for streets in unincorporated areas have won initial approval from the county commissioners. 

    The changes would reclassify a trailer as a motor vehicle, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to ticket and tow a trailer if it has not been moved for 14 days. The changes also remove the requirement that a right-of-way be posted on a street before an illegally parked vehicle can be towed.

  • The holiday grind

    Now that the new year is here, it’s time to retire that Christmas tree. 

    If your tree is still waiting in the corner, Littleton wants to make sure you won’t just put it out for the garbage truck. 

     

    Littleton, along with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, will be recycling Christmas trees until Jan. 14. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, offers a way for residents to recycle trees and turn them into mulch.

  • Legislators assail cut in Jeffco social services funding

    The voices demanding that the Jeffco commissioners restore funding to three social services nonprofits are growing in number and intensity.

    State Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and current state representative and Sen.-elect Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, issued a news release before Christmas calling on the county commissioners to restore $688,000 that was cut from the county’s 2013 budget for Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Seniors’ Resource Center.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminsterplans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art.

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica.

  • Second arrest made in fatal shooting in October

    A second suspect has been arrested in the Oct. 19 shooting death of 18-year-old Da Von Flores of Centennial.

    Robert Alexander Placa, 18, was arrested Thursday night by Littleton police in connection with the shooting death of Flores on a Littleton street.

    On Oct. 19, police responded to a report of shots fired at 5400 S. Fox St. at 11:11 p.m. and found Flores and a 17-year-old boy shot. Flores died at the scene. The boy was transported to Swedish Hospital, where he received treatment for his wounds.

  • Man dies in Golden house fire

    A 67-year-old man died in a house fire in Golden on Thursday night.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, firefighters from Golden and Pleasant View responded about 10:48 p.m. to a fire at 1415 Isabell St.

    Neighbors had reported they could smell smoke and saw flames on the roof. Firefighters found the man’s body inside; he reportedly was the only occupant of the home at the time of the blaze.

    The fire is under investigation; the Sheriff’s Office said foul play is not suspected.