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  • Sex offender arrested after home invasion

      A registered sex offender was arrested early July 19 in South Jeffco after a local family reportedly discovered him trespassing in their garage.

    Sean Deering, a Lakewood resident, is charged with six felony counts and is accused of entering the garage of a home in the 8700 block of West Fair Drive. The intruder allegedly crept under the garage door, which was open by about a foot. A woman who was asleep in the home woke shortly before 2 a.m. to find a man walking around in the unlit garage.

  • No reprieve for former jail

      The jail that Jeffco outgrew in the mid-1980s still sits on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, but the gnarled artifact has a date with the wrecking ball soon — and the building apparently won’t be mourned or missed.

    By most accounts, the structure, which was built in 1958 and housed the sheriff’s department for almost three decades, does not hold fond memories for the sheriff’s personnel who worked there — or, for that matter, for its former overnight guests.

  • Jeffco plans joint venture with land developers

      Almost a third of the land owned by Jeffco’s airport would be commercially developed under an unprecedented plan in which any ultimate profits would be split with a private firm based in Denver.

    Details of a contract for the joint venture, the first public-private partnership land deal in Jefferson County’s 148-year history, may not be finalized for months.

  • Meetings set for input on Jeffco master plan

       Jefferson County is updating its 10 community plans as part of its new Comprehensive Master Plan.

    Meetings to gather citizen input for the South Jeffco plan will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at the Ken Caryl Ranch House, 7676 S. Continental Divide Road, and on Wednesday, July 28, at the Columbine Library.

  • 'Riddle King' to entertain kids at Columbine Library on Thursday

    It’s no joke. Mike Thaler, America’s riddle king, will pay a visit to the Conifer and Columbine libraries for a quick lesson in funny to promote his new book series and share his own story.

    Thaler will visit both the Conifer and Columbine branches of the Jefferson County Public Library on July 29. During his visit, he will teach kids how to make up riddles; read from his book “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon;” give autographs; and answer questions.

  • Judge gives prosecutors access to Eastwood jail records

    The defense team for Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood lost a round July 23, when a judge overturned a prior ruling that prevented prosecutors from accessing the defendant’s jail records.

    District Judge Christopher Munch also denied a defense attorney’s request to close the motions hearing to the public.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire burning along Hogback south of Morrison

    Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze on open land south of Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    The fire, near C-470 and U.S. 285, was being pushed north along the Hogback by strong winds.

    The on-ramp from Morrison Road to eastbound C-470 was closed.

     

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.

  • Zeman named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers

     

    Tim Zeman, a Denver native, has been named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers, which includes the Columbine Courier.

    Zeman, 46, is returning to Colorado after spending 17 years in Florida with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, where he held numerous advertising sales and sales management positions. He earned an advertising and public relations degree from the University of Arkansas after leaving Colorado in 1989.

  • Foothills will spend $3 million on energy-efficiency measures

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District is directing nearly $3 million to energy-efficiency upgrades at its facilities, as the district board voted July 13 to fund a contract with the McKinstry firm, which is guaranteeing Foothills will save on energy bills.

    The board of directors also authorized the purchase of two new Zamboni ice-resurfacing vehicles to replace the 20-year-old units at The Edge Ice Arena.