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  • Stage 2 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has issued a temporary stage 2 fire ban for all of Jefferson County until further notice. According to a released statement from the department, the ban is the result of warm and dry weather conditions, which have contributed to high fire danger in unincorporated Jefferson County; the extended weather forecast is “expected to elevate the (fire danger) rating even higher” over the course of the next week.

  • Breathing new life into Bowles Crossing

    It’s likely passers-by have noticed construction happening at Bowles Crossing. Indeed, change is coming to the South Jeffco shopping center.

    Largely, the project — nearly two years in the making — will bring aesthetic updates to the shopping center. But it also includes a new, multistory apartment complex and a variety of new shops and restaurants.

  • Inspired by mom, D’Evelyn student donates blood for first time

    It was never really a question for Sam Belmonte.

    As soon as the rising junior at D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School turned 16, he arranged to donate blood for the first time.

    His desire to do so comes from his mother, Kristin, who required many blood transfusions during two separate but equally dangerous pregnancies.

  • Segura sentenced to prison

    One of the suspects involved in an October smash-and-grab burglary at J.C. Penney Co. in Southwest Plaza will spend five years in prison.

    Lance David Segura, 19, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one class-4 felony burglary charge and another class-6 felony charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. A Jeffco judge sentenced him Monday to three years in prison for the burglary and 18 months in prison for the weapons charge. These two counts will be served concurrently.

  • Complaint alleges JCSO, Shrader violated ADA

    A lawsuit filed in May accuses two law enforcement agencies, including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader, of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    Among other things, the civil suit alleges two women, Ruthie Jordan and Mary Patricia Graham-Kelly, both of whom are deaf, weren’t provided certified American Sign Language interpreters when they were arrested by Jeffco deputies and booked into the Jeffco jail.

  • Red, White & You returns

    The work for Foothills Park and Recreation staff and volunteers begins long before thousands pack Clement Park for the annual Red, White & You celebration.

    In fact, as soon as the crowds leave Clement Park, work on next year’s event commences.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Re-strained relations

  • Colorado’s 2018 primary election

    Yes, it’s that time of year again, where almost every other commercial is a political ad and there are perhaps too many candidates to keep track of for too many races.

    After Colorado’s primary elections next Tuesday, however, the pool of candidates for governor, state legislators, Congressional representatives and a smattering of other municipal offices will dwindle — setting the stage for four months of heavy campaigning by finalists and a clearer picture of what the November elections will look like.

  • Jeffco Public Schools approves agreements with employee unions

    Jeffco Public Schools has reached and approved a contract with its teachers union after a contentious negotiations period that saw teachers stage walkouts in April to protest teacher pay levels and school funding in Colorado, as well as proposed changes to the Public Employees Retirement Association — the state’s public employee pension fund.

  • SW Plaza, Jeffco Public Health partner on Double Bucks program

    The weekly summer farmers market at Southwest Plaza is working with Jeffco Public Health to provide fresh produce to low-income individuals at a discounted cost.

    They’re doing so through the Double Up Food Bucks program, a statewide partnership led by LiveWell Colorado that allows customers to receive a dollar to spend on Colorado-grown fruits or vegetables when they spend a SNAP dollar on any eligible item at a participating farmers market. They can receive up to $20 per trip to the market.