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Stage 1 fire restrictions

As of June 11, Jefferson County is under a Stage 1 Fire Restriction.

The fire restrictions apply to all unincorporated county land, as well as federal land within the county.

Municipalities often apply the same restrictions as the county. Golden, for instance, has also enacted the following restrictions.

The following is prohibited during a Stage 1 fire restriction:

• No recreational fire that is not within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park area or private residence.

• No smoking, except within a vehicle, building or developed recreation site, or in a cleared area at least six feet in diameter from all combustible material.

• No use of banned fireworks.

Violation of the fire restriction can result in a $600 fine.

County commissioner town hall

As the Jefferson County Commissioners work on the 2014 county budget, they are looking for feedback from residents as to what services are most important and should be funded.  

On Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the county commissioners will participate in a phone-based town hall.

Citizens will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of the commissioners.

Calls will be placed to 50,000 randomly selected phone numbers of unincorporated residents to join the hour long phone meeting. The commissioners will answer live questions from callers and will also ask polling questions.

Anyone can call in to the meeting by dialing 877-229-8493 and enter the pin code 110646. 

Victim advocacy volunteers sought

Volunteers looking for a way to help their communities can consider being a Volunteer Victim Advocate.

Victim Outreach Information offers the opportunity to work directly with crime victims, offering support and access to resources during a critical stage of trauma. Volunteer Victim Advocates are called out by law enforcement on evenings and weekends to respond on scene to crime or accidents, ensuring victims’ rights are upheld and needs are met. 

VOI was established in 1986 and serves residents in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater, Golden, Mountain View, Lakeside, Morrison and the Colorado School of Mines in Jefferson County. 

The application process is selective and applicants must be at least 21 years of age, submit to a background check, attend a 40-hour training program and live within a 20-minute response time of cities served.

VOI provides volunteers with pagers and assists with training. No experience is necessary, just the desire to serve others at a critical time in their lives.

Applications are being accepted for the upcoming training that starts in September. For more information, contact the volunteer recruiter at 303-202-2196 or at nwatkinsvoi@gmail.com.

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