Local News

  • Neighbors protest 3-story apartment building in Ken Caryl

    Over the objections of residents of a neighboring townhome complex, the Jefferson County Planning Commission approved a proposal to rezone 14 acres to allow a 320-unit apartment building in a proposed mixed-use development in the Ken Caryl Business Center at Shaffer Parkway and Shaffer Place.

    The seven-member board unanimously recommended the rezoning after a two-hour hearing on Aug. 8. The proposal is scheduled to go before the county commissioners for a final decision on Aug. 28. The Planning Commission is empowered only to make recommendations.

  • Schools coping with declines in state funding

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

    Jeffco Public Schools can’t count on state funding to make up its budget shortfalls, which is why it is asking voters in November to approve a tax increase, a district administrator says.

  • Part of West Quincy Avenue reopens

    The contractor has completed construction on a section of West Quincy Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and Quincy Place, and the road was scheduled to be open to traffic by the end of the day Aug. 9. South Nelson Street from Nassau to West Quincy Avenue is also open.

    The final phase of construction on West Quincy will close West Quincy between South Simms Street and West Radcliffe Drive. The South Simms Street roundabout will remain open.

    Construction of the final phase of West Quincy is anticipated to be complete in November.

  • Lightning-strike couple have healthy baby boy

    Shannon and Mark Edson, the Summit Ridge couple who were hit by lightning while walking around Hine Lake on July 30, have announced the arrival of James Allen Edson born 12:26 a.m. Aug. 7.

    James weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and Mom was doing well. James is named after Mark's grandfather and Shannon's father.

  • Deer Creek Challenge canceled

    Race director Pat Downing, in an e-mail sent to participants last week, announced that the Deer Creek Challenge bicycle ride, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, has been canceled because of low registration numbers.

  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    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 that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

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  • When lightning strikes twice

    Lightning does strike twice: Just ask the South Jeffco man and his 9-months’-pregnant wife who had two lightning-related experiences in one week and survived with no physical scars to show for it.

    On July 24 a lightning strike took out a branch of a huge dead tree in the couple’s backyard about 9 p.m. while they were in the house. The next week, a bolt nearly blew them off the path around a lake where they were taking a stroll.

  • Library copes with lower revenue in 2013

    The Jeffco Public Library board on Aug. 2 approved a preliminary $26 million bare-bones budget for 2013 that includes no layoffs or closings and anticipates transferring about $1.4 million from the reserve fund to pay for operating expenses. At the end of the year, the projected fund balance would stand at about $8 million.

  • Developers’ request for park-fee relief denied

     While agreeing that the subject of park-and-rec development fees needs to be addressed, the county commissioners on July 31 rejected a developer's plea to reduce the fee for the 250-unit Kipling Commons apartment complex on 9 acres at West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.

    The developer proposed to pay $2,600 per unit, while the county maintained the fee would be closer to $4,600 per unit, with zero property set aside for parks.