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  • Group proposes enclosed space to cover, preserve tracks at Dinosaur Ridge

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is hoping to cover the dinosaur tracks at the Morrison-area site with a viewing facility.

    Representatives from the group presented their ideas to the Jefferson County commissioners at a staff briefing on Aug. 29 and asked for consent to move forward with the formal proposal, as well as the planning and fund-raising processes. The commissioners gave their consent.

  • 19-acre lot near Morrison to be rezoned for housing development

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 during its Aug. 29 board meeting to approve rezoning a lot near Morrison to allow 19 single-family houses to be built there despite recommendations from staff members and the planning commission to deny the request.

    The 19-acre lot in Willow Springs is directly south of U.S. 285, near the intersection with State Highway 8, and is along the Turkey Creek Flood Plain.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Re: glass houses

  • Helping hands build community playground

    Residents of Columbine Knolls South Estate now have a new playground to enjoy, thanks to a contribution from Foothills Park and Recreation District and volunteer work from hundreds of community members.

    The Wayside Meadows Park project, which replaced a more than 40-year-old playground, was taken on by the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as its 2017 Colorado Cares Day Project. Foothills contributed $20,000 to the playground build, and church members and neighborhood residents helped organize volunteers.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue seeing more calls, especially mutual aid

    Calls are up for Indian Hills Fire Rescue partially due to a mutual-aid agreement signed in late 2016.

    As of the fire department’s Aug. 23 board meeting, there have been 223 calls in 2017. That is 34 more than last year and 81 more than in 2015.

    “Calls and calls and calls,” said Chief Emery Carson to board members as they reacted to the high number.

    “Yeah, we’re on a pretty good pace here,” added Marc Rosenberg, assistant chief and board member.

  • Sheriff’s Office hosts inaugural bike safety day

    Elyse Austin weaved her bicycle in and out of the bright orange cones strategically placed in the parking lot of Columbine High School. The 4-year-old may have hit a cone or two, but for someone who just learned to ride a bike, she looked like a pro.

    Her mother, Dusti, watched with a prideful smile, mentioning her daughter was a new rider. Elyse went straight from a balance bike — a two-wheel pedal-less bike — to a normal bicycle.

    “It was surprising how quickly she learned,” Dusti said.

  • Foothills advancing plans to put mill levy increase request on ballot

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is moving forward with plans to seek a mill levy increase in the November election, and it’s considering ways to utilize the money should its upcoming bid prove successful.

    During an Aug. 22 board meeting, the board of directors unanimously approved a resolution determining ballot language. In passing that resolution, the board also agreed to allow board members Tony Esolen and Bill Meyer to work with district counsel Paul Rufien to finalize the language before Jefferson County’s Sept. 8 submittal date.

  • Finding healing: Veterans embrace the peace and quiet of fishing at Lake Lehow

    Reflections paint the still waters of Lake Lehow as those scattered across its banks cast their lines, hoping for a bite.

    Cast. Reel. Catch. Release.

    With each launch of the fishing line on the shore of this secluded lake, they find stillness and clarity. But perhaps most of all, they find healing.

    These individuals have much more in common than shared space in the sand. Most also share the experience of war; they know service and honor, fear and pain. Through this understanding of combat and love for the outdoors, the group has become family.

  • Jeffco to delay school closure conversations until 2019, superintendent says

    In an attempt to ease concerns among parents and community members, the superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools announced last Friday that the school district will not consider any school closures for at least a couple of years.

    Superintendent Jason Glass said in a letter e-mailed to parents, as well as posted to his “Advance Jeffco” blog under the title, “Rethinking school closures,” that his administration would make recommendations to close any neighborhood school until at least the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Shrader seeking re-election as sheriff

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced Aug. 22 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part because there’s still more community work he wants to do.

    “I’m not done yet. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do at the Sheriff’s Office over the last few years, but one term is not enough,” said Shrader in a phone interview.