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  • West Metro fire chief gets high marks from board members

    West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi received accolades from fire district board members who evaluated his performance this past year.

    “Chief Lombardi’s leadership is excellent. He is always looking at ways to save money,” the evaluation stated. “The chief is an outstanding leader and is respected by his employees, firefighters and the board of directors.”

  • Citizen attempts to thwart shoplifters

    A civic-minded citizen pursued two shoplifting suspects through the parking lot of the Burlington Coat Factory on West Bowles Avenue on March 24, jumping into their vehicle in an attempt to thwart the perpetrators.

    The black minivan began speeding away with its side door open and the good samaritan inside, until the two female suspects noticed they had company and screeched to a stop, yelling at their unwanted passenger to get out. They then fled.

  • Planning panel member re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Commissioner slams RTD over Golden light-rail crossing

    County Commissioner Don Rosier on March 22 expressed outrage about the light-rail crossing at West Sixth Avenue and Johnson Road near the county courts building, which he described as dangerous.

    Rosier said he has sent e-mails to the Regional Transportation District about the crossing, where he says the train often crosses Johnson Road even when oncoming traffic has a green light.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire cancels board election

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has canceled May’s election for two seats on its board of directors, as no challengers stepped forward to run.

    Ralph Dreher and Jennifer Volkman each will serve another four-year term on the board of the Morrison-based district.

  • Ending performance pay would cost $3.5 million

    Ending the controversial policy that links teacher pay to performance evaluations — a hallmark of the conservative school board majority that was recalled last November — would initially cost $3.5 million, the Jeffco school district’s human resources chief said last Thursday.

  • Columbine, other Jeffco libraries increase hours, services through additional funding

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours of operation at the Columbine branch and all other libraries within it system beginning April 4.

    The larger libraries, including those in Columbine and Evergreen, will be open 65 hours a week, adding 14 hours to their current weekly schedule. The smaller libraries, including Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, will be open to patrons 48 hours per week beginning next month, a 7.5-hour weekly addition.

  • EV Studio selected to design Clement Park improvement project

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on March 8 selected EV Studio to design a major improvement project at Clement Park.

    The Evergreen firm will provide architectural, engineering and landscape design services for the new core building, plaza and fountain area at a cost capped at $211,802.

    “Our top priority is to build a new core building to replace the old building, which was closed due to unsafe conditions,” said Colin Insley, Foothills’ director of parks planning and construction.