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  • Swimmers raise nearly $200,000 for cancer research at inaugural event

    A gleam of sunshine reflected off Chatfield Reservoir on Sunday morning as swimmers dashed into the water on the count of 10.

    It didn’t matter whether the swimmers were participating in the 5K, mile or half-mile. After all, Sunday wasn’t a race. It was a fundraiser for cancer research.

  • Dog dies after truck submerges in Chatfield Reservoir

    One dog died Friday afternoon after being trapped inside a submerged truck at Chatfield Reservoir.

    Firefighters and the dive team with Littleton Fire Rescue arrived at the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park just before noon Friday after getting reports of the submerged truck. The driver of the truck and a second dog made it out of the truck uninjured. 

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  • Black Bear Trail opens to public

    Hikers and bikers can now traverse two Jeffco Open Space parks via the Black Bear Trail.

    The newly opened trail, which connects Hildebrand Ranch and Deer Creek Canyon Park, is 6.3 miles and rated as difficult, largely due to its length and exposure.

    “Once you start the trail, it’s pretty much a one-way trip unless you turn around,” said Jason Crum, trails lead for the southern region of Jeffco Open Space.

  • CDOT looking for funding to make WestConnect improvements happen

    Now that a study of traffic improvements along C-470 is complete, the Colorado Department of Transportation is working through its next obstacle — finding funding for the recommended projects.

  • Art gallery provides affordable art — with Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a backdrop

    It doesn’t take long for Jamie and Scott Jasper to explain how much they love Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It’s the place where they met and later got engaged.

    “Oh man, I love everything about it,” Jamie said. “ … Hearing the music outside, being with 10,000 people outside, that’s what I love about Red Rocks.”

  • Husband-wife pair opens running store at former Red Rocks wedding chapel

    A love for running brought Deb Spence and Ken Pliska together.

    Though the pair lived just a few miles apart in Colorado, they met while competing in the Boston Marathon. Not long after, they were married at the finish line of the race.

  • News briefs

    Chatfield teen raising money for homeless fundraiser

    A South Jeffco student has coordinated two fundraisers to raise money for Bagging Homelessness.

    The initiative — created by Max Heupel, a Chatfield Senior High School student — raises money for Denver’s homeless community through the purchase of everyday necessities.

    Those interested can support the effort during one of two fundraisers:

    • Aug. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 12512 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Unit C.

  • Teenage suspect to undergo mental health evaluation

    Proceedings against a teenager charged in a June 13 shooting in Lakewood have slowed pending a mental health evaluation from the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

    Quartez Smith, 18, was charged on July 19 with numerous felonies including attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and eight violent crime counts. Additionally, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition alleging delinquency — the charging document filed in juvenile court — against the second suspect in this case, a 13-year-old male.

  • Broom pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2017 case

    A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his involvement in a June 2017 vehicular homicide.

    David Broom pleaded guilty to a felony charge of reckless vehicular homicide as well as two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault. He returns to court for sentencing on Oct. 25.

    On June 24, Broom was driving on Deer Creek Canyon Road in South Jeffco near Hildebrand Ranch Park when he lost control of his Toyota Cressida, crossed the double yellow line and hit an oncoming Ford Explorer.