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  • County commissioners enact moratorium on retail marijuana shops

    Jeffco has decided to put the brakes on retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners voted 3-0 on June 18 to prohibit any retail marijuana businesses from setting up shop. The ban includes retail sales and growing operations, along with testing and packaging facilities.

  • Emergency notification system worked well, Sheriff’s Office says

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is more than happy with how its new emergency notification system, CodeRED, performed during the Bluebell Fire.

    The emergency calls had a successful connection rate of 84 percent, said Mark Techmeyer, sheriff’s spokesman. He said a connection rate of about 60 percent is considered acceptable nationally. 

    “We really couldn’t be more pleased,” Techmeyer said. “When you’re looking at 84 percent, it really went well.”

  • Littleton’s Election Commission eyes ‘approval voting’ plan

    The Colorado Coalition for Approval Voting is asking Littleton to change its voting system for municipal positions to make it possible for a voter to “approve” several candidates for an office.

    The coalition, led by Frank Atwood, made a presentation to Littleton’s Election Commission last week.

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.

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  • Stage 1 fire ban in effect in unincorporated Jeffco

    A temporary stage 1 fire ban took effect at 5 p.m. June 11 in areas of unincorporated Jefferson County.

    Recreational fires, except within a permanent fire grate at a park, campground, private residence or picnic area, are prohibited. Smoking must be done in areas that are cleared of all combustible material.

    Violators could face a fine up to $600.

    For more information, visit www.jeffco.us/sheriff/news/2013/temporary-stage-1-fire-restrictions-issu....

  • Suspect in gun-store burglary allegedly tries to escape

    A suspect in a burglary at a South Jeffco gun store tried to crawl through the ceiling in the Sheriff's Office in a failed escape attempt Monday.

    The suspect, 29-year-old Christopher Snow, had been arrested early Monday when Jeffco deputies responded to an alarm at Denver Guns and Ammo at 8250 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    When deputies arrived at the store, they saw a man fleeing from the front. After searching the surrounding area, Snow was found in a trash container of a nearby business and taken into custody.

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  • Fire at Bandimere Speedway leaves one injured

    A propane fire at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison injured one person Monday morning.

    An 80-pound propane tank was involved in the blaze, according to West Metro Fire's Twitter account. One person was injured and taken to the hospital.

    Smoke from the fire was visible from C-470.

    Check back at www.columbinecourier.com and follow @RamseyColumbine on Twitter for updates.



  • Foothills must make repairs to irrigation ditch

    A ditch that carries water to irrigate two Foothills Parks & Recreation District properties was damaged by snow runoff this spring, and a repair bill may be looming.

    A 70-foot section of the Bergen ditch system that supplies water to The Meadows Golf Club and Easton Regional Park failed at the beginning of May. The heavy snow at the beginning of the month, coupled with the usual water flow, caused part of the ditch to be washed out, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.

    The cost to repair the system is still unknown.

  • Library offers crime scene investigation class to area teens

    Teens looking for a little mystery in their lives are in luck.

    The Bemis Library is teaming with the Littleton Police Department to put on a three-day crime scene investigation class for students in ninth through 12th grades this August. Students will have a chance to learn from the Police Department’s CSI team about what it takes to break down a crime scene and find evidence.