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  • Emergency services will be unhindered by bike race

    Even though major roads in the mountain area will be closed for the third leg of the Colorado Classic bike race Aug. 18, and motorists will have to find alternate routes, emergency services are working with race coordinators to ensure responding to calls will be unimpeded.
    About 90 male cyclists will traverse through Golden, Morrison, Kittredge, Evergreen, Conifer and Indian Hills during the late morning and early afternoon on Aug. 18.

  • Arvada man dies in I-70 motorcycle accident

    An Arvada man died Monday afternoon after his motorcycle hit a guardrail along westbound Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain. A female passenger was transported with serious injuries.
    Around 12:25 p.m., Allen Rael, 68, was driving the motorcycle carrying himself and Patricia Rael, 59, up westbound I-70 past the Morrison/Dinosaur Ridge exit and toward Lookout Mountain.
    Near mile marker 259, the motorcycle hit a guardrail on the far left side of the westbound lanes.

  • JCSO set to add school resource officers to middle schools

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is adding four deputies as school resource officers for local middle schools.
    The four deputies are scheduled to start orientation soon, Sheriff Jeff Shrader told the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners at its July 24 hearing, adding that the positions will help address increasing challenges and calls at middle schools.

  • Jury trial set for South Jeffco carjacking suspect

    A jury trial has been scheduled for the man accused of stealing a car in Lakewood and robbing several businesses in South Jeffco last December.

    Edward Roy Barron, 31, was arrested Dec. 10 after he reportedly carjacked a 27-year-old Lakewood man around 4 a.m. Dec. 9. Barron is set to return to court in November for a status conference and motions hearing before his Jan. 3 jury trial start date.

  • Never forget: Annual memorial services in South Jeffco honor fallen air medics

    Mark Mennie could organize his cardboard box of flameless, tealight candles, but he chooses not to.

    This way, as families and friends dig through the box, searching for the candle with a familiar name, they are forced to remember.

    “That’s part of the process,” said Mennie, a specialized air medical photographer. “ … It’s not organized. It’s designed for people to have to dig and to have to look at other names that they might not come across. That’s how we initiate the process of ‘never forget.’”

  • Jeffco DMV locations consider shortening hours

    Jefferson County Motor Vehicle Department is looking to shorten its hours at all locations due to an overload of work and a lack of customers in the early morning and late evening business hours.

    The change, which wouldn’t be enacted until the start of 2019, wasn’t without critique but ultimately was supported by all three commissioners during their staff briefing on July 24.

  • Parks briefs

    Commissioners approve waiver

    County commissioners gave the green light for a one-time waiver of a policy that requires Jefferson County Open Space to halt negotiations when a landowner has an active application with the planning and zoning department.

    The request to do so comes as Jeffco Open Space works with Dinosaur Ridge to update its facilities and negotiates with Three Dinos, the group inching closer to developing a plot of land at C-470 and West Alameda Avenue.

  • Local memory care facilities come together for inaugural dog show

    As each dog made its way to the judging table, 87-year-old Helen Lee James prepared her cues.

    “Out and back for me, please,” James said with authority.

    James, the second woman to be named as American Kennel Club field representative, knows the ins and outs of the dog show business. And now that she is a resident at Highline Place, a Littleton memory care facility, she served as the primary judge during the inaugural dog show on July 26 at Willowbrook Place, a sister facility in South Jeffco.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Disengagement party

  • Area residents concerned about reductions in RTD bus service

    By Tayler Shaw
    For the Courier

    Attendees at Monday’s community forum to discuss proposed RTD rate increases were less concerned about the proposed increases than they were with reductions in bus service.
    Only three citizens attended the meeting hosted by RTD directors Peggy Catlin and Natalie Menten, and they were more concerned that RTD’s nonprofit program that provides reduced fares for low-income and homeless people wasn’t effective.