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  • Stables remain closed at Chatfield State Park

    Horses in the stables at Chatfield State Park have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and so the stables will remain closed until the infected horses have been treated and no signs of the virus remain. 

    The stables were closed Aug. 21 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife after several horses displayed symptoms of the malady, and testing was done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals. 

  • CDOT outlines toll-lane project on C-470

    The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks adding a tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard is the right solution to traffic congestion. 

    CDOT presented possible funding options for the project Aug. 19 during one of several town hall meetings scheduled over the next month. The tolls would cover a large chunk of the project’s $230 million price tag, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford. 

  • Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

    The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

  • One arrested in shutdown of C-470

    A threat against deputies investigating an illegal camp led the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to shut down both directions of C-470 at West Bowles Avenue on Sept 1.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies were checking on a report of an illegal camp under the overpass at Bowles and C-470 when they were threatened by two people.  

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

    A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

  • Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas rules

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to review proposed changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

    The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

  • Pot task force likely to recommend against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force will end several months of work Sept. 9 when its members vote on whether or not to recommend allowing retail marijuana sales in the county. 

    But it appears a forgone conclusion that the task force will not recommend allowing retail sales, growing operations, testing and manufacturing related to retail marijuana. 

  • Stables closed at Chatfield State Park

    The stables at Chatfield State Park are temporarily closed due to a possible outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in the horses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed the stables while it waits for test results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

    During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals, said Matt Robbins, a Parks and Wildlife spokesman. Owners who wish to bring their horses to Chatfield to ride may still do so, but Robbins said they will be cautioned about the possible outbreak.

  • Littleton woman goes missing on trail near Crested Butte

    A 54-year-old Littleton woman has been missing since Aug. 13 in the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area near Crested Butte.

    The woman, Sherri Ahlbrandt, was hiking with two friends when she decided to continue alone up to Daisy Pass. After sending a text message saying she was near the top of the pass, Ahlbrandt has not been seen or heard from.

  • Plan to annex mall facing ballot deadline

    Bow Mar has less than a week to decide if it will place a sales-tax question on November’s ballot as part of a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town.

    Mall owner General Growth Properties approached the town earlier this year about annexing the mall, which is in unincorporated Jefferson County. The annexation would let the town levy a sales tax on businesses in the mall, with the revenue split between the town and General Growth Properties. The company could spend the money only on improvements and upkeep to public areas of the mall.