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  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

  • Polar Dip benefits wounded Denver officer

    Jea King, 73, was among warm-hearted people who jumped into chilly lake waters at the Grant Ranch Village Center on Saturday for a good cause. King and about 20 others who participated in the Polar Dip were raising funds for Tony Lopez Jr., a Denver police officer who was injured in the line of duty in December.

    “I wouldn’t do this for fun,” King said. “It only takes five minutes out of my life. I can do that.”

  • Property-tax bills leaving Jeffco residents with ‘sticker shock’

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Building a stairway to the tracks

    A project to build a stairway leading to views of rarely seen dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge has received support through a $20,000 grant recommended by Jeffco Open Space.

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge requested the grant, which is being awarded through the state's Conservation Trust Fund.

    The stairway will let visitors closely observe a set of Iguanodontid tracks that are in the bottom of an ancient Cretaceous tidal channel that is about 100 million years old, said Kermit Shields of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Multiple suspects sought in robberies at Southwest Plaza, Park Meadows

    Authorities are searching for several suspects in separate but similar robberies Wednesday night at Southwest Plaza in South Jeffco and at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree.

  • Horton House owner determined to rebuild

    MORRISON — For Lila Horton, owner of the historic Horton House Bed and Breakfast, there is no place but Morrison she’d rather call home. Not even after a devastating fire closed the B&B’s doors in October.

    “This is actually my identity,” Horton said. “It’s my first pair of ice skates under the tree.”

  • Horton House owner determined to rebuild

    MORRISON — For Lila Horton, owner of the historic Horton House Bed and Breakfast, there is no place but Morrison she’d rather call home. Not even after a devastating fire closed the B&B’s doors in October.

    “This is actually my identity,” Horton said. “It’s my first pair of ice skates under the tree.”

  • Trader Joe’s to open in Bowles Crossing Shopping Center in March

    Trader Joe’s, a specialty grocery store with its own food brands, is scheduled to open in the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center on March 25.

    “We think it’s a great fit for the community,” said Alison Mochizuki, a Trader Joe’s spokesperson.

  • Consolidation of county dispatch services will mean savings for West Metro fire district

    Establishing a centralized emergency dispatch center in Jefferson County is expected to save the West Metro Fire Protection District about $400,000 annually, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

    The planned JeffCom dispatch center will be on the third floor of the West Metro administrative building in Lakewood, where all 911 calls will be directed, Lombardi said at the district's Jan. 28 board meeting.

    “Consolidation winds up being much more favorable for us,” he remarked.

  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.