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  • Plans to extend road in Golden run into opposition

     

    Dozens of Golden residents voiced vehement opposition at a Jeffco public hearing Sept. 28 to a plan that will extend a residential street leading to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and acquire six privately held properties through eminent domain.

    Grievances over extending Moss Street north of South Golden Road ranged from concern about landowners being forced to vacate property to worries about the new section of road’s impact on wildlife.

  • Fleeing robbery suspects lead to lockdown at 5 Jeffco schools

    Two armed-robbery suspects remained at large Thursday following a multi-jurisdiction pursuit through Golden that led to a handful of Jeffco schools being placed on lockdown. One suspect was arrested in a Colorado Mills King Soopers, apparently as he was exiting a bathroom.

    The five schools on lockdown were Bell Middle School, Pleasantview Elementary, Golden High School, Connections Learning Center and Free Horizon Montessori. The lockdown was lifted about 2:30 p.m., said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Calendar of Events

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    SATURDAY

    A Walk to Remember foundation memorial walk

    A Walk to Remember Foundation will hold a memorial walk and event at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Clement Park in Littleton to support those grieving infant loss. There will be speakers, readings, music and a 1.4 mile walk around Johnson Reservoir. For more information, visit www.walktoremember.org.

    Ken-Caryl Ranch Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

  • Budget cuts force Columbine library to close Mondays

     

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Columbine Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.

  • 1830s Rendezvous planned at The Fort

     

    The Tesoro Cultural Center’s 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Market is a celebration of sights, sounds and aromas, and this year’s event will give Boy and Girl Scouts a special peek at Colorado history.

    The rendezvous will be held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 26. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Zinna's wiretapping lawsuit dismissed

     

     

    The federal wiretapping lawsuit of one-time Jeffco gadfly Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove and two other defendants was dismissed on Sept. 7 by U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello, who cited a lack of concrete evidence.

    Zinna, who declined to comment extensively at press time, said he will appeal the ruling.

  • White supremacists gather at Chatfield State Park

     

    Members of several prominent white-supremacist groups gathered Sept. 18 at Chatfield State Park and apparently were met with opposition from local protesters.

    The supremacists, affiliated with white-nationalist organizations such as Internet-based Stormfront and the Colorado chapter of the Nationalist Coalition, said the 10- or 15-person convergence was little more than a social gathering.

  • Foothills plans another round of prairie dog fumigation

     

    Foothills Park & Recreation is likely to proceed this week with another round of prairie dog extermination in Clement Park, after a spectator at Columbine High School’s football field recently stepped into a hole and suffered a broken wrist.

    The poisoning will be smaller in scope than the previous extermination June 16, during which 539 burrows were fumigated, said district executive director Ron Hopp, adding that the measure is a safety response.

  • Report of gun spurs evacuation at Alameda High

    Alameda High School was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon following a report of person carrying a weapon inside the school. The Lakewood Police Department reportedly began searching the building following the evacuation.

    “There’s a report of a weapon in the school,” said Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Reeves.

    Students were relocated to the Lakewood Link Recreation Center at 1295 S. Reed St.

  • ’08 server attack on Foothills website led to improvements

     

    The 2008 server attack on the Foothills Park & Recreation website that compromised credit card data from thousands of users has since resulted in improved online security, the district said at a meeting near the event’s anniversary.

    And despite a temporary decline in online registration for the district’s programs, the server hack had little financial impact, said director Ron Hopp.