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Today's News

  • Autopsy: Jail inmate died from excessive vomiting

    An autopsy on the body of Jennifer Lobato, the Jeffco jail prisoner who died after waiting hours in vain for medical treatment, showed the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to excessive vomiting.

    Lobato, 37, died in her cell on March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. That morning, Lobato had complained to a deputy that she wasn’t feeling well. By afternoon, both Lobato and her cellmate had asked that she be seen by the jail’s medical staff.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.

  • Teachers union, district debate pay model in court

    The Jeffco teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district improperly enacted a performance-based pay model that created unfair pay disparities between new and experienced teachers.

    The district countered that the school board was well within its rights to make final decisions about pay, and that the same disparities existed under the former system.

    Attorneys for the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district argued their cases before District Judge Christopher Zenisek, who has not yet made a decision.

  • Jeffco commissioners OK raises for DA’s employees

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given their initial approval to a requested salary increase for some employees of the district attorney’s office.

    District Attorney Pete Weir requested $120,648 from the board April 28 to address what he said were significant issues with salaries for newer attorneys in the DA’s office.

  • Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Citizen group urges humane option for controlling prairie dogs

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • A walk on the creative side

    Despite cloudy skies, downtown Littleton’s First Friday art walk last week was colorful and crowded.

    The city, Town Hall Arts Center, and Arapahoe Community College put on the event, the first of four monthly art walks through August. Eleven downtown galleries participated, ranging from the Steve Adams Gallery on Curtice Street to the Depot Art Gallery five blocks away on West Powers Avenue. From 6 to 9 p.m., the downtown area was lined with street musicians, food vendors and artists giving live demonstrations of their work.

  • Big-thinking Rebels take title

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine girls lacrosse coach Sonorah Vinyard thinks big.

    After watching from the outside as her alma mater went through four head coaches in recent years, Vinyard accepted the position prior to the 2015 season and promised longevity. She also set high performance standards.

  • A blooming interest

    The hikers had covered less than 50 yards along Two Brands Trail at Hildebrand Ranch Park before stopping to inspect a small patch of pinkish petals a few inches off the ground.

    Pam Little, a native plant master volunteer from Conifer with Jeffco Open Space, gathered the group around as she identified the delicate flora as red-stemmed filaree. A non-native plant, it was introduced by the Spanish via the feed they brought for their horses.

  • A pas de deux of yesteryear, today

    The music ranged from Timberlake to Sinatra as the younger prom-goers made memories, and the older ones recalled their younger days.

    The dance floor at Willowbrook Place was packed Saturday as members of the poms team from Dakota Ridge High put on the prom for residents of the memory care facility in South Jeffco. More than two dozen students mingled with about 40 of the facility’s residents while tunes kept the dance floor teeming.