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  • Jeffco swears in newly elected officials

    Jeffco started the new year with a little pomp and circumstance — and a lot of proud family members — when the county swore in its newly elected governmental officials on Jan. 8.

    The hearing room in the Jeffco government center was packed with relatives of the new officials waiting to see their loved ones take the oath of office, some for the first time. During the swearing in of District Attorney Peter Weir, his daughter stood by him, right hand raised, reciting the oath with her father.


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  • Cold enough for fish sticks

    Recent below-zero temperatures firmed up the ice on Chatfield Reservoir, making for perfect ice-fishing conditions. In the photo, Robert O’Brian, right, drills a hole in the ice Jan. 13 while Bret Schlender, left, and Malcolm Portlock get their hooks ready.

  • As Tighe takes office, funding cuts to social-services nonprofits come up again

    The Jefferson County commissioners got down to business for 2013 with a new look but still talking about old business, from board assignments to recent county funding cuts to three nonprofits.

    Democratic Commissioner Casey Tighe, who defeated Republican incumbent John Odom in November’s election, was sworn into office right before the Jan. 8 meeting along with Commissioner Faye Griffin, who was unopposed in her bid for re-election.

    The meeting marked the first time since Nov. 15 that all three elected officials were present and voting.

  • Influenza hitting county residents hard

    Jefferson County public health officials are urging residents to get immunized against influenza.

    Mark Johnson, executive director of Jeffco Public Health, said the seasonal illness is hitting the county hard.

    “We are seeing this season’s flu hit a bit earlier, and we’re seeing it hit a bit harder than we usually see it,” said Johnson.

    He said an 8-month-old from Jefferson County died from the flu.

  • Kerr confronts familiar issues in Senate

    The Colorado General Assembly has embarked on its 2013 session, a four-month whirlwind that will address thorny issues which include education funding, civil unions and gun control.

    And in the middle of all that will be newly elected state Sen. Andy Kerr, a Democrat representing South Jeffco’s recently redrawn District 22.


  • House fire sends resident to hospital

    A fire in Littleton has damaged one home and sent one person to the hospital.

    Littleton firefighters responded to the single-family home in the 6900 block of South Buffalo about 11:43 a.m. Monday and found smoke coming out the back of the house.

    It took the 29 firefighters that responded about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

    A resident in the home was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The age and sex of that person were not available.

    The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

  • Choppers evacuate two injured hikers from Deer Creek Canyon Park

    Two hikers were airlifted out of Deer Creek Canyon Park on Thursday night after being injured in a steep and remote area, according to an official at Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue.

    The two men were at a spot near Plymouth Rock Trail, which Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad described as being a short but difficult hike.

    “They had left the trail and begun to work their way off trail in a very rocky and steep area,” he said.

  • Third suspect held in fatal shooting in Littleton last October

    A third suspect has been arrested in the Oct. 19 shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Littleton. 


    The shooting occurred late Oct. 19 in the 5400 block of Fox Street. The victim, Da Von Flores, was shot and killed after a fight at a nearby house party. 

    The third suspect, 18-year-old Chase Spridgen, also was shot during the incident. He had not been initially identified as a suspect by the Littleton Police Department. 

  • Proposal for auto dealership near Kipling and C-470 withdrawn

    A controversial plan to put a car dealership near South Kipling Street and C-470 has been withdrawn by the developer. 

    The proposal, which targeted 11 acres next to the Chatfield Bluffs South and Chatfield Bluffs Condominiums at West Ute Avenue and Kipling, had drawn resistance from surrounding neighborhoods. The Colorado Alliance for Responsible Development was formed to fight the rezoning application.