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Today's News

  • Appeal hearing for marijuana dispensary postponed

    The appeal hearing for a South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary owner was rescheduled last week because a member of the board of adjustment was absent. The next hearing for Footprints Health & Wellness owner Marc Giuliani is scheduled for April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

    The dispensary is contesting a Jefferson County zoning violation notice that could force the business to close if it is upheld.

     

  • A primer on pre-primary politics

    With precinct caucuses now in the books, the 2010 election season is officially under way. Caucuses are an important first step in the nominating process, through which each major party selects its nominees for the general election this fall. 

    With the exception of presidential nominations, there isn’t much public attention given to the way parties pick their candidates. It’s as though each November we’re presented with a ballot listing a Democrat, a Republican and perhaps one or more third-party candidates, with the winner assuming public office.

  • Helicopter crash-lands on Mount Morrison

    A helicopter crash-landed on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks early Sunday morning just after the Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater.

    Two people aboard the chopper, a flight instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries when the copter went down around 7:30 a.m., said Cindy Matthews, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire. A May Day call had gone out from the copter saying it was heading for a concrete pad on Mount Morrison, Matthews said.

    The craft ended up putting down on the side of the mountain, then tipped over, its blades cutting into the slope.

  • 40-unit nursing facility proposed for vacant plot

      A specialized nursing home that would treat patients suffering from neurological trauma could soon be under construction in South Jeffco.

    Representatives from Care Meridian, which operates 16 such facilities in a handful of states, met with about 20 local residents March 30 to address concerns, including the potential for increased traffic and noise pollution.

  • Big innings reap big win for Farmers

    Big innings are killing the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

    First it was their March 11 game at Cherry Creek when the Eagles allowed the Bruins to put up a seven-run second inning, followed by a five-run sixth in a 15-5 loss.

    This time it was Wheat Ridge doing damage in the same innings, as the Farmers also put up seven runs in the second inning and added six in the sixth to cruise to a 13-5 win on April 8 at Dakota Ridge.

  • Young athlete takes dead aim

    CONIFER — Tanner Clem isn’t Robin Hood.

    The 11-year-old, however, might just be better when it comes to stringing up a bow and hitting a target. And he doesn’t have to wear those green tights.

    Tanner, a fifth-grader at Marshdale Elementary, has been into archery since he was 4. About three years ago, he entered his first formal competition. Last month, he took first place in his age group at the National Indoor Championships in Louisville, Ky.

  • How to get a free event listing in the Courier

    The Columbine Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear onåå a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www

    .columbinecourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

    The events must be free or charge a nominal fee, and must be open to the public. E-mail your information to news@evergreenco

  • 3 candidates vie for each of two Foothills board seats

      Three candidates are vying for each of the two Foothills Park & Recreation board seats up in the May election in Wards 3 and 4.

    The terms of two board members, Walt Frankland and Janet Shangraw, expire this year. Meanwhile, 2010 marks the beginning of Foothills’ new ward-voting system. A recent legal challenge brought by the Mesa View Estates neighborhood attempting to block the ward system in the upcoming election has so far not been successful, a district spokeswoman said.

  • Deer Creek Canyon cycling event wins approval

      A long-disputed bicycling event that could bring up to 3,000 riders to Deer Creek Canyon Road won county approval last week, reigniting a hotbed of animosity between cycling enthusiasts and canyon residents.

    About 60 people attended the March 16 county commissioners’ public hearing, and the majority of public comment came from area residents, who almost exclusively voiced opposition to the event.

  • Coffee Party creates a buzz

      The Coffee Party, a viral political phenomenon that bills itself as an alternative to the conservative Tea Party movement, is gathering steam across the country, including a following in Jefferson County.

    The group, a tongue-in-cheek parody of its tea counterpart, held a national Coffee Summit on March 27 and 28 that included a meeting in Belmar, one of more than 400 individual events in all but five states.