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  • Denver man faces felony charges in fatal U.S 285 accident

    Charges have been filed against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.  

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more. The charges were filed by the Jeffco DA's office.

  • Chatfield tennis downs Dakota Ridge in dominant fashion

    By Craig Harper

    The easiest part of Christian Holmes’ 17th birthday was a shutout victory in Chatfield’s 2017 boys tennis high school opener.

    The reward for Holmes’ 6-0, 6-0 road victory over Dakota Ridge sophomore J.T. Abeita on Aug. 31 was a roughly eight-hour drive with his parents to Utah, where he played in the USTA Intermountain Level 4 Labor Day Masters tournament in Salt Lake City and squeezed in an unofficial recruiting visit to Brigham Young University in Provo, his top college choice.

  • Columbine softball wins in come-from-behind effort

     

    It may be early in the season, but Columbine softball is already showing tremendous fight and grit after two come-from-behind victories, including a 7-6 win at home over Douglas County on Aug. 30.

    “I’m extremely proud of these girls. This is the second time we’ve done this. Our first game against ThunderRidge, we were down 8-0. I can’t say enough about their character,” head coach Jim Santaniello said. “We were down 8-0 and we won 10-9, so it just shows the no-quit attitude that these girls have.”

  • 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.