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  • Coyote activity increases with breeding season

    A large coyote was seen crossing the aptly named Coyote Song Trail at South Valley Park last week. A group of coyotes recently followed a man walking in Clement Park, where coyotes also approached a woman walking with an unleashed dog, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office report.

    Coyote sightings also have been reported on residential properties in the Columbine area and on the Meadows Golf Course in recent weeks.

  • Sheriff’s Office urges foothills residents to join neighborhood website

    Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt said county residents should consider joining Nextdoor.com, a neighborhood-based social media site that can help residents stay in touch with law enforcement.

    Neuenfeldt, speaking at the Feb. 17 Conifer town hall meeting at West Jefferson Middle School, said the site provides residents information about what is happening in their neighborhoods, which can include anything from lost dogs to bake sales to break-ins.

  • Sheriff’s Office receiving complaints about apparent IRS scam

     The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the weekend received six complaints about an apparent scammer claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service, a spokesman said.

    The scammer reportedly called and in some cases left voice-mails telling county residents they were behind in their tax payments and threatening arrest, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Foothills won’t seek tax hike this year

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has decided not to ask voters to approve a property-tax increase in May, after a focus group suggested taxpayers would reject the measure this year.

    Despite preliminary plans to seek a 1.75-mill increase to generate an additional $1.9 million in revenue annually, district Executive Director Ron Hopp said the district will delay asking taxpayers for a hike until possibly November 2017.

  • Shootout erupts when Parkco deputies serve ‘high-risk’ eviction notice

    The shootout Feb. 24 in Bailey that left one Park County sheriff’s officer dead and two others wounded came after they attempted to serve a "high-risk" eviction notice to a Friendship Ranch resident, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the department, died at the scene. 

  • West Metro fire board approves agreement for centralized dispatch service

    The West Metro fire board has unanimously approved a multi-agency agreement to establish Jeffcom, an authority that will create a centralized dispatch center serving the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and area fire districts.

    “All the chiefs have worked hard to accomplish this,” said Fire Chief Don Lombardi, presenting the intergovernmental agreement to fire board members on Feb. 16.
    “I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think it would be a much better product,” he remarked. “The benefits for citizens are great.”

  • Morrison, Denver negotiating agreement for water service to Red Rocks Park

    The town of Morrison and city of Denver are negotiating an agreement to provide water service to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is owned and operated by Denver Parks and Recreation.

  • Of time and the canyon

    As strong winds swept through Waterton Canyon last Thursday morning, students from Bradford Intermediate School gazed at high cliff walls and the swift-flowing river.

    “As you look up into the hills, you can see the wind causing erosion. Notice all the weathering,” said Bradford teacher Tonia Merino. “The erosional forces that created the canyon are at work today.”

    “You’re here to do research,” Merino added.

  • No charges filed against homeowner in Craigslist robbery

    No charges will be filed in the Jan. 24 shooting death of David Martinez, 38, at a South Jeffco home during a robbery, Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir announced Wednesday.

    Martinez was shot by the home's owner as he allegedly attempted to flee after a robbery at the home on South Taft Court. Martinez was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he died a short time later.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

     The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?