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  • Eastwood appears in court; hearing delayed until April 28

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, facing charges in the shootings of two students at Deer Creek Middle School, appeared in a courtroom for the first time April 6, at a preliminary hearing that was ultimately continued until later this month.

    Public defender Katherine Spengler asked for the continuance in light of nearly 2,000 pages of discovery presented by the prosecution. Many of the discovery documents, which include 600 pages of Eastwood’s journal entries, are illegible, she said.

  • Mr. Biggs’ liquor license revoked

     

    The future of Mr. Biggs remains uncertain in the wake of a marathon hearing before Jeffco’s liquor-licensing authority that ended with revocation of the entertainment center’s liquor license.

    The two-day hearing featured all the histrionics of a courtroom drama, with lawyers raising their voices during cross-examination of witnesses. The proceeding ended with two board members thoroughly chastising the troubled facility’s former management.

  • County eyes parcel in Wheat Ridge for new services hub

      Jefferson County could soon be relocating several large offices to a new building that would be built in Wheat Ridge.

    The county is sending a letter of intent to the city of Wheat Ridge indicating a desire to purchase a 7-acre property near West 44th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, where a county-services hub would be built.

  • Jeffco resurrects HR director position

     

    Jefferson County has hired a new human resources director, resurrecting a position that was eliminated in 2007 by former county administrator Jim Moore.

    Jennifer Fairweather, previously human resources director for the Denver Human Services Department, began her job at Jeffco on March 31.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell stressed that Fairweather’s position is a new one, at least in terms of the county’s administrative structure.

  • Former county administrator sues Jeffco

    Former county administrator Jim Moore filed a lawsuit April 5 against Jefferson County and its three commissioners, alleging the county violated provisions of his employment contract, denied him benefits and wrongfully fired him.

  • Appeal hearing for marijuana dispensary postponed

    The appeal hearing for a South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary owner was rescheduled last week because a member of the board of adjustment was absent. The next hearing for Footprints Health & Wellness owner Marc Giuliani is scheduled for April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

    The dispensary is contesting a Jefferson County zoning violation notice that could force the business to close if it is upheld.

     

  • Helicopter crash-lands on Mount Morrison

    A helicopter crash-landed on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks early Sunday morning just after the Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater.

    Two people aboard the chopper, a flight instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries when the copter went down around 7:30 a.m., said Cindy Matthews, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire. A May Day call had gone out from the copter saying it was heading for a concrete pad on Mount Morrison, Matthews said.

    The craft ended up putting down on the side of the mountain, then tipped over, its blades cutting into the slope.

  • 40-unit nursing facility proposed for vacant plot

      A specialized nursing home that would treat patients suffering from neurological trauma could soon be under construction in South Jeffco.

    Representatives from Care Meridian, which operates 16 such facilities in a handful of states, met with about 20 local residents March 30 to address concerns, including the potential for increased traffic and noise pollution.

  • How to get a free event listing in the Courier

    The Columbine Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear onåå a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www

    .columbinecourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

    The events must be free or charge a nominal fee, and must be open to the public. E-mail your information to news@evergreenco

  • 3 candidates vie for each of two Foothills board seats

      Three candidates are vying for each of the two Foothills Park & Recreation board seats up in the May election in Wards 3 and 4.

    The terms of two board members, Walt Frankland and Janet Shangraw, expire this year. Meanwhile, 2010 marks the beginning of Foothills’ new ward-voting system. A recent legal challenge brought by the Mesa View Estates neighborhood attempting to block the ward system in the upcoming election has so far not been successful, a district spokeswoman said.