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Today's News

  • Southwest Plaza annexation plan delayed

    The owner of Southwest Plaza mall has decided to delay its request for annexation by the town of Bow Mar for a year. 

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, sent a letter to Bow Mar on Aug. 22 saying it recognized that more time is needed for Bow Mar, Jeffco and the company to continue conversations on how an annexation would work.

  • Suspect charged in Aug. 13 fatal shooting in Littleton

    Joshua Hoppe has been charged with three felony counts in Arapahoe County Court in connection with the Aug. 13 shooting death of 55-year-old James Barnes in Littleton. 

    Hoppe was arrested Aug. 20 in east Denver, a week after the fatal shooting of Barnes in the 500 block of West Peakview. He faces charges of first-degree murder and two other felony counts.  

    The shooting took place in the front yard of a residence in the area. A man reportedly fled toward Broadway after the shooting. 

  • Stables remain closed at Chatfield State Park

    Horses in the stables at Chatfield State Park have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and so the stables will remain closed until the infected horses have been treated and no signs of the virus remain. 

    The stables were closed Aug. 21 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife after several horses displayed symptoms of the malady, and testing was done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals. 

  • Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

    The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

  • One arrested in shutdown of C-470

    A threat against deputies investigating an illegal camp led the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to shut down both directions of C-470 at West Bowles Avenue on Sept 1.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies were checking on a report of an illegal camp under the overpass at Bowles and C-470 when they were threatened by two people.  

  • Labor of love: Unheralded workers are the unsung heroes of the community

    In 1887, Colorado was among the first five states to officially recognize the contributions of laborers by creating a holiday to honor them. 

    The Columbine Courier has highlighted four residents whose daily work keeps South Jefferson County in motion, though their diverse careers represent only a tiny slice of all the jobs in our coverage area. 

    David Kacprowicz

    Zamboni driver at The Edge

    David Kacprowicz gets a lot of questions about his job when people hear what he does for a living. 

  • Friendly overtures — and friction — at school board retreat

    Jeffco’s famously divided school board made conciliatory noises at its annual retreat on Saturday, though some evidence surfaced of the friction that has prevailed since last November’s election. 

    “I promise there will be clear and concise communication,” said Superintendent Daniel McMinimee, who was hired on a 3-2 vote in June. “I’m looking forward to working together. I think this has been a great start.”

  • Splashdown! Dogs have their own damp day at Ken-Caryl pool

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    There was plenty of running, splashing and roughhousing Saturday at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool, but the lifeguard didn’t seem to mind. 

  • Board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings

    The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat. 

    To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.

    If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.

  • Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas rules

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to review proposed changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

    The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.