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  • Decline in enrollment will reduce state funding to Jeffco Schools

    Employee compensation, state funding and an enrollment decline remain major discussion points as Jeffco Public Schools moves closer to finalizing its budget for the 2016-17 academic year. 

  • Defendant in Craigslist robbery sent to state hospital for competency evaluation

    A defendant being held on charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft in connection with a robbery at a home on South Taft Court is being sent to a state hospital for a competency evaluation.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, has been in the Jeffco jail since January, when a homeowner on South Taft Court was robbed after posting items for sale on Craigslist.

  • Incumbent Moeder re-elected to West Metro fire board

    Voters on Tuesday chose incumbent Kristina Moeder to continue serving on the board of the West Metro Fire Protection District in the only contested race.

    Two other incumbents, Pam Feely and Wendy Volmerran, ran unopposed.

    Moeder defeated challenger Michael Williams 186 votes to 64. Feely and Volmer received 224 and 216 votes, respectively.

    In her campaign, Moeder pointed to the need for ensuring financial security for the district, as well as firefighter safety by providing apparatus and equipment. 

  • Farrar is winner in only contested race for seat on Foothills board

    Peggy Farrar defeated three other candidates in Tuesday's election to win the only contested seat on the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    Farrar was declared the winner in Ward 2 on Tuesday night in an unofficial result posted on the district’s website. Farrar defeated incumbent Michael Bielkiewicz, as well as Chris Crippen and Scott Kennerly.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

    Three Dinos LLC has filed preliminary documents requesting the rezoning.

  • Development at Kipling, Quincy to have 54 homes

    Construction workers are busy framing homes and grading lots at Quincy Lake Pointe, a residential development at South Kipling Street and West Quincy Avenue.

    As of last week, 33 of 54 lots on the 11-acre site had been sold to homebuyers, said Christy Ross, spokesperson for Richmond American Homes, developer of the project.

    Buyers can choose from five available plans for homes up to approximately 3,000 square feet in size. A one-level ranch plan and four two-story plans are among selections. Lot sizes average 5,500 square feet.

  • Merger of two fire districts proceeding smoothly, West Metro chief says

    The merger of the West Metro and Wheat Ridge fire protection districts that took place April 15 has been moving forward with few problems, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

    “It’s been going really well,” Lombardi said, speaking at the April 19 meeting of the West Metro board.