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Today's News

  • Commissioners wary of pilot marijuana program

    Jeffco’s county commissioners will decide soon if the county should develop a pilot program to allow recreational marijuana cultivation and manufacturing.

    The key question for the commissioners: Is it worth county resources and staff time to develop a program that could potentially be so restrictive that no businesses would apply?

  • New site proposed for Jeffco’s Community Corrections

    Jeffco’s years-long search for a new Community Corrections facility could be reaching an end.

    The county has identified a potential new site for Community Corrections near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood. The current location on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is in need of $5 million to $6 million in repairs, along with several million dollars in upgrades.

  • Senior housing eyed for Foothills parcel

    The potential buyer of Foothills Park and Recreation District land on the southwest corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and Columbine Drive is interested in rezoning it to possibly allow for senior housing.

    Cornerstone Capital is under contract to purchase the 3.85 acres from Foothills for $455,000 if it can rezone the property. In its June 9 pre-application letter to Jeffco’s Planning and Zoning Department, Cornerstone said it is considering building an assisted-living center or senior independent living facility.

  • Commissioners eye construction-defects fix

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are frustrated that the state legislature didn’t pass a construction-defects law this year and are hoping that the county can address the issue administratively.

    County Commissioner Don Rosier wants builders to have a “right to repair” defects before homeowners or HOAs pursue litigation. Rosier suggested at a June 30 staff briefing that a “plat note” attached to sales of residential properties could establish that right, as well as set up an arbitration process.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Please! No mower!

  • Up-and-comers take in Mammoth girls lacrosse camp

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Alexis Tolbert, a sophomore-to-be who played on Chatfield's Level 3 girls lacrosse team last spring, admitted she didn't know how or why she wound up attending the inaugural Colorado Mammoth girls lacrosse camp last week.

    But , "I'm really glad I did,"  Tolbert said halfway through eight hours of the July 22-23 instructional camp at Cornerstone Park. "I just wanted to get better. It works me really hard and I got better just from one day."

  • Johnson bumped off pedestal at Bandimere

    MORRISON — Step aside, Allen Johnson. Larry Morgan finally bumped the king off the mountain.

    The long wait for another NHRA Pro Stock champion at Bandimere Speedway finally ended July 26 at the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals. 

    The wait was even longer than usual because of a 27-minute rain delay earlier in the day and a 1 minute, 45 second grind-to-a-halt hold-up at the start line prior to their final. 

  • Jeffco inmate dies in apparent suicide

    An inmate in the Jeffco jail has died a day after he was found unconscious lying in his cell.

    The inmate, Timothy Baca, was found lying in his cell around 7:37 a.m. on July 27 during a walk through of the module by a deputy, according to Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Baca, 42, was given medical aid at the jail and transported to a local hospital where he was put on life support. He was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. on July 28.  

  • 'It's what we do'

    MORRISON — As Steve Whitfield and younger son, Kameron, worked on Kris Whitfield’s Roadster, the 25-year-old was trekking down the straightaway at Bandimere Speedway in his brand-new dragster. 

    He quickly exited the vehicle — after an elimination-round defeat, hurried into the race truck briefly before getting ready to race again — this time in the Roadster.

  • Chatfield alums continue quest to reach majors

    Taylor and Tyler Rogers are just trying to do what they’ve always done. The 24-year-old twins and former Chatfield Senior High baseball standouts continue to pick up innings on the minor league circuit in hopes of one day making it to the majors.