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  • South Jeffco family supports 5K to honor woman's memory

     Renate Rieker Baldwin of Columbine Knolls South was only 47 and had never smoked a cigarette, but she died of lung cancer in 2007 after enduring many different treatments over three years.

    Lung cancer is an unforgiving disease that attacks non-smokers as well as smokers, although people tend to think of it as a smoker's affliction. Every year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people who never smoked are diagnosed with lung cancer, representing 10 to 15 percent of all new cases.

  • Parker pounding the pavement in state House race

    Editor’s note: Democrat Mary Parker is running against Republican Justin Everett in state House District 22. An upcoming issue will include a story focusing on Everett.

     

    Mary Parker doesn’t have a piece of pet legislation to push when and if she gets to the Capitol as a state representative. But she has a burning desire to express her conviction that people need to participate in democracy for the system to work.

    A lot of people talk the talk, but Parker is walking the talk.

  • Commission hopeful criticizes incumbents

     

    Editor’s note: Democrat Casey Tighe is challenging incumbent County Commissioner John Odom, a Republican. An upcoming issue will include a story focusing on Odom.

     

    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    County commission candidate Casey Tighe, a former CDOT auditor, told Lookout Mountain residents last Wednesday night that they might not be happy with all his decisions, but he would do a better job of listening to the community than the incumbent commissioner.

  • County approves apartment complex in Ken Caryl Business Center

    The county commissioners have approved a controversial plan to rezone a vacant 10-acre parcel for a 280-unit apartment complex in the Ken Caryl Business Center.

    The 3-0 decision came on Aug. 28 after a sometimes emotional two-hour hearing where about 25 Ken Caryl Ranch and Sunset Ridge residents protested the proposed three-story building next door to an established neighborhood of 210 two-story townhomes and single-family homes built in the 1980s.

    The Ken Caryl Business Center is southwest of South Kipling Parkway and West Chatfield Avenue.

  • Rezoning hearing scheduled for Woodmar Corners

    At 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12, the Jeffco Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a proposal to rezone 7.4 acres of park-owned land on the northwest and northeast corners of Coal Mine Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard for commercial uses.
    Foothills Park and Recreation District has offered the land for sale as part of an effort to sell surplus land to raise funds for district purposes. The recommendation of the Planning Commission goes to county commissioners for a final decision.

  • DUI checkpoint in South Jeffco on Saturday

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Saturday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. in South Jeffco.

    The checkpoint will be conducted in conjunction with the Colorado State Patrol, and in association with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 100 Days of Heat campaign.

  • Governor reappoints Chapman as Jeffco public trustee

    Jefferson County's Margaret Chapman became one of five public trustees reappointed to their jobs as of Aug. 14 after Gov. John Hickenlooper asked all 10 to resign in the wake of a newspaper investigation questioning some of the appointed officials' spending practices.

    While some of the trustees' spending practices were harshly criticized, Chapman was not singled out for any wrongdoing. She also received words of praise and an endorsement from the Jefferson County commissioners, who sent a message to the governor.

  • Planning Commission OKs rezoning for assisted-living complex

    A proposal to rezone a 1-acre lot next to the Gardens at Columbine assisted-living center from agricultural to planned development was approved without public comment at a meeting of the Jeffco Planning Commission on Aug. 22.

    The rezoning was on the consent agenda, meaning no public hearing was called for unless someone who appeared at the hearing wanted to speak; no one did.

  • Cultural Council allocates $885,557 to 82 groups

    The Jefferson County Cultural Council recommended distributing $885,557 in grant money to 82 cultural organizations and projects in the county for 2012.

    The amount is down 11 percent from the $994,073 available from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for 2012. (The money to be used in 2013 is distributed in 2012.)

    The total amount requested in 2012 was $1.35 million, meaning groups got an average of about 65 percent of what they requested.

  • Fair peddles safety tips

    Lakewood police officer Connie Muller helps Athalie Mickelson, 4, through a bicycle obstacle course during the District Attorney's Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.