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Today's News

  • Only one contested race in West Metro fire board election

    Three board members for the West Metro Fire Protection District are up for election May 3, but only one faces a challenge.

    Michael Williams has entered the race for the District 6 seat currently held by Kristina Moeder. District 4 board member Pam Feely and Wendy Volmer, the District 7 incumbent, are running unopposed.

    After serving on West Metro’s civil service committee for the past five years, Williams says he is running for the District 6 board seat as a better use of his time.

  • Residents invited to help plan new services at Jeffco libraries

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours and services after voters last November approved a mill-levy increase. Upcoming initiatives include refurbishment of the Columbine Library in 2017 and a potential expansion of services in South Jeffco to meet growing demand.

    To help plan these additions and enhancements to the library system, area residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings where they can offer input and suggestions.

  • Walking in the park with Jean

    If you visit South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon or Hildebrand park on any given morning, you just might see Jean Viste hiking along a trail. 

    For nearly 17 years the Ken Caryl resident has been walking trails in South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon and other area parks while serving as a volunteer for Jeffco Open Space. She has helped hikers locate their cars, closed trails where the presence of bears and mountain lions presented danger, and administered first-aid to the injured.

  • Plan for medical facility moves forward with rezoning recommendation

    Despite questions from nearby residents about the need for another emergency care facility in the area, the Jeffco Planning Commission on March 30 unanimously recommended rezoning for a medical center with a free-standing ER at Kipling and Coal Mine.

    “We currently have three ERs within a few miles from us,” said resident Dale Bowers. 

  • County inches closer to new pact with Comcast

    Attorneys for the county say a revamped agreement with Comcast that has taken years to negotiate should be ready to finalize by mid-April.

    David Wunderlich, assistant county attorney, told the county commissioners March 29 that pressure applied over the last several weeks has helped push along the process of changing the way the company pays to access its cable lines on county property.

  • Medical provider seeks to dismiss portions of lawsuit in jail death

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    The medical provider being sued by the family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the lawsuit, calling the complaint “scattershot.”

  • Citizen attempts to thwart shoplifters

    A civic-minded citizen pursued two shoplifting suspects through the parking lot of the Burlington Coat Factory on West Bowles Avenue on March 24, jumping into their vehicle in an attempt to thwart the perpetrators.

    The black minivan began speeding away with its side door open and the good samaritan inside, until the two female suspects noticed they had company and screeched to a stop, yelling at their unwanted passenger to get out. They then fled.

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Dakota Ridge stays in league hunt

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge’s girls soccer team is doing everything it can to make the big dance.

    The Eagles (5-7, 3-1 in Class 5A Jeffco League) has won four of their last five games, including a trio of conference victories. The goal is to grab one of the three automatic bids to the 32-team state tournament that are awarded to the top three teams in 5A Jeffco.