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Today's News

  • Rare plant, falcon nest discovered at Staunton State Park

    During a recent study of plant and animal life at Staunton State Park, the rare budding monkey flower was found on the Black Mountain parcel, along with a peregrine falcon nest.

    Raquel Wertsbaugh, coordinator of the Colorado Natural Areas Program, talked about the discoveries during a presentation at the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee meeting May 1.

    Areas of exposed Precambrian granite also have been identified on Black Mountain, Wertsbaugh said. Rock climbing on the mountain could imperil the rare plants and the falcon nest, she remarked.

  • Jeffco’s marijuana task force holds first meeting

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force met for the first time April 28 to discuss whether or not the county should allow sales of recreational marijuana.

    The 14-member task force will meet every two weeks with the goal of providing the county commissioners with a recommendation. Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Department is running the task force. 

  • School board OKs new math curriculum

    The Jeffco school board unanimously approved a $4.3 million purchase of the Math Expressions curriculum for next school year at its May 1 meeting.

    Math Expressions will replace Math Investigations, the math curriculum Jeffco had used for the last nine years.

    A panel of 10 district employees gave a presentation on Math Expressions before the board took a vote. District staff said the new curriculum aligns with new Colorado academic standards and that Investigations has run its course in the district.

  • Lakewood housing project clues in commissioners to unused financing method

    A nonprofit’s proposal to build affordable, transit-oriented housing in Lakewood has put an alternative funding mechanism on the radar screen of the Jeffco commissioners.

  • Motorcyclists honor sheriff’s sergeant killed in crash

    Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Coal Creek Canyon on Sunday to remember Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin.

    Baldwin died Jan. 26 after being struck by a wrong-way driver on Colorado 93.

    “(Baldwin) will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service and his dedication to this community,” Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink said. 

  • Group seeks to relocate prairie dogs to another rec district parcel

    A group trying to relocate prairie dogs from two parcels of Foothills Park and Rec District land wants to move them to another Foothills property.  

    The group has worked since December to find a new home for prairie dogs on two pieces of Foothills land up for sale. The properties are on the northeast and northwest corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue.

  • Developer seeks to boost units in South Rapp Street project

    The developer of a proposed residential complex approved for land across the street from Arapahoe Community College wants to expand the number of units in the development. 

    The Sullivan-Littleton Lofts development, which would be on South Rapp Street next to ACC’s Littleton campus, had originally been approved in 2007 for 52 residential units along with five live/work commercial spaces. 

  • West Metro Fire voters reject tax increase

    Unofficial results released Tuesday afternoon showed with 96 percent of the votes counted that 16,580 votes were cast against the tax hike and 15,749 in favor. 

    West Metro said the ballot count should end by Wednesday, May 14.

    The turnout set a record for West Metro elections, with 30,000 ballots cast.

  • Incumbent Reddy loses Inter-Canyon seat

    Newcomer Kerry Prielipp and incumbents Leslie Caimi and Karl Firor captured the three available seats on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results.

    Two-term incumbent Michael Reddy lost his bid for re-election.

    The unofficial vote totals:

    • Leslie Caimi: 49 votes

    • Karl Firor: 45 votes

    • Kerry Prielipp: 39 votes

    • Michael Reddy: 32 votes

  • Sports briefs

    WRESTLING
    Chatfield Senior High hosting pro wrestling event on May 10

    NRW Sports Entertainment is bringing its weekly iTV professional wrestling show, NRW Charged, to Chatfield Senior High School on May 10 for a double iTV taping.
    On the card, Chatfield assistant wrestling coach “Mercury” Matt Yaden goes up against current NRW champion Danger Dean and Trajan Ender battles Hoodlum in a Last Man Standing match. Many more wrestlers will be on the card.