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  • Foothills seeks to appoint board member for Ward 2

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is looking for people interested in joining the board of directors as an appointed member.

    No one had volunteered by the deadline to run as a candidate from Ward 2 in the upcoming May 8 election.

    Prospective board members from Ward 2 should contact Richelle Riley, executive assistant and board liaison, at 303-409-2108 or richeller@fhprd.org

  • Bill paving way for Jefferson Parkway on hold

    Draft legislation that would have granted the power of eminent domain to build the Jefferson Parkway through Golden has been put on hold so the parties can return to the negotiating table in hopes of reaching a friendly agreement.

    The legislation could be introduced at the beginning of next year's session.

    Nicknamed BEEP, or Beltway Economic Enhancement Project Act of 2012, the draft bill was praised by Jeffco authorities as a way to relieve traffic congestion and promote business by completing the highway loop around Denver.

  • Website now available to confirm emergency-notification information

    Great minds think alike.

    Or maybe I should say, Ask and you shall receive.

    Last week, I wrote a story saying the only way to check whether your phone numbers were in the Jeffco emergency-notification system was by calling the FirstCall Network directly and how frustrated I was that I couldn’t do the verification from a website.

    That was true when I tried to verify that my numbers were in the system on April 20.

    That was then; this is now.

  • Sheriff seeks motorist who threw cat from vehicle

    Someone in a car headed west on C-470 near the Alameda interchange threw a live cat out the window of the vehicle on April 5 and then headed west on Interstate 70.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported that the cat did not survive, and people in the vehicle are being sought in connection with animal cruelty charges. The incident occurred about 2:20 p.m. and was witnessed by another motorist.

  • Shadow Ridge residents oppose development on open space

    A developer’s plan to build 67 houses and 48 townhomes on land being purchased from the Foothills Park & Recreation District drew criticism April 19 from residents of the Shadow Ridge neighborhood.

    Locals, some of whom have vocally opposed the district’s planned sale of several open-space parcels for the better part of a year, contended that the project will decrease their property values.

  • Bill paving way for Jefferson Parkway on hold

    Controversial draft legislation that would have granted the power of eminent domain to build the Jefferson Parkway has been put on hold so the parties can return to the negotiating table in hopes of reaching a friendly agreement.

    Nicknamed BEEP, or Beltway Economic Enhancement Project Act of 2012, the draft bill was praised by Jeffco authorities as a way to relieve traffic congestion and promote business by completing the highway loop around Denver.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mixed messages

  • Poll gauges views on Open Space parks

    The most visited of the 25 parks in the Jeffco Open Space system are Crown Hill Park in unincorporated Jeffco between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and Lair o’ the Bear Park on Bear Creek.
    For those seeking peace, quiet and solitude, it might be interesting to know the least frequently visited open space areas are Pine Valley Ranch, Windy Saddle and Centennial Cone parks.
    Children are most likely to be visiting Lair o’ the Bear, Deer Creek Canyon and Apex parks.

  • South Jeffco couple convicted of child abuse

    A Jefferson County jury found Christine and Randal Arnold guilty April 18 of multiple counts of child abuse related to the alleged malnourishment and physical abuse of their 6-year-old adopted son.

    When first responders found the boy at the couple’s home in 2010, he weighed only 30 pounds, was semiconscious and was covered in bruises similar in shape to a belt buckle found in the home, prosecutors said.

  • Lacrosse event brings teams, charity together

    Columbine coach Matt Plitnick wanted to string together something for his players, something to promote boys lacrosse and also to raise money. But what exactly?