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Today's News

  • Open Space board reviews proposed 2013 budget

    For the next few years, Jefferson County Open Space revenues will be about $25.5 million annually, with about half used to pay off debt associated with past acquisitions. The operating budget will be $10.5 million in 2013, up slightly from the $10.45 million budgeted in 2012.

    The budget shows that over the next few years, the division will focus the bulk of its discretionary money on developing the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park.

  • Commissioners take second look at light-rail pedestrian bridge

    Jeffco authorities appear to be looking for a way to give their reluctant permission for a $2.3 million pedestrian bridge from Golden Ridge across West Sixth Avenue to the RTD light-rail station next to the Jeffco Administration and Courts Building.

    The bridge would be paid for mostly by the federal government, which has allotted $1.2 million in Transportation Enhancement funds for the steel span. The Regional Transportation District and Golden have budgeted $750,000 and $300,000, respectively. The city would own and maintain the bridge.

  • Rezoning to allow doggie day care rejected

    The county commissioners voted against a proposed rezoning request involving a doggie day care center in a vacant building at West Ken Caryl Avenue and South Carr Street.

    But they agreed to leave the door open for possible approval if the proponents:

    • Use sound-abatement techniques to protect neighbors.

    • Limit the number of dogs allowed on the premises.

    The canine day-care dilemma came up at a weekly commissioners’ meeting July 17 after being rejected by the Planning Commission July 13.

  • Jeffco public trustee turns in disclosure statement

    As requested by the governor, Jeffco public trustee Margaret Chapman last week answered a disclosure statement stating there were no conflicts of interests that would interfere with the ethical fulfillment of her responsibilities.

    Chapman provided a copy of her disclosure statement to the Columbine Courier on request July 19. It shows she answered “no” to eight questions intended to reveal whether the trustee or a close relative has any business relationship or interest in any entity that works with the public trustee's office.

  • Link between schools, home values debated

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Advocates and opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools disagree on the measures’ possible effects on home values in the district.

  • On the trail of cooperation

    By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier

    Manners matter.

    That was a message at the Share the Trail event at Matthews/Winters Park on July 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • A reminder that all life is precious

    Obviously, words cannot heal or explain the terrible events of last week. But I think President Obama made some decent and heartfelt remarks on the matter. Here’s what he said:

  • An assault on citizens’ safety

    In the somber wake of last week’s mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Coloradans are looking for answers.

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    Mr. Wilson strikes back

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth skills camp on tap at Columbine High School

    The Columbine Lady Rebels volleyball team is offering a youth skills camp Aug. 1-3 at Columbine High School.
    The camp is for children in grades 6-8 and will be held daily from 9 a.m. until noon.
    Cost is $45, which includes a camp T-shirt. For more details and to print out a registration form, visit http://ladyrebelvolleyball.com.

    Chatfield camps set for July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-9