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  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mixed messages

  • Poll gauges views on Open Space parks

    The most visited of the 25 parks in the Jeffco Open Space system are Crown Hill Park in unincorporated Jeffco between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and Lair o’ the Bear Park on Bear Creek.
    For those seeking peace, quiet and solitude, it might be interesting to know the least frequently visited open space areas are Pine Valley Ranch, Windy Saddle and Centennial Cone parks.
    Children are most likely to be visiting Lair o’ the Bear, Deer Creek Canyon and Apex parks.

  • South Jeffco couple convicted of child abuse

    A Jefferson County jury found Christine and Randal Arnold guilty April 18 of multiple counts of child abuse related to the alleged malnourishment and physical abuse of their 6-year-old adopted son.

    When first responders found the boy at the couple’s home in 2010, he weighed only 30 pounds, was semiconscious and was covered in bruises similar in shape to a belt buckle found in the home, prosecutors said.

  • Lacrosse event brings teams, charity together

    Columbine coach Matt Plitnick wanted to string together something for his players, something to promote boys lacrosse and also to raise money. But what exactly?

     

  • School district weighs annual contribution to economic-development group

    With approval of its 2012-13 budget expected next month, the Jeffco school board is evaluating its annual contributions to numerous organizations, including the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp.

    After an April 5 EDC presentation, the board praised the working relationship between the district and the economic-development group, though at least one school board member later expressed reservations about making the annual contribution, particularly as the future of state funding for education remains uncertain.

  • Lockout ends at Columbine High; no bomb found

    A lockout ended at Columbine High School about 3:20 p.m. Monday, three hours after the school received a bomb threat.

     

    Students were allowed to leave the campus for the day after remaining in classrooms while Jeffco deputies searched the grounds with bomb-sniffing dogs.

    The the school was on lockout after the threat report was made at 12:30 p.m., meaning classes continued but no one was allowed in or out of the building.

  • Golden rips draft legislation that paves way for beltway link

    The city of Golden says it would be railroaded by state legislation drafted with Jeffco’s help that would grant eminent domain power to build the controversial Jefferson Parkway.

    The draft bill, which has not yet been introduced in the legislature, was made public April 12 by Golden. The city characterized the document as a secretive means of circumventing the democratic process, but Jeffco officials sang the praises of the proposal, calling it a way to get a much-needed transportation project done.

  • Jeffco to replace roof on Taj Mahal for $1.4 million

    Jefferson County will spend up to $1.4 million to replace the severely damaged roof of Jeffco Courts and Administration and Building in Golden.

    County commissioners approved the expenditure April 3 after Anne Panza, Jeffco construction management manager, described the extent of damage to the roof’s heavy rubber membrane.

    “The membrane was actually ripped off of the roof in some areas,” she said. “Literally, the wind pulled that off.”

    The roof was installed about 20 years ago and had a 15-year warranty.

  • Crews inspecting water flowing into Strontia Springs Reservoir

    Denver Water just finished a cleanup of Strontia Springs Reservoir, but now the company must be alert to a new round of possible contamination from the Lower North Fork Fire.

    The reservoir reopened March 3 after a $17.7 million dredging project that cleaned out sediment and ash that came from tributaries affected by the 2002 Hayman Fire and the 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire.

  • SUV hits, kills jogger on West Hampden frontage road

    An out-of-control SUV struck and killed a man who was jogging Sunday near the LifeSource Adventist Fellowship church along the West Hampden Avenue frontage road.

    Denver police responded about 12:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday, finding a trail of tire tracks that veered off the road, led through a wooden fence and into the back of a home in the 3500 block of South Harlan Street. The jogger was pronounced dead at the scene, and a man found pinned between a wall in his home and the SUV was treated for minor injuries before being released from a local hospital.