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Local News

  • Library patrons checking out new book sorter

    Patrons of the Columbine Library are noticing a big difference when returning materials — they now feed books into a computerized system that weeks ago replaced the tried-and-true depository bin.

  • Library board violated Open Meetings Law, press lawyers say

    The Jeffco Public Library board violated the state’s Open Meetings Law on May 19 when the public was removed from a meeting involving its budget, say two Colorado Press Association attorneys.

    The board, which includes two practicing lawyers and an executive member of the Colorado Freedom of Information Council, held the executive session at the Arvada Library, citing a section of the law that allows for closed meetings about matters involving negotiations.

  • Wadsworth to be closed Tuesday night for bridge work

     Wadsworth Boulevard will be closed Tuesday at 9 p.m. between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue, as crews pour concrete into the new pedestrian bridge.

    The road will reopen on Wednesday at 5 a.m.

    Detours utilizing Cross Street, West Long Drive and West Bowles Avenue will be in place for both northbound and southbound traffic, Jefferson County stated.

  • Man hit by truck near playground dies

    Robert Husak, 19, died May 26 at St. Anthony Central Hospital, less than a week after a large truck hit him as he sat on a park bench near the Whisper Creek apartment complex.

    A helicopter took Husak to the hospital following the accident. The 19-year-old was trapped beneath the truck, which careened into a playground after hitting Husak and 20-year-old Matthew Maccord. Maccord was taken by ambulance to Swedish Medical Center.

    Charges have not been filed against the driver of the truck, Sebastian Kowzan, 28.

  • Liquor license considered for Edge Ice Arena’s new eatery

    Many hockey players find the prospect of postgame revelry unaccompanied by frosty brews inconceivable, and The Edge Ice Arena may soon be equipped to handle such a demand.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on May 24 considered the possibility of a liquor license for The Edge’s new restaurant, which is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 1.

  • An Eagle helps the eagles

    Chatfield High School sophomore Cole Mickey spent his Eagle Scout project digging holes and cementing 13-foot posts in Clement Park last month, in the hope that birds of prey will be attracted to the area’s prairie dog colony.

    The project, which Mickey undertook at the suggestion of the Foothills Park & Recreation District, is designed to reduce the prairie dog population by making the small creatures easier targets for natural predators.

  • Columbine Knolls water slide a monument to fun

    A new $140,000 water slide at the Columbine Knolls pool takes riders through a figure eight of twists before spitting them out into the water 20 feet below, and pool-goers have to march up three flights of stairs just to reach the slide’s entrance.

    The slide, which opened along with the pool on May 21, is two and a half times taller than the old model, a tepid ride from 1994 that the recreation district’s director said was best suited for young children.

  • Local graduates embrace change

    Dakota Ridge alum Breeauna Shaver watched her group of kindergarten tots graduate to elementary school last week, and the symbolism wasn’t lost on her.

    The crowd of youngsters, with whom she’s played and helped teach in an after-school program, attended a very informal fete, a celebration of their diminutive transition from crayons to pencils.

    But for Breeauna and hundreds of other former Dakota Ridge students, the May 26 high school graduation represented a much larger step.

  • Charge against man who gave cop the finger to be dismissed

    The Colorado State Patrol requested Friday afternoon that the harassment charge against a man who flipped off an officer in South Jeffco last month be dropped.
    The district attorney’s office has already filed a motion to have the charge dismissed, a news release from the State Patrol stated.
    Shane Boor, 35, was charged with criminal harassment, a count that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

  • Man charged after giving cop the finger

    An Arizona man ticketed last month for flipping off a state trooper in Jefferson County was denied his First Amendment rights, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

    Shane Boor, 35, was driving near C-470 and West Bowles Avenue on his way to work April 19 when he gave the finger to a trooper who had pulled over another driver. A different state trooper tracked him to his work site, where Boor received a summons for making the obscene gesture.

    The criminal harassment charge against Boor carries a maximum potential sentence of six months in jail.