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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cyanobacteria closes Johnston Reservoir

    Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park is closed temporarily as a result of an outbreak of blue-green algae blooms.

    The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Signs have been posted warning against wading, fishing or contact with water in the lake, which has been closed since early August.

    Colin Insley, director of parks, planning and construction for the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said the record heat in the area this summer likely led to the growth of the cyanobacteria.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hydration intimidation situation

  • Embroiderers’ Guild members add color to Jeffco Fair

    By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    If you met these ladies at the county fair, they likely had you in stitches — as only members of a stitchery circle can.

    The Foothills Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America was on hand in the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fair from Aug. 9-12, marking the first year of participation for the sewing and stitchery circle. The 101-strong group includes Mary Mahaffey of Littleton, Lisa Ericson of Centennial and Marcia Martin of Golden, the current chapter president.

  • Festival Day highlights Littleton celebration

    The day to be in Littleton this summer is Festival Day — Saturday, Aug. 18 — the high point of Western Welcome Week, a 12-day celebration of community, tradition and fun.

    Festival Day activities include a day-long lineup of family-friendly and free events starting with the 32nd Littleton Firefighters’ Children’s Parade from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and followed by the Grand Parade down Main Street and a massive craft fair.

  • Repair in the works for stretch of South Ward

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Jeffco Road and Bridge Division are getting together to fix a 700-foot stretch of South Ward Street that has been impaired by an underlying dipping-bedrock problem. 

    Under a tentative agreement unveiled at a meeting of the county commissioners on July 31, the repairs are estimated to cost $750,000. Foothills is expected to pay $500,000, and the county would pay no more than $250,000.