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  • Lockheed Martin presents Gateway Center plans at ceremony

    Lockheed Martin hosted an official Gateway Center groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday.

    Employees of Lockheed Martin, government officials and other community members gathered to celebrate the 266,000-square-foot facility. Construction began a couple of weeks ago on the Gateway Center, which will allow for the simultaneous manufacture of a wide range of satellites and will include a variety of testing chambers that simulate space conditions, test sensors and communications systems. This will allow for advanced test operations and analysis.

  • Up-close interaction: Chatfield Farms exhibit provides encounter with native butterfly species

    Kathie Smith’s eyes widened and her mouth dropped open as she felt the small chrysalis shake in her hands.

    “Oh my goodness,” she said with excitement. “Thank you for letting me have that experience.”

    The Littleton resident has been a volunteer with the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms for about two years, but last week was her first time holding a chrysalis at Chatfield’s annual butterfly exhibit.

  • Jeffco looks to improve Quincy Avenue

    Jefferson County is planning to revamp West Quincy Avenue between Tufts Avenue and Simms Street by adding bike lanes, improving roundabouts and crosswalks, and changing the four-lane roadway so that two of those lanes are left-hand turns.

    If the plan is approved, county staff says the project likely will begin in 2019 with work through 2020. Total cost is estimated to be between $6 million to $8 million, said Steve Durian, the director of transportation and engineering for Jeffco.

  • PLAN Jeffco celebrates legacy of land preservation

    What better way to celebrate one’s 45th birthday than with bird watching, history tours and biodiversity hikes?

    PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation, celebrated 45 years of achievements during an outdoor celebration Aug. 29 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More than 150 PLAN Jeffco members, Jeffco Open Space volunteers and area residents attended the festivities.

  • 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.

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    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.