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  • Trial continued in case of warring metro districts

    A trial in the longstanding case of two warring metro districts has been continued after one of the attorneys on the Ken-Caryl Metro District side suffered a medical emergency.

    The trial pitting the Ken-Caryl district and the Plains Metropolitan District in Jefferson County District Court was scheduled to start Monday, June 16. A new trial date has not been set, although the attorney, Richard Shearer of Stapleton Ireland of Denver, is reportedly back at work on a part-time basis.

  • Landowner scraps doggie day-care idea

    The Firehouse Animal Health Center has written off the option of building an indoor day-care or boarding kennel next to the new veterinary hospital at 12255 W. Bowles Ave., near Bowles and C-470.

    “We are taking the boarding, grooming and day-care thing completely off the table,” said Greg Waldbaum, CEO of Firehouse Animal Centers, a Denver-based chain with five hospitals that was founded in October 2004.

  • Gardens pulls amphitheater project from public process

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield informed Jefferson County on June 3 that it will no longer submit plans to modify and expand its amphitheater to a public site-approval process.

  • Separate library district put on hold — for now

    A nearly two-year effort by the Jefferson County Public Library to split from the county and form its own district came to an end June 17 when the county commissioners voted 2-1 against the proposal.

    "We're very, very disappointed," said Keith Grebe, chair of the Jefferson County Public Library's board of trustees. "We felt the case we presented was overwhelming in our favor." He said the commissioners had some misunderstandings, and the trustees and library staff will "get together and decide plan B."

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  • Foes seek injunction against Mount Morrison TV tower

    Canyon Area Residents for the Environment has asked Jefferson County District Court for an injunction to prevent construction of a 135-foot horizontal, high-definition TV antenna array on top of Mount Morrison.

    The issues are separate but similar to the dispute surrounding the construction of the digital TV tower on Lookout Mountain, which was stalled until Congress got involved and overruled local courts in 2006.

  • Mom launches war on drug that killed her son

    The week before he took the six or seven Ecstasy tablets that killed him, Tony “Toaster” Trujillo, 16, had been invited to enroll in an Advanced Placement English class.

    A sophomore at Columbine High School, Tony Trujillo was a handsome kid with scores of friends and an irresistible sense of humor. Everyone knew him as “Toaster,” a variation on an earlier nickname, “the Tonester.”

  • Trading spaces, South Jeffco style

    SOUTH JEFFCO — In what was perhaps an odd attempt by pranksters to act out the popular TLC television show “Trading Spaces,” a man reported June 10 that somebody had switched all his patio furniture, potted plants and his welcome mat with those of his neighbor. He said he went to bed June 9 with everything in place, and when he woke up June 10, everything had been switched. His neighbor told deputies that one of her potted plants was broken during the prank — the only casualty of the incident.

  • Jeffco inmate apparently commits suicide

    A man being held on a misdemeanor traffic warrant was found dead in the Jefferson County Jail on June 12 about three hours after his arrest.

    A deputy discovered the 47-year-old man hanging in a holding cell, according to a statement released June 12 by the sheriff's office. Deputies immediately began performing CPR and called for additional medical assistance. The man was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m.

    The Jefferson County coroner's office was withholding the man's name until his family could be notified.

  • Tancredo pushes bill to mandate flex-fuel vehicles

    If Tom Tancredo gets his way, all cars produced in America after 2018 will have to be capable of running on more than just gasoline.

    Tancredo — the five-term Littleton Republican representative in the twilight of his congressional career — introduced federal legislation June 10 that would mandate that every car in America produced after the 2018 model year either run on alternative fuels or be a flex-fuel vehicle capable of running on gasoline and other fuels.