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  • Explosives found in Southwest Plaza

    Police evacuated Southwest Plaza mall Wednesday and uncovered a pipe bomb and two propane tanks at the site of a small fire inside the shopping center.

    Late Wednesday, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office provided images of a "person of interest" in the incident. The man, who appears to be of middle age or older, is seen entering a back stairwell through a door. The man wore a baseball hat and a striped shirt, and he was carrying a grocery bag.

    The mall reopened Thursday.

  • No classes today at Columbine High School

    Classes were canceled today at Columbine High School in observance of the anniversary of the 1999 shootings. Teachers are using the day for staff development purposes.

    Extracurricular activities, such as the spring play rehearsal and cheerleader and pompom tryouts, are still scheduled.

    Twelve students and teacher Dave Sanders died in the attack on the school by gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

  • Jeffco, Boulder poised to sign pact on Jefferson Parkway

     

    Jeffco and Boulder were poised to sign a major agreement on the Jefferson Parkway on Tuesday, apparently having resolved a squabble over an opposition letter Boulder sent in February to the secretary of the interior.

    If the entities approve the intergovernmental agreement, Jeffco will effectively use $5 million in Open Space funds to buy Boulder’s cooperation on the toll road, the construction of which it has long resisted. The money would be used to help acquire 640 acres of land in Rocky Flats that would eventually become a wildlife refuge.

  • California coach arrested in Jeffco on luring charge

    A California volleyball coach was arrested April 8 in Jefferson County on suspicion of Internet luring of a child.

    Kyle Kvasnicka, 30, who was the head coach of the women’s volleyball team at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., is suspected of sending numerous sexually explicit messages to an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl.

  • Music fest coming to Botanic Gardens in August

    A multi-genre music festival featuring the rock band Everclear is expected to attract 5,000 concertgoers this summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and the promoter is already planning to hold the event annually.

    The Rocky Mountain Music Festival, scheduled to make its debut Aug. 28, will feature at least 19 rock, blues and country bands on three stages.

  • Former state representative Witwer named to state reapportionment commission

    Boundaries for Colorado’s 35 state Senate and 65 state House districts are being redrawn this year, and former state Rep. Rob Witwer will be holding one of the pencils.

    Witwer, an Evergreen native who served in the state House from 2005 to 2009, was appointed last week by House Speaker Frank McNulty to the 11-member commission.

    Redistricting of state legislative boundaries takes place every decade, following the U.S. Census. Districts are drawn to reflect population changes, with each district ideally having about the same number of residents.

  • Loss of teachers among concerns at budget forum

    The elimination of scores of teaching positions and the potential demise of the Outdoor Lab program were among concerns raised April 16 by a small group of constituents at a Jeffco Public Schools budget forum in South Jeffco.

    Board of Education member Paula Noonan and school staff fielded questions at Columbine High School about the district’s budget, which faces cuts of nearly $40 million in the coming academic year. Jeffco’s reliance on temporary classroom buildings and the use of instructional coaches were also of concern to attendees.

  • D’Evelyn teacher arrested in connection with photos of female students

    A D’Evelyn High School music teacher was arrested April 15in connection with photos taken of female students.


    Matthew Taylor, who teaches instrumental music and coaches the school’s marching band, was scheduled to appear in Jefferson County court on April 16 at 10 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor, 38, on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor, in connection with photos that allegedly contain inappropriate images of clothed students.

  • Jeffco puts projects on back burner

    Jefferson County tabled funding last week for numerous multimillion-dollar projects, including a long-sought work-release facility designed to ease congestion at the county jail.

    Though more than $116 million in construction had been proposed, only $76 million in potential loans could be issued, mandated by the county’s 2009 approval of certificates of participation, a complex financing mechanism that leverages existing assets — such as the Taj Mahal — to pay for new projects.

  • $83 million in projects planned for Jeffco airport over 20 years

    Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport could see nearly $83 million in new projects over the next 20 years, a revision to the facility’s master plan indicates.

    The revised plan, which the county was set to approve Tuesday, calls for runway enhancements and other projects that will help Jeffco’s airport accommodate an anticipated surge in traffic from large corporate jets over the coming decades.