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  • Pot dispensary will open on Jeffco’s border

    A new marijuana dispensary is set to open in a portion of Denver that is surrounded by unincorporated Jefferson County, where pot sales are prohibited.

    Native Roots, which will offer medical and recreational sales, is scheduled to open by late August in a shopping center at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Quincy Avenue. While much of the surrounding area is in Jeffco, the shopping center was annexed into Denver in the early 1970s.

  • Sewer line repairs begin in Columbine Valley

    Repair work has begun on a large sewer line in the Columbine Valley area that serves 14,000 people in the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, Grant Water and Sanitation District and Columbine Water and Sanitation District.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for senior housing facility

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a request to rezone 8.5 acres near the northwest corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Simms Street for the Westgold Meadows project, a 130-unit senior housing development.

    The parcel, west of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Simms, had been zoned for a planned development that allowed commercial uses only. The new planned development, approved unanimously by the commissioners on Aug. 4, will allow the retirement community, which will have on-site medical staff as well as a beauty salon and fitness center.

  • Commissioners OK change in dog-licensing fee

    Jeffco’s county commissioners voted 2-1 to approve a change in the cost to license dogs in the county, creating a flat $20 fee for both altered and unaltered canines.

    The flat fee represents an increase of $5 for dogs that are spayed or neutered, and a $10 decrease for unaltered canines. The program is administered by Foothills Animal Shelter, which asked for the increase to shore up its finances.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • Evergreen homeowner shoots two bear cubs

    An Evergreen homeowner shot two bear cubs early Tuesday in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive as they were trying to get into his trash. One cub died instantly; the other had to be put down.

    The live round also hit a window of a neighbor’s house across the street. No one was injured.

  • Active bears force closure of Waterton Canyon

    Waterton Canyon was closed to public activity after a bear chased a bicyclist in the canyon on Aug. 28. 

    Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the canyon would be closed until further notice due to an overall increase in bear activity in the area. No one was injured in the incident on Aug. 28.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Playing it safe

    Jeffco residents flocked to the county fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the Jefferson County district attorney’s Safety Fair.

    The fair, in its seventh year, combined family-friendly activities with a plethora of resources and information on how to stay safe online and at home. Topics ranged from how to avoid being a victim of fraud to the do’s and don’ts of bicycle safety. Attendees also were able to shred personal documents and dispose of prescription medications.