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Outdoors

  • Jeffco school board member supports guns in schools

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Improved website makes Jeffco parks information easier to access

    An enhanced website for Jeffco Open Space provides easier access to information about county parks and trails.

    Clicking on new drop-down boxes on the Jeffco Parks and Trails page brings users to a comprehensive list of parks and amenities they offer, as well as photos.

    “We’ve got more photographs and have added a horizontal navigational tool,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

    The Web page also has information about activities and events at parks, trail rating guides and alerts about closures.

  • Pet owners warned about coyote attacks

    South Jeffco residents are being warned not to leave their pets alone, even in a fenced-in area, after coyotes killed three area dogs since the first of the year.

    Carla Zinanti, the sheriff’s animal control manager, said the increase in attacks has been centered near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue, and also near Lilley Gulch Park. Zinanti said seven dogs had been attacked since Jan. 1, with three of them killed.

  • Jeffco Open Space supports $1 million grant request for Clement Park improvement

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • County ups grant limit for Clement Park irrigation repairs

    Jeffco Parks and Open Space has increased the amount it could provide for an overhaul of Clement Park’s irrigation system.

    The county raised the amount to $1 million from the normal $400,000 cap for one-to-one matching grants. The Foothills Park and Recreation District board has unanimously approved seeking the grant, which would require the district to spend $1 million on the project as well.

  • Lawsuit greets approval of Chatfield expansion

    Final approval for a controversial plan to expand Chatfield Reservoir was granted last week on the same day that a lawsuit was filed to block the project.

    The Audubon Society of Greater Denver is suing  in federal court to stop the expansion plan, which has been put together by the Army Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. 

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Open Space plan suggests using more social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee on Aug. 7.

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said.
    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

    A recent study showed that 26 percent of the community would like to receive information about parks through e-mail, and 23 percent use the Internet, said Rock.