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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.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

  • Polar Dip benefits wounded Denver officer

    Jea King, 73, was among warm-hearted people who jumped into chilly lake waters at the Grant Ranch Village Center on Saturday for a good cause. King and about 20 others who participated in the Polar Dip were raising funds for Tony Lopez Jr., a Denver police officer who was injured in the line of duty in December.

    “I wouldn’t do this for fun,” King said. “It only takes five minutes out of my life. I can do that.”

  • Property-tax bills leaving Jeffco residents with ‘sticker shock’

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Building a stairway to the tracks

    A project to build a stairway leading to views of rarely seen dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge has received support through a $20,000 grant recommended by Jeffco Open Space.

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge requested the grant, which is being awarded through the state's Conservation Trust Fund.

    The stairway will let visitors closely observe a set of Iguanodontid tracks that are in the bottom of an ancient Cretaceous tidal channel that is about 100 million years old, said Kermit Shields of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Lifelong friends compiling history of Columbine area

    Lifelong friends Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn grew up in Columbine in an era when wheat grew on area farms and coal from mines near West Coal Mine Avenue heated homes.

    As a young man, Fohn learned to fly an airplane at the former Columbine Airport on West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Hause remembers when there was only a convenience store in the area to buy gasoline and groceries without making the drive to downtown Littleton.