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  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Southwest Plaza searched after bomb threat

    A search of Southwest Plaza spurred by a telephone bomb threat Monday evening turned up nothing suspicious, and the mall’s doors were reopened to customers.

    Patrons were barred from entering the mall while the search took place, though customers inside weren’t evacuated.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter account at 8:14 p.m. that nothing was found during the search.

  • Suspect in attempted murder is apprehended

    A suspect in an attempted homicide has been taken into custody, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing, the Sheriff's Office announced via its Twitter account at 11:57 p.m. Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had searched for Zuchowski since Thursday night after an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Wednesday and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Farrar is winner in only contested race for seat on Foothills board

    Peggy Farrar defeated three other candidates in Tuesday's election to win the only contested seat on the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    Farrar was declared the winner in Ward 2 on Tuesday night in an unofficial result posted on the district’s website. Farrar defeated incumbent Michael Bielkiewicz, as well as Chris Crippen and Scott Kennerly.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.