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  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • State Rep. Tim Leonard jailed for contempt of court in divorce case

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail on two counts of contempt of court in his divorce case with his ex-wife, Monica.

  • Ex-police officer gets 15 years for ’net luring, attempted sex assault

    A one-time Denver police officer was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison after being found guilty of arranging a tryst at a South Jeffco Burger King with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty in October of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

  • Trial set for principal facing domestic-violence charges

    A jury trial has been set for the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School principal who in November was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

    Anthony Edwards, 36, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and domestic violence, according to DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

    Edwards, who was placed on leave from his position at the school, returned after Thanksgiving break. The district has said the charges are unrelated to Edwards’ role at D’Evelyn.

  • Ex-police officer gets 15 years for ’net luring, attempted sex assault

    A one-time Denver police officer was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison after being found guilty of arranging a tryst at a South Jeffco Burger King with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty in October of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

  • South Jeffco blood donor hits 75-gallon milestone

    Seventy-five gallons — that’s a lot of blood.

    But last Friday, Denny Dalpez, a South Jeffco blood donor at Bonfils Blood Center, was recognized for hitting the mark at the Golden center that he frequents. Though he generally donates twice month, it took some time for him to make it to 75 gallons — he’s been donating regularly for 23 years.

    It’s second nature for Dalpez.

    “I figure somebody needs my blood more than I do,” he said.

  • Foothills looking to sell 3-acre plot for development

    Representatives of the Foothills Park & Recreation District met with Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday to discuss options to sell two parcels of land in South Jeffco for development.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Jeffco holding sixth annual holiday bazaar

    Jeffco government announced it is hosting its annual holiday bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the courthouse in Golden.

    Now in its sixth year, the bazaar was created to provide Jefferson County employees an opportunity to sell their handmade gifts to the public ahead of the holidays, said Julie Story, the county’s digital marketing manager. A variety of gifts will be for sale, including festive handmade crafts, baked goods, cards, jewelry, woodworking and even name-brand goods.

  • Residents still can participate in the county’s Giving Tree

    Gift tags featuring holiday wishes are still hanging on Jeffco’s holiday Giving Tree, which means there’s time for residents to purchase a gift for a local child in need.

    The Giving Tree has been standing since mid-November in the atrium of the Jeffco courthouse. The tree was originally decorated with about 300 tags featuring gift wishes from local Jeffco children.