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  • 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?

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

  • Mountain area residents offer ideas at school board forum

     Mountain area residents at a Jeffco Public Schools community forum had plenty of ideas for how the district should spend its money, with various attendees suggesting more incentives for teachers in hard-to-fill fields or hard-to-staff schools, bulking up the district’s security team, or providing more funding for the arts.

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

     The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

  • Teen charged in fatal accident on Ken Caryl Avenue

    A 15-year-old girl is facing a charge of careless driving resulting in death in connection with a traffic accident that killed a 16-year-old passenger, said Pam Russell, Jeffco DA’s spokeswoman.

    The teen is scheduled to appear in Jeffco court on April 13. The charge the teen is facing is classified as a misdemeanor, Russell said.

    The one-car accident occurred on West Ken Caryl Avenue on Jan. 30, the State Patrol reported.

  • MAD Greens offers fresh food with fun names

    Calling herself “the head of lettuce,” Darden Coors, CEO of MAD Greens, was checking out the newly opened restaurant at Southwest Plaza on Friday.

    With its creatively named selections of salads, soups, paninis and wraps, MAD Greens reflects the vision of its two collaborators and founders, Dan Long and Marley Hodgson.