Highlands Ranch news in a hurry


iCan Bike seeks volunteers

Formerly known as Lose the Training Wheels, iCan Bike is a week-long camp that helps people with disabilities learn to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle in a week’s time.  The camp will be setting up shop in Highlands Ranch from June 17-21 at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 University Blvd., and organizers are in search of 100 volunteers to lend 75 minutes a day to assist campers.

There is a mandatory orientation session for volunteers scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. June 16, and volunteers get to pick which one of the five 75-minute windows works best for them daily. It is preferred, but not required, that volunteers can work the same time each day. Sessions start at 8:15, 9:50 and 11:25 a.m. as well as 1:45 and 3:20 p.m. There will be eight campers enrolled in each session and two to three volunteers will work with each camper.

For questions please contact Summer Aden with the Highlands Ranch Community Association Therapeutic Recreation at 303-471-7043 or by email at Summer.Aden@HRCAonline.org. To register, please go to http://hrcaonline.org/Recreation/TherapeuticRecreation/VolunteerForm.aspx.

Santa Fe Construction enters new phase

The Colorado Department of Transportation began paving operations for its $7.9 million continued U.S. 85 widening project this past week for the stretch of Santa Fe Drive between Cook Ranch to just north of Louviers. Paving operations are expected to continue until mid-September.

The project consists of reconstructing and widening 1.3 miles of the highway from two lanes to four lanes. The work includes two bridge replacements, raised medians, curb and gutter, new drainage systems, detention ponds and realignment of the Highlands Gulch Channel. Once complete, U.S. 85 will be a four-lane highway between Highlands Ranch and northern Louviers.

Work will be limited to 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and speed limits through the work zone will be 40 mph. Intermittent traffic stops for truck crossings and access/egress to and from the project site are to be expected.

Learn about rainwater harvesting

The Douglas County Conservation District and the Rural Water Authority of Douglas County will host a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 8 at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock. 

The workshop will address: passive rainwater uses; active rainwater uses, including basics of rainwater collection, calculation of needs, collection and storage, outdoor use, and indoor potable and non-potable use; Colorado regulations and laws and regulations, as well as incentives that exist in other states; and rainwater as a renewable water source in Douglas County and Colorado.

Cost to attend the workshop is $25 per individual or $40 per couple. Lunch and refreshments are included. For questions, please contact Pam Brewster at 303-688-3042 ext. 100 or at pam.brewster@co.nacdnet.net.

Jury scam on rise

A scam that dates back to 2005 is beginning to make its way through Colorado and a handful of other states. Due to the penalties for missing jury duty, scammers are preying on victims’ fear of legal action by pretending to be “jury duty coordinators” and questioning citizens about recent jury duty summons.

The scammers are requesting a Social Security number and date of birth to verify their information. Scammers are then armed to commit identity theft, tax fraud or hack into bank accounts.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, authorities want people to understand that jury duty is always arranged by mailed letters, and never by phone. If a citizen is expecting a summons, they are advised to hang up on the caller and get the information directly from their local courthouse or state attorney general’s website.

An official government representative will never make harassing threats over the phone to get information from a citizen, and citizens should never offer up their Social Security number over the phone to an unsolicited caller. 


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