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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The oracle speaks

  • Residential use proposed for 2-acre parcel on South Platte Canyon Road

    Community members appeared generally pleased that a property owner wants to rezone a vacant 2-acre property on South Platte Canyon Road for townhomes, condominiums, single-family houses or assisted-living units.

    The land is zoned C-1 commercial but has been on the market for 10 years and has failed to attract interest. It is bordered on the north by DePew Street and on the east by South Platte Canyon Road.

    The area could appeal to people who want to live close to the Columbine Trail, an asphalt bicycle path that borders the property along Platte Canyon Road.

  • Principals fear dire consequences if 3A/3B don’t pass

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

    Principals at Jeffco schools are concerned about the increased class sizes and decreased support staff they will face if voters reject two proposed tax increases in November.

  • Zoning officials OK parking off-duty cabs in residential areas

    The Jeffco Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Aug. 8 to uphold the zoning administrator's decision to allow parking of off-duty taxis on the street in a residential subdivision.

    The Columbine Knolls North Home Owners Association had appealed to the board to reverse the zoning administrator's decision that the practice was legal according to county rules.

    But zoning administrator Mike Chadwick said the rules are evolving under the incumbent Board of Commissioners and becoming more liberal on the subject.

  • Mauser pens book about emotional journey after Columbine

    Thirteen years after the tragedy, a father whose son was killed in the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999, has written a book about his struggle to come to terms with grief and rise above the horrible events that shattered his family's life.

    "Walking in Daniel's Shoes," by Tom Mauser, is a factual and sometimes emotional account by a parent of what happens to a family when a child is murdered.

  • Study finds more rare plant, animal species in Jeffco

    By Laura Bernero

    For the Courier

    A two-year study in Jeffco has identified 35 rare plants and 11 rare animal species that the county will try to protect in its future conservation efforts and open space plans.

    The biodiversity survey, which also identified one rare fungus, was conducted by scientists from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program over the past two growing seasons. County Open Space planners will use the data to help make environmentally conscious choices when planning open space areas, parks and trails.

  • DA’s Safety Awareness Day planned at fairgrounds

    If you have a pesky box of old documents that needs shredding or a bottle of pills you’ve been meaning to dispose of, you might want to visit the district attorney’s Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday.

    The event offers Jeffco residents “a one-stop safety shop,” said Cary Johnson, director of crime prevention for the DA’s office and safety fair event director.

    Community Safety Awareness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden.

  • One last splash: Area dogs close swimming season at two area pools

    A dizzying array of dogs leapt and splashed about Sunday during Foothills Park and Recreation’s annual Doggy Dip at Deer Creek and Weaver Hollow pools.

    At Deer Creek Pool, more than 100 area pooches eagerly pulled their masters through the gates to get their chance to jump into the drink. Some pooches played under water buckets that intermittently doused them, while others did Phelpsian laps to retrieve floating toys from the end of the lap pool.

    Children giggled as dogs of all sizes and shapes leapt into the water and shook off on the pool deck.

  • Sloan, Falcons set target to shoot for

    DENVER — Jared Sloan knows there’s a little bit of pressure. He can feel it. After all, the Front Range Christian golfer is the only returning 3A state qualifier on this year’s squad.

  • Former D’Evelyn band teacher sentenced for taking video of female students

    Former D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School band teacher Matthew James Taylor has been sentenced to two years of weekends in the county jail for using his cell phone to record video under the skirts and shorts of female students.

     

    Taylor — who had pleaded guilty on June 11 to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony, and harassment — was brought to justice after one student used her own cell phone to take photos of Taylor’s interactions with other girls.