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Local News

  • The Rock wins round in bid to build gym

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously endorsed The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church’s rezoning request to build a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium on church grounds on West Alamo Place west of Kipling Parkway.

  • Sheriff's Calls: Could they be meteorites?

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Welcome to a strange new world, where up is down, left is right, and pranks meant to damage merely confuse. In today’s episode, we join a South Jeffco man who called deputies to his home to report that he had found several rocks on his back deck that afternoon, which was the first time he had seen them there since a week prior. There was no visible damage to the house, the deck or any items on the deck, just the curious rocks.

  • County administrator meets with employees

    A glimpse into the thoughts and fears of Jeffco employees was offered last week as County Administrator Jim Moore began a series of town hall meetings with employees in the Jeffco Laramie Building.

    “I heard that we don’t have enough contact unless there’s a budget crisis,” Moore said to the couple dozen employees gathered in a human resources training room the afternoon of March 26.

  • Approval process for amphitheater improvements remains controversial

    Confusion remains over whether noise-mitigation improvements to the amphitheater at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will go through a county review, a path local homeowners would like to see but one Gardens leadership isn’t so sure of.

    “We’re just concerned that they go through the (county) process,” said Dave Evans, a homeowner in Chatfield Bluffs who has been following the issue and talking with people at Jeffco Planning and Zoning and the Botanic Gardens. “Who owns the land and how they go through it doesn’t concern us.”

  • EDUCATION NOTES

    We’d like to know about interesting events or activities at your school. E-mail your school news to leslie@evergreenco.com.

    Ute Meadows Evening of the Arts

    Ute Meadows Elementary School is hosting its annual Evening of the Arts, where every child is a star. The school will display beautiful framed artwork from each student. Poetry is read and children perform music and drama. The evening is semi-formal and is enjoyed by all. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 2.

    Spring Carnival and Silent Auction

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Could they be meteorites?

  • Large steel building creates wall between neighbors

    Veronica Weins knew her neighbor in Columbine Hills was building a garage, but she didn’t know it was going to be a featureless, metal industrial box almost two stories tall and nearly as big as a house.

    So instead of a view of rooftops and treetops, as of November Weins has gazed at a very different vista.

    “It’s just so big that’s all we look at. It’s like a big wall there, and we used to be able to see way over to the next street,” said Weins, a retired corporate legal assistant in her 70s.

  • Littleton-based foundation still helping African village

    It has been more than 10 years since Omar Dia was gunned down at a bus stop in downtown Denver by two skinheads. The shock and anger over the hate crime led Coloradans to an outpouring of donations and support for Dia’s widow and children and the people of his village of Diorbivol, Senegal.

    And a Littleton-based foundation, along with some South Jeffco high school students, is keeping that effort alive.

  • Jeffco, RTD hammer out agreement on property

    Top Jeffco and RTD officials have come to an agreement on the county’s contribution for the end-of-line station of the west corridor light rail station.

    The deal — a common pact between governments known as an intergovernmental agreement — should be signed during the March 25 commissioners’ hearings.

  • South Jeffco legislator offers 'halftime' report

    Spring is in the air, and as students enjoy spring break and baseball lovers await opening day, legislators at the state Capitol are at roughly the halfway mark in the 2008 session.

    South Jeffco Republican Mike Kopp — the state senator representing District 22 — took some time last week to catch up the Courier on legislation he’s been involved with.

    Senate Bill 134