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Today's News

  • Morrison questions development plans in the Rooney Valley

    Development in the Rooney Valley may be inevitable, but the town of Morrison is faced with an important question: Will the development actually be in Morrison? Or will it be disconnected into unincorporated Jefferson County?

    Dozens of community members joined board members at the Morrison Town Hall on Aug. 29 to hear an informal update from Ventana Capital, the real estate investment group representing the ownership of the 300-plus acre property now called Red Rocks Ranch.

  • Motions hearing continued in Crider case

    A motions hearing has been continued for a man accused of robbing several South Jeffco banks.

    Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at three South Jeffco banks, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan 6. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated robbery during an April arraignment.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Crider is a suspect in the following robberies:

    • At a Bank of the West in the 800 block of East South Boulder Road in Louisville on Dec. 9.

  • Lockheed Martin presents Gateway Center plans at ceremony

    Lockheed Martin hosted an official Gateway Center groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday.

    Employees of Lockheed Martin, government officials and other community members gathered to celebrate the 266,000-square-foot facility. Construction began a couple of weeks ago on the Gateway Center, which will allow for the simultaneous manufacture of a wide range of satellites and will include a variety of testing chambers that simulate space conditions, test sensors and communications systems. This will allow for advanced test operations and analysis.

  • Up-close interaction: Chatfield Farms exhibit provides encounter with native butterfly species

    Kathie Smith’s eyes widened and her mouth dropped open as she felt the small chrysalis shake in her hands.

    “Oh my goodness,” she said with excitement. “Thank you for letting me have that experience.”

    The Littleton resident has been a volunteer with the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms for about two years, but last week was her first time holding a chrysalis at Chatfield’s annual butterfly exhibit.

  • Jeffco looks to improve Quincy Avenue

    Jefferson County is planning to revamp West Quincy Avenue between Tufts Avenue and Simms Street by adding bike lanes, improving roundabouts and crosswalks, and changing the four-lane roadway so that two of those lanes are left-hand turns.

    If the plan is approved, county staff says the project likely will begin in 2019 with work through 2020. Total cost is estimated to be between $6 million to $8 million, said Steve Durian, the director of transportation and engineering for Jeffco.

  • PLAN Jeffco celebrates legacy of land preservation

    What better way to celebrate one’s 45th birthday than with bird watching, history tours and biodiversity hikes?

    PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation, celebrated 45 years of achievements during an outdoor celebration Aug. 29 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More than 150 PLAN Jeffco members, Jeffco Open Space volunteers and area residents attended the festivities.

  • Group proposes enclosed space to cover, preserve tracks at Dinosaur Ridge

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is hoping to cover the dinosaur tracks at the Morrison-area site with a viewing facility.

    Representatives from the group presented their ideas to the Jefferson County commissioners at a staff briefing on Aug. 29 and asked for consent to move forward with the formal proposal, as well as the planning and fund-raising processes. The commissioners gave their consent.

  • 19-acre lot near Morrison to be rezoned for housing development

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 during its Aug. 29 board meeting to approve rezoning a lot near Morrison to allow 19 single-family houses to be built there despite recommendations from staff members and the planning commission to deny the request.

    The 19-acre lot in Willow Springs is directly south of U.S. 285, near the intersection with State Highway 8, and is along the Turkey Creek Flood Plain.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Re: glass houses

  • Helping hands build community playground

    Residents of Columbine Knolls South Estate now have a new playground to enjoy, thanks to a contribution from Foothills Park and Recreation District and volunteer work from hundreds of community members.

    The Wayside Meadows Park project, which replaced a more than 40-year-old playground, was taken on by the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as its 2017 Colorado Cares Day Project. Foothills contributed $20,000 to the playground build, and church members and neighborhood residents helped organize volunteers.