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  • Rash of mailbox thefts reported in mountain areas, South Jeffco

    Numerous mailbox break-ins in South Jeffco and the mountain areas in early November are believed to be related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators targeted clusters of mailboxes such as those at apartment complexes or for a group of homes in more remote mountain areas, said Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt.

  • Early-morning fire damages outdoor area at Morrison eatery

    A fire on Monday at Beso de Arte in Morrison caused minor damage to the restaurant’s outdoor dining area.

    The early-morning blaze started in an outdoor fire pit at the Latin restaurant at 102 Market St. in downtown Morrison, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue. The fire caused minor damage to a structure separate from the restaurant’s main building. The restaurant itself wasn’t damaged.

  • IREA customers complain of scammers

    Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association have notified the electric co-op that an automated calling service has been claiming that their bills are past due.

    The call, which says electric service will be cut off in 30 to 45 minutes, instructs customers to make payment arrangements by calling an 888-prefix number, IREA says.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins were bigger than in 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.

  • Group withdraws one complaint against recall backers

    A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has withdrawn one of two complaints accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Park district to cover major portion of added costs for connector trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has agreed to cover a major portion of the added cost of the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam, which opened in June after several delays.

  • Denver Parks plans limited expansion of Chief Hosa campground

    Genesee residents who have been reviewing a master plan for Denver Mountain Parks are concerned about a section describing a major expansion of the Chief Hosa campground in their area.

    The park and trail improvement plan includes development of a large camping area for groups of 20 to 30 people, as well as other amenities such as restrooms and recreational facilities at the Chief Hosa North Campground, which Denver owns and manages.

  • Soldier Box Project receives abundant support from community

    Working together on the Soldier Box Project organized by TallGrass Aveda Salon and Spa, volunteers assembled 211 care packages Friday that will be mailed to troops in Afghanistan for this holiday season.

    “It was unbelievable. I can’t even describe how excited we all were,” said TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.

    This year’s effort more than doubled the initial goal of assembling 100 boxes for soldiers, which contain travel-sized toiletries, paperback books, baseball caps, games, personal notes, holiday cards and other items.

  • Voters recall conservative school board members

    Jeffco’s conservative school board majority was overwhelmingly recalled in Tuesday’s election, and the so-called “clean slate” of candidates backed by the Jefferson County Education Association and the recall organizers swept all five seats on the board.

    As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:

    ●   64.3 percent voted to recall Julie Williams in District 1. All voters participating chose Brad Rupert, the sole successor candidate, to replace her.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for programs to connect with youths

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.