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  • Jeffco approves rezoning for 262-unit apartment complex

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a rezoning for a new 262-unit apartment complex on the southwest corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Alkire Street, despite opposition from neighbors and the county’s planning staff.

    The 12.3-acre property has been rezoned from planned development and agricultural-2 zoning to a planned development zoning that would allow the Belle Vista development to be built. The eight-building apartment complex, which would not include a clubhouse, would have one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

  • Ballot forum canceled as urban-renewal battle intensifies

    The battle continues in Littleton over urban renewal, as a citizen activist group dropped out of a Feb. 12 forum on competing ballot issues, saying it was overwhelmed by the outside funds pouring into the local campaign.

    “It all comes down to time and money. When you look at our opposition and the amount of money being dumped into it by developers, we don’t have that luxury,” said Carol Brzeczek, a member of Your Littleton, Your Vote.

  • Jeffco, Ken-Caryl eye land swap

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has given initial approval to a potential land swap with the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District that could lead to a new trail in the Ken-Caryl area that connects multiple trails in Jeffco.

    Under the deal, Jeffco Open Space would deed over the property on which the district’s community center is located in exchange for a trail easement along the Hogback from the Ken-Caryl Master Association, said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Parks and Open Space director.

  • CDOT gathers input on noise ahead of C-470 expansion

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has asked residents near C-470 how traffic noise should best be mitigated once the highway is widened.

    At two public meetings Feb. 10 and 11, CDOT presented findings on possible noise increases from the planned addition of lanes between Interstate 25 and Kipling Street. As part of the federally mandated process, CDOT and the developers of the C-470 toll-lane project were required to conduct noise testing along the corridor and propose possible mitigation plans.

  • Controlled burn planned Tuesday in Waterton Canyon

    A controlled burn in the Waterton Canyon area was planned for Tuesday afternoon.

    The Colorado State Patrol’s Twitter feed warned residents in the Ken-Caryl area that they might see smoke from the burn. There was no mention of the burn on social media by West Metro Fire Rescue.

    Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.

  • Neighbors of planned BMX bicycle track voice concerns

    Neighbors of a future BMX bicycle track in South Jeffco are worried about impacts on traffic and noise levels, as well as possible obstructed views.

    But the Foothills Park and Recreation District, which owns the land, and the nonprofit group building the track for the non-motorized bikes believe it will become a popular community amenity.

  • Commissioners supportive of grant for Clement Park

    A $1 million grant from Jeffco Open Space to help replace Clement Park’s irrigation system looks to have support from the county commissioners.

    The grant, which requires a $1 million match from the Foothills Park and Recreation District, was part of a Jan. 27 presentation to the commissioners during their weekly briefings.

  • Legislators hope to rename road for late sheriff’s sergeant

    A group of legislators is proposing to rename a section of Colorado 93 in honor of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin, who died Jan. 26, 2014, when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.

    A bipartisan joint resolution by state Rep. Jon Keyser and co-sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson and state Sen. Cheri Jahn would rename the highway from mile marker zero to Colorado 72 the “JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.” Baldwin was on duty at the time of the accident.

  • Manhunt ends for suspect in dragging of deputy

    An arrest has been made in an incident in which a Jeffco deputy was dragged by a fleeing vehicle.

    Andrey Pavlovich Mishenin, 23, was taken into custody Thursday at a hotel in Glendale without incident. The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force fugitive unit, along with the Jefferson County sheriff’s fugitive unit, made the arrest.