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  • Author finds publishing niche in digital books

    Aspiring author Kathy Lynn Harris noticed a year ago that it seemed like everybody on airplanes was using e-readers and not reading print books anymore.

    So she decided it was time to give up the dream of finding a traditional publisher and publish her novel, "Blue Straggler," the digital way.

    Within a few months, "Blue Straggler" was successful enough to attract 30,000 downloads, 59 reviews on Amazon.com and an ink-on-paper indie-book publisher, 30 Day Books of Seattle, which is getting her book into bookstores.

  • Party spirit prevails despite fireworks ban

    Although attendance was down, the mood was definitely upbeat at the annual Red, White & You celebration at Clement Park on Tuesday, July 3.

  • Denver Water building satellite office in Littleton

    Denver Water, which provides water to Littleton and much of Arapahoe County, is building a new satellite office building, garage and storage unit at the northwest corner of South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue.

    The $5 million complex on 3.4 acres will house about 20 people who mostly work in the vicinity, said Stacy Chesney, spokesperson for Denver Water.

  • IREA investigating operations at Comanche 3 plant

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association has commissioned an investigation into a coal-fueled power plant it partially owns that has experienced ongoing problems since opening in 2010.

    IREA, a part-owner in the Pueblo-based Comanche 3 plant, joined with one of its co-owners to hire an engineering firm to look into whether the plant is being operated properly, said IREA general manager Patrick Mooney. Mooney declined to name the engineering firm and has no timeline for the investigation’s completion.

  • Waterton Canyon reopens Saturday

    The Waterton Canyon Trail was scheduled to reopen Saturday morning after being closed all day Friday because of a small lightning-sparked fire that broke out about 4 p.m. Thursday in an area called Mill Gulch.
    U.S. Forest Service crews used the canyon road on Friday to bring in equipment to fight the fire, which affected about 3 acres.

  • Chatfield Reservoir drowning victim is identified

    The Douglas County coroner's office has identified a body found July 4 in Chatfield Reservoir as Colorado Springs resident Jason Gustav Stark, 37.

    The cause of death is being listed as accidental drowning, said Coroner Lora Thomas.

    There was no boat involved. The victim was reported missing on Saturday, and the Littleton dive team conducted an unsuccessful search, said Ron Hanavan, Douglas County sheriff's spokesman.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot.  

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools. 

  • Deck collapse causes minor injuries

    A deck collapsed Tuesday evening at a home in the 7600 block of West Ottawa Place, resulting in minor injuries to an undetermined number of people.

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley confirmed that no serious injuries were reported in the incident. It was not known how many people were on the deck when it collapsed.

  • Commissioners get tough on fireworks sales

    The sale of fireworks from temporary fireworks stands was banned countywide last week under a new ordinance passed June 26.

    In an effort to head off a situation in which fireworks sellers would be allowed to keep selling their products from tents amid extreme fire danger and despite the statewide ban on using personal fireworks, the county commissioners took action at their regular weekly meeting.

  • Commissioners take it slow on bridge to somewhere

    Golden has plans to build a pedestrian bridge to somewhere — specifically, from a residential area to the west corridor light-rail line — but the Jeffco commissioners are taking it slow.

    The commissioners decided June 26 to delay action on county easements for the proposed bridge, which inevitably conjures memories of the infamous “bridge to nowhere” erected by Jefferson County over South Wadsworth Boulevard at Bowles Avenue.