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  • C-470 crash kills Littleton woman

    A 58-year-old Littleton woman died after a single-car crash just before 8 p.m. July 31 in Lone Tree.

    Theresa Orton died at the scene after the Honda Civic she was driving drifted into the median from the westbound lanes of C-470 near South Quebec Street, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker.

    Orton's vehicle hit a guardrail head-on. The car then swerved across all the lanes three times before coming to a stop, blocking the right lane and the westbound shoulder.

  • The school-tax question: spending vs. enrollment

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

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say the district’s spending history belies its claims of austerity in recent years.

  • Developer seeks waiver of park and rec fee

    The county commissioners on July 17 postponed a decision on whether the developers of a proposed 250-unit apartment complex known as Kipling Commons should be given a 57 percent break on the park and recreation fee.

    Any reduction in the fee would affect the operations of the Foothills Park & Recreation District. The developer argued that the county's requirements are too burdensome when applied to multi-family developments.

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    Burdon cancels appearance at music fest

    The second annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival on Aug. 12 at Clement Park will feature the Charlie Daniels Band and Eddie Money plus 10 local bands, including Denver's Funkiphino, plus food, art and retail vendors and family activities.

    Previously scheduled Eric Burdon of Eric Burdon and the Animals had to cancel due to health reasons, the promoter said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Police penalize prohibited pit

  • C-470 Coalition plans town hall meetings via phone

    The C-470 Coalition will hold telephone-based town hall meetings to gather public opinion on what should be done to improve C-470 and on how to pay for possible upgrades.

    The coalition is inviting residents of Jeffco and areas along C-470 to call in, listen to the conversation, ask questions and provide opinions about the highway and their needs.

  • 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.