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  • Appeals court ruling paves the way for Northwest Parkway land swap

    A controversial deal between Jeffco, Boulder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involving 640 acres of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant was finalized Dec. 31. 

    The deal transfers ownership of the land to the federal government to be used as a wildlife refuge. In exchange, Boulder has ended its longstanding opposition to a 3-mile, 300-foot transportation corridor being granted to the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority east of the refuge.

  • RTD starts testing trains on new west corridor light-rail line

    RTD started its new year with a new train set. 

     

    As with many new toys, a glitch or two was inevitable in the assembly process, and that proved true with RTD’s new west corridor light-rail line.

    RTD began testing the soon-to-open line on Jan. 3, marking the first time a train had run the entire length from downtown Denver to Johnson Road in Golden under its own power. 

  • Jeffco eyes approach to recreational pot

     As Colorado makes plans to implement Amendment 64, which legalizes small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, Jeffco might be forging its own path. 

    County Commissioner Don Rosier spoke out at the last commissioners’ meeting of 2012 about what he sees as the conundrum of Amendment 64, saying that if the county accedes to provisions of the law, it might be in conflict with his oath of office. 

    Rosier said that when a county commissioner takes the oath of office, he swears to uphold the constitutions of Colorado and the United States.

  • Former commissioner Odom failed to attend meetings after losing seat

    During the county commissioners’ recent vote to approve Jeffco’s 2013 budget, which included a $688,000 cut to three social-services nonprofits, there was a noticeable — and repeat — absence. 

    The budget was approved on a 2-0 vote, with County Commissioner John Odom not in attendance. Commissioners Don Rosier and Faye Griffin voted in favor. 

  • County budget cuts force clients of SRC’s Southwest Center to leave friends behind

    The garden-level room at Hope Crossing Church on South Wadsworth Boulevard has become a home away from home for clients of the Seniors’ Resource Center’s Southwest Adult Day Center.

    But on Friday, the center will be forced to close after $400,000 was cut from the SRCs’ 2013 budget by the Jefferson County commissioners. The Southwest Center’s eight staff members are being laid off.

  • Carbon monoxide buildup sends nine occupants of South Jeffco home to hospital

    A carbon monoxide leak at a home in Governor’s Ranch sent nine people to the hospital on New Year’s Day.
    West Metro Fire Rescue said a call was received from the house near Bowles and Kipling about 11 a.m. Tuesday saying that all the occupants, five adults and four children, felt ill.
    Both the caller and dispatch suspected a carbon-monoxide buildup in the home, said West Metro Division Chief Gary Armstrong.
    The house didn’t have a CO alarm inside.

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  • Whooping cough outbreak hits Jefferson County

    Colorado is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, and Jefferson County has the most cases in the state. 

    And the affliction isn’t limited to people who haven’t been immunized.

    Of the 1,407 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, that have been identified in the state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 8, Jeffco had at least 242, the most in any county. Denver County had the second highest number of cases with 207.

  • Littleton to implement high-tech snow removal plan

    The city of Littleton has a new strategy for clearing the streets of snow this winter, along with a new snowplow and sander.

    Now all it needs is some good directions. 

    The plan has yet to be implemented while the city waits for a Garmin global positioning system to arrive. The GPS systems were supposed to arrive last year but are now scheduled to arrive early this year.

    The systems will allow the city to see what streets have already been plowed and what areas still need work.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminster plans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art. 

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica.