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  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that would have allowed auto dealerships, hotels and retail on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • Attempted break-in reported at South Jeffco gun shop

    Burglars attempted to enter a South Jeffco guns and ammunition store about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but nothing was stolen.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was notified of an alarm at Denver Guns and Ammo early Thursday. By the time deputies arrived at the store, at 8250 W. Coal Mine Ave., the perpetrators had fled.

    The perpetrators allegedly attempted to break in to the store by smashing two windows, but they apparently were unsuccessful.

  • Red Rocks getting tuned up for upcoming season

    As it enters its 76th year, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre prepares for a 2017 lineup filled with concerts, exercise programs, movies and more.

    The venue does not promote its shows and has yet to release a full lineup for the upcoming season, but Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts and Venues, said Red Rocks is excited about what has been announced thus far.

    “We are really proud of the work that was done last year, (and we are) proud of the way things are shaping up for 2017,” Bishop said.

  • Lockheed Martin will build spacecraft for mission to study primordial asteroids

    Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for a NASA mission to study asteroids near Jupiter.

    One of NASA’s two new Discovery Program missions, the Lucy spacecraft will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun in tandem with the gas giant. Lucy will launch in 2021 to study six individual asteroids, according to a Lockheed Martin news release.

  • A one-man wave of patriotism

    A Morrison man is showing the flag — literally — to do his part to stop the divisiveness that surrounded November’s presidential election.

    Jeff McNamara has taken to waving an American flag near his home at U.S. 285 and Sourdough Drive, at the roundabout in Marshdale, on overpasses along C-470, and elsewhere. He calls his stints with the flag “Yay America” rallies.

  • Jefferson County’s elected officials take the oath of office

    Running for public office can be an arduous process for those in the race, but oftentimes a candidate’s family also bears the burden of a campaign.

    Acknowledging and thanking friends and family members for their commitment and dedication through Election Day was a common theme for many of Jeffco’s elected officials during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Jeffco courthouse in Golden.

  • Wagging tail helps kids read tales

    Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.

    Though it might not be apparent at first glance, the 3-year-old therapy dog is on the clock; she is the canine component in the library’s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.