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  • JCOS, Boulder plan to acquire property near county line

    Jefferson and Boulder counties are planning to acquire 442 acres along the county line for open space.

    Sale of Lippincott Ranch, which is south of Eldorado Springs, has been negotiated for $7.75 million — split evenly between Jeffco and the City of Boulder. The price would either be paid in full at closing, or over a 20-year finance period with a 3.5 percent interest rate.

    The current owners, the Lippincotts, are leaning toward the 20-year financing option, Jeffco Parks Director Tom Hoby said, noting that the interest would go to the Lippincotts.

  • Local gym organizes memorial workout in honor of Littleton soldier who died in combat

    Hours before the barbecues, parades and family fun kicked off, 303 Strength and Conditioning in Littleton celebrated the Fourth of July in a much different way.

    More than 20 people paid their respects to a fallen hero while sweating it out in a special workout. The workout, which includes 10 rounds of pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings and a 200-meter run, honors Danny Dietz, a Navy Seal from Littleton who died in 2005 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan. Dietz is one of the soldiers featured in the 2013 film “Lone Survivor.”

  • A cut above the rest: After years of military service, Navy veteran turns to woodworking

    Wood shavings fly through the air at Ben Blakeley’s woodworking shop, illuminated by the glowing beams of evening sun that peep through the open door.

    “Speed is your friend,” Blakeley said, while shavings from his nearly finished wine stopper fell from his whirling lathe and piled on the floor.

    At least three days a week, the Littleton woodworker visits his spot at the Chatfield Mini-Shops. Often, there are tunes playing; and sometimes, he’s joined by his 4-year-old son, Tobin, for whom his newly opened shop was named.

  • New JCPL executive director won’t have to travel far

    For Donna Walker, there’s just something special about a library.

    She was first drawn to libraries as a kid. They became a familiar place to spend time with a good book. As a young adult and mother, libraries became an accessible place filled with important resources.

    Now, as the newly hired executive director for Jefferson County Public Library system — the third-largest in Colorado — she continues to recognize the important role libraries play in a community.

  • Red Rocks wedding chapel rezoned for running store

    Goodbye, weddings; hello, running.

    The Chapel at Red Rocks was sold in April, and it’s on its way to becoming a specialty running store after the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning the property from agricultural to planned development in its July 3 meeting.

    Avid runners Ken Pliska and Deb Spence purchased the spot with plans to turn the existing space into a specialty running store, much like Runners High, the store they already own in Golden.

  • Morrison kickstarts process of extending commercial district

    Morrison officially kickstarted a process that could amend the town’s comprehensive plan and extend the commercial zone district.

    The town board on July 3 unanimously approved a motion to spend approximately $7,022 on the comprehensive plan amendment project, which includes costs for community outreach and adoption.

    “It will be a whole public process — public meetings, public outreach,” Town Manager Kara Winters told the board.

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  • Morrison wants to look at renewable energy options

    One of Morrison Town Board’s goals for the upcoming year is to investigative renewable energy options and incentives for the community.

  • Foothills staff take Bike to Work Day seriously

    By Tayler Shaw
    For the Courier

    Foothills Park & Recreation District staff members took part in their own version of Bike to Work Day at Clement Park on June 27.

    Employees gathered to eat breakfast burritos and have a staff meeting, where they celebrated the district’s successes such as this summer’s Unicorn Festival and Red, White & You. Afterwards, they got on their bikes for an 8-mile ride around the district, traveling on Foothills trails, before then riding to work.

  • Hearing postponed for suspects in murder of D’Evelyn graduate

    A joint preliminary hearing for the three suspects accused in the murder of a D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School graduate earlier this year has been postponed.

    The hearing, initially scheduled for June 27, is now set for Nov. 2, according to Pam Russell with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The judge at that time will decide whether there is enough evidence for the defendants to stand trial.