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  • Truck hits two pedestrians near apartment complex

    A large truck hit two pedestrians Friday afternoon near the Whisper Creek apartment complex, sending both to hospitals with serious injuries.
    Matthew Maccord, 20, and Robert Husak, 19, were sitting on a bench near a playground when a Ford F-250 driven by Sebastian Kowzan, 28, ran off the street at 3505 S. Nelson Circle, hitting both the pedestrians and the structure.

  • High school graduations schedule

     South Jeffco high school graduation schedule

     

    Chatfield High School

    Red Rocks Amphitheater (rain or shine)

    18300 W. Alameda Parkway

    Morrison

    May 20

    2 p.m.

     

    Dakota Ridge High School

    Comfort Dental Amphitheater

    6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

    Greenwood Village

    May 26

    7 p.m.

    Free and paid parking between $10 and $15

     

    Collegiate Academy

    Water Stone Community Church

  • Jeffco to pay detained immigrant $40,000 settlement

    Jefferson County is preparing a $40,000 settlement with an immigrant detained for 49 days in the county jail in 2009.
    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court on an alleged traffic violation, is being representing in the federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
    In addition to the claim against Sheriff Ted Mink, Quezada also reached a $50,000 settlement on May 3 with the other defendant in the case, the federal government.

  • Proposed zoning changes would allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners are mulling revisions to zoning ordinances that could allow short-term vacation rentals of single-family homes.

    County zoning staff presented a draft of changes at a May 10 meeting with the commissioners, who initially rejected the revisions, citing overly complex requirements the resolution would place on applicants.

  • County scraps program to control West Nile virus

    Jefferson County has ended its West Nile virus prevention program, citing budget cuts that will not allow the health department to control mosquito populations.

    Jeffco previously hired contractors to evaluate and treat potential mosquito breeding grounds across the county. Beginning this year, property owners will no longer benefit from the service, though the health department will provide guidance regarding mosquito control.

    Mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, breed in standing water and can hatch up to 250 eggs within seven to 10 days.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.

  • Wadsworth to be closed at Bowles for pedestrian bridge placement

     A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early morning hours on May 16 through 18, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Monday through Wednesday from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road is scheduled to be open as usual beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Closures planned on South Wadsworth for bridge installation

    A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early-morning hours from May 15 through 17, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Monday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road will be open as normal beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Jeffco library director takes job in Seattle

    Jefferson County Public Library Executive Director Marcellus Turner announced his resignation May 12, accepting a position as the Seattle Public Library’s city librarian.

    Turner will be leaving the Jeffco position on July 15.

    “I truly do enjoy and love this library system,” said Turner, a soft-spoken man who openly notes that though he frequently listens to audio books, he seldom reads the hard copies. “I’m going to miss it.”

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.