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  • Church on a mission to build new worship space

    Parishioners at Light of the World Roman Catholic Church do not sit in pews or kneel on kneelers. Instead, they have folding chairs and garden-style sponge kneepads.

    When the church was built in 1984 at Bowles and Kipling, the idea was to save money by having one large multipurpose space rather than a church and a community center.

    The "crying room," where parents with babies can be seated behind glass, is situated behind a bank of French doors, making it so hard to see the altar that the occupants watch Mass on a monitor.

  • Jeffco lifts fire ban

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the total fire ban that had been in effect since March 27.
    The following are now permitted in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County:
    • Any fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices.
    • Charcoal-grill fires at private residences or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area.

  • Ken Caryl Metro District elects three

    Jeff Esbenshade, Ryan Rhinehart and Lauri Lehan-Milan were elected to four-year terms on the Ken Caryl Metro District board of directors in the May 8 election.

    A total of 1,240 ballots were cast out of 6,349 ballots issued to voters, according to the judges' certificate of election returns. The results:

    Jeff Esbenshade, 597

    Ryan Rhinehart, 592

    Lauri Lehan-Milano, 561

    Brooke McGuire, 533

    Ruth Sundberg, 475

    Earl Bohlen, 455

  • Incumbent Maulik re-elected to Foothills board

     

  • Bat found in Littleton tests positive for rabies

    A bat specimen from Littleton submitted May 7 to the Colorado Department of Public Health was the first animal to test positive for rabies this year.

    A homeowner found the dead bat near a window well. No human exposure is known to have occurred, according to a Jeffco health department release issued May 16.

    The rabies virus is found in the saliva of an infected animal and can be transmitted when a rabid animal bites or scratches another animal or person.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Opie gone bad

  • Optometrist seeks appointment to Foothills board

    Tim James — a family man, business owner, park district resident for 10 years and avid fan of the active, outdoor lifestyle — believes it's time "to give back and serve the community."

    James has submitted his name as an applicant for appointment to the Foothills Park and Rec District board from Ward 2.

    The position became available when incumbent Jill Nunes decided not to run again this spring. No one else submitted their name before the May 8 election, leaving it up to the board to make an appointment.

  • Increase in crime-lab construction costs irks commissioners

    A construction company hired to produce detailed cost estimates for a Jeffco crime lab and community corrections facility says the price tag is $13 million higher than the $46.4 million originally budgeted.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners took a dim view of the news, saying that cuts would have to be made because there is no more money in the budget.

  • Jeffco unveils bicycle-pedestrian plan

    In response to the growing demand for healthy alternatives to automobiles and the popularity of bicycles for commuting, Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Division has created a combination bicycle-pedestrian plan that would build bicycle-friendly elements into roads designed for cars only.

    The plan was presented to the county commissioners at the weekly meeting May 1 and adopted on a 3-0 vote.

    The first bicycle-pedestrian plan was created in 1995 and consisted of sidewalks along major roads and trails along major drainage ways.

  • Jeffco Schools considering property-tax increase

    The Jeffco school board is weighing a property-tax increase for the November ballot that would cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $30 a year over the current bill.

    The district, which has made significant cutbacks in recent years and faces more without additional revenue, is proposing two measures: a $35 million to $39 million revenue increase from the basic mill levy, plus a $99 mililon bond issue.