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  • Denver woman pleads guilty in accident that killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Renfro

    The 23-year-old woman whose car struck and killed Conifer resident and Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro in January on U.S. 285 has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts, including careless driving resulting in death.

    Denver resident Blair Gledhill, who was 22 at the time of the accident, was driving south on an icy U.S. 285 near Windy Point on Jan. 3 when her car went out of control. According to reports, her car crossed the median, hitting Renfro and two other people.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Library will ask voters for 1-mill property-tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library will ask voters to approve a 1-mill property-tax increase in the Nov. 3 election.

    The ballot language, approved Aug. 18 by the county commissioners on their consent agenda, would increase the library’s effective tax rate to 4.425 mills. That would represent an increase of $28.88 annually on the tax bill of a $300,000 home. The library’s total annual tax for that home would then be $107.46.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire hires first paid chief

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board has hired longtime district volunteer Maurice “Skip” Shirlaw as the department’s first-ever paid fire chief.

  • County approves development at Wadsworth, Coal Mine

    County approval for a development on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue has cleared the way for the 4.65-acre parcel to be sold and turned into a three-lot commercial center.

    The parcel was one of several that the Foothills Park and Recreation District put up for sale in 2011. The development plan, approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 1, clears the way for the land to be sold for $815,000 to Cornerstone Capital Investment.