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Today's News

  • OUR READERS WRITE

    Library says thanks for additional funds

    Editor:

    As property tax notices begin to arrive, we want to say “Thanks!”

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

     The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • LOCAL BRIEFS

    Inter-Canyon Fire spruces up its stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District’s new chief wants district fire stations to be a place where firefighters will want to hang out.

    Fire Chief Skip Shirlaw, who was hired as the district’s first paid chief in January, said renovations planned at the stations will focus on making them comfortable and welcoming.

  • Mountain area residents offer ideas at school board forum

     Mountain area residents at a Jeffco Public Schools community forum had plenty of ideas for how the district should spend its money, with various attendees suggesting more incentives for teachers in hard-to-fill fields or hard-to-staff schools, bulking up the district’s security team, or providing more funding for the arts.

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

     The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

  • Teen charged in fatal accident on Ken Caryl Avenue

    A 15-year-old girl is facing a charge of careless driving resulting in death in connection with a traffic accident that killed a 16-year-old passenger, said Pam Russell, Jeffco DA’s spokeswoman.

    The teen is scheduled to appear in Jeffco court on April 13. The charge the teen is facing is classified as a misdemeanor, Russell said.

    The one-car accident occurred on West Ken Caryl Avenue on Jan. 30, the State Patrol reported.

  • MAD Greens offers fresh food with fun names

    Calling herself “the head of lettuce,” Darden Coors, CEO of MAD Greens, was checking out the newly opened restaurant at Southwest Plaza on Friday.

    With its creatively named selections of salads, soups, paninis and wraps, MAD Greens reflects the vision of its two collaborators and founders, Dan Long and Marley Hodgson.

  • Planning Commission OKs rezoning for assisted-living facility

    Plans for an assisted-living and memory care facility on West Coal Mine Avenue are moving forward with a recommendation by the Jeffco Planning Commission to rezone the property on which it would be built.

    The 4.6-acre parcel currently has agricultural-1 zoning and is being used for a dog rescue operation. The proposed 90,000-square-foot, 100-bed facility for senior adults requires rezoning to planned development before construction can begin.

  • New sales tax at Southwest Plaza is an alternative to annexation, says metro district manager

    Shoppers at Southwest Plaza in South Jeffco are paying a new 1.5 percent sales tax that took effect Jan.1.

    Board members of the Southwest Plaza Metropolitan District approved the tax as an alternative to annexation into the town of Bow Mar, said John Mullins, manager of the district.

    “We wanted to heed the wishes of neighbors who asked us not to annex into the city,” Mullins said.

    The community spoke loudly against annexation, he added.

  • Mother of Columbine gunman grants interview to ABC

    For the first time since the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, Sue Klebold, mother of student gunman Dylan Klebold, has spoken publicly about the killings and about her son.

    In a wide-ranging interview aired Friday on ABC's "20/20," Klebold said she was unaware that her son and his friend Eric Harris were plotting the massacre or were stockpiling guns and pipe bombs.