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  • Plan to preserve Deer Creek Golf Club, build homes needs rezoning

    So many people packed the Deer Creek Golf Club’s clubhouse for last week’s community meeting on rezoning property for residential development that it was rescheduled in a larger venue. Attendees at the meeting May 12 at the Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl can get details of the project spearheaded by Dennis Carruth of Carruth Properties Co.

  • Plan for medical facility moves forward with rezoning recommendation

    Despite questions from nearby residents about the need for another emergency care facility in the area, the Jeffco Planning Commission on March 30 unanimously recommended rezoning for a medical center with a free-standing ER at Kipling and Coal Mine.

    “We currently have three ERs within a few miles from us,” said resident Dale Bowers. 

  • Jail seeking added funds to install mesh on balconies

    An ongoing effort to install steel mesh on balconies in the Jeffco jail is expected to reduce the risk of inmates attempting suicide and should be finished next year, according to a Sheriff’s Office official.

    The project targets high-risk areas, including maximum-security modules on the jail’s sixth and seventh floors, and pre-sentencing areas on the fourth floor, said Dan Gard, chief of the sheriff’s support services division, who appeared before the county commissioners March 22 to ask for additional funds for this year’s portion of the project.

  • Medical provider seeks to dismiss portions of lawsuit in jail death

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    The medical provider being sued by the family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the lawsuit, calling the complaint “scattershot.”

  • County inches closer to new pact with Comcast

    Attorneys for the county say a revamped agreement with Comcast that has taken years to negotiate should be ready to finalize by mid-April.

    David Wunderlich, assistant county attorney, told the county commissioners March 29 that pressure applied over the last several weeks has helped push along the process of changing the way the company pays to access its cable lines on county property.

  • Driver turns self in after deputy is injured in hit-and-run at accident scene

    The driver suspected of hitting a sheriff's deputy Wednesday evening at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit turned himself in to the State Patrol about 2 a.m. Thursday.

  • County's battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed. 

  • West Metro fire chief gets high marks from board members

    West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi received accolades from fire district board members who evaluated his performance this past year.

    “Chief Lombardi’s leadership is excellent. He is always looking at ways to save money,” the evaluation stated. “The chief is an outstanding leader and is respected by his employees, firefighters and the board of directors.”

  • Citizen attempts to thwart shoplifters

    A civic-minded citizen pursued two shoplifting suspects through the parking lot of the Burlington Coat Factory on West Bowles Avenue on March 24, jumping into their vehicle in an attempt to thwart the perpetrators.

    The black minivan began speeding away with its side door open and the good samaritan inside, until the two female suspects noticed they had company and screeched to a stop, yelling at their unwanted passenger to get out. They then fled.

  • Planning panel member re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.