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  • 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.

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Foothills Rec District moving ahead with plan to seek tax hike

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board moved closer last week to asking voters for a property-tax increase in May, although the board hasn’t officially finalized the amount of the potential hike.

  • One-car crash kills teenager

    A one-car accident on West Ken Caryl Avenue killed a 16-year-old girl on Saturday, Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol reported.

    A 15-year-old girl was driving a 2010 Mercedes GLK350 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and hit a street sign, Reid said. The sign came through the sunroof and struck the passenger, Reid said. She died at the scene of the accident.