Local News

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.


    Commissioner slams RTD over Golden light-rail crossing

    County Commissioner Don Rosier on March 22 expressed outrage about the light-rail crossing at West Sixth Avenue and Johnson Road near the county courts building, which he described as dangerous.

    Rosier said he has sent e-mails to the Regional Transportation District about the crossing, where he says the train often crosses Johnson Road even when oncoming traffic has a green light.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.


    Inter-Canyon Fire cancels board election

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has canceled May’s election for two seats on its board of directors, as no challengers stepped forward to run.

    Ralph Dreher and Jennifer Volkman each will serve another four-year term on the board of the Morrison-based district.

  • Ending performance pay would cost $3.5 million

    Ending the controversial policy that links teacher pay to performance evaluations — a hallmark of the conservative school board majority that was recalled last November — would initially cost $3.5 million, the Jeffco school district’s human resources chief said last Thursday.

  • Columbine, other Jeffco libraries increase hours, services through additional funding

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours of operation at the Columbine branch and all other libraries within it system beginning April 4.

    The larger libraries, including those in Columbine and Evergreen, will be open 65 hours a week, adding 14 hours to their current weekly schedule. The smaller libraries, including Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, will be open to patrons 48 hours per week beginning next month, a 7.5-hour weekly addition.

  • EV Studio selected to design Clement Park improvement project

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on March 8 selected EV Studio to design a major improvement project at Clement Park.

    The Evergreen firm will provide architectural, engineering and landscape design services for the new core building, plaza and fountain area at a cost capped at $211,802.

    “Our top priority is to build a new core building to replace the old building, which was closed due to unsafe conditions,” said Colin Insley, Foothills’ director of parks planning and construction.

  • Planning Commission members recommend against rezoning for storage facility

    A reduction in building height and a softer color scheme for a planned storage facility at South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue did not affect the Jeffco Planning Commission’s unanimous decision to recommend denial of rezoning for the project on March 9.

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Lot rezoned to accommodate two homes

     Jeffco's county commissioners unanimously agreed to allow a Littleton-area developer to rezone a 15-acre parcel to build two homes on the property.

    The land, near the intersection of South Deer Creek Canyon Road and South Murphy Gulch Road, was previously zoned Agricultural-2, which allowed only one house on every 10 acres. The March 1 vote rezoned the lot to Agricultural-1, which will allow one house for every 5 acres.