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  • 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.

  • Multiple suspects sought in robberies at Southwest Plaza, Park Meadows

    Authorities are searching for several suspects in separate but similar robberies Wednesday night at Southwest Plaza in South Jeffco and at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree.

  • Horton House owner determined to rebuild

    MORRISON — For Lila Horton, owner of the historic Horton House Bed and Breakfast, there is no place but Morrison she’d rather call home. Not even after a devastating fire closed the B&B’s doors in October.

    “This is actually my identity,” Horton said. “It’s my first pair of ice skates under the tree.”

  • Horton House owner determined to rebuild

    MORRISON — For Lila Horton, owner of the historic Horton House Bed and Breakfast, there is no place but Morrison she’d rather call home. Not even after a devastating fire closed the B&B’s doors in October.

    “This is actually my identity,” Horton said. “It’s my first pair of ice skates under the tree.”

  • Trader Joe’s to open in Bowles Crossing Shopping Center in March

    Trader Joe’s, a specialty grocery store with its own food brands, is scheduled to open in the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center on March 25.

    “We think it’s a great fit for the community,” said Alison Mochizuki, a Trader Joe’s spokesperson.

  • Consolidation of county dispatch services will mean savings for West Metro fire district

    Establishing a centralized emergency dispatch center in Jefferson County is expected to save the West Metro Fire Protection District about $400,000 annually, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

    The planned JeffCom dispatch center will be on the third floor of the West Metro administrative building in Lakewood, where all 911 calls will be directed, Lombardi said at the district's Jan. 28 board meeting.

    “Consolidation winds up being much more favorable for us,” he remarked.

  • Jeffco Open Space closes areas of parks to protect wildlife

    To protect raptors and waterfowl in nesting season and elk that are calving in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is closing areas in its system to visitors on a seasonal basis beginning this month. Seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young and survive a critical time in their life cycles, according to information from the agency.

    Here is a list of closures and dates:

  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.

  • Foothills negotiating sale of property for housing project

    Foothills Park & Recreation is negotiating the sale of 4 acres of district property between South Wadsworth Boulevard and South Carr Street to pave the way for a developer to create 44 lots for single family homes.

    The sale also would generate additional cash and add to the tax base of the Foothills district, said Ron Hopp, FPRD executive director. During a recent community meeting on the proposed project, Hopp pointed out that requests for an increased mill levy for the park district have failed in recent years.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.