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  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office looking into threat at Columbine

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat made Monday afternoon at Columbine High School.

    According to Mike Taplin, spokesman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, a threatening phone call came in around 3:30 p.m., after school had been dismissed. The call appeared to come from a number outside of the United States.

    Because the threat is still under investigation, Taplin said he couldn’t provide much more information than that.

  • Parks Briefs

    Jeffco Open Space considering Heritage Square exchange

    Jeffco Open Space is considering a land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials that would allow the company to expand operations and extend the life of its quarry in Golden.

    If approved, the county open space organization would ultimately receive more than 80 acres, including Heritage Square and the Nancy Bachmann property in Golden, in exchange for 64 unused acres in Matthews/Winters Park.

  • Bomb cyclone doesn’t stop State of County event

    Last year was a productive one for Jefferson County, and 2019 is shaping up to be much the same, according to those who spoke at the first-of-its-kind State of the County event on March 13.

    The forthcoming blizzard did not slow down the event, and hundreds packed the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood to listen to elected officials and county leaders.

    “No bomb cyclone’s going to stop the Jefferson County ‘State of the County.’ We’re too strong for that,” said George Stern, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder.

  • Commissioners approve South Jeffco detox center rezoning

    Despite community apprehension, a recently approved zoning change will likely bring a detoxification facility to South Jeffco.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners on March 12 unanimously supported the rezoning proposal, which will amend the planned development zoning to allow for up to seven beds in an overnight detoxification center at 5920 S. Estes St., and to clarify that medical and dental offices continue to be allowed uses at the site.

  • Parmalee kindergartners fail to catch a leprechaun but still score big on St. Pat’s Day gold

    Keely Hartford’s mouth dropped as she walked into her classroom at Parmalee Elementary School on Monday morning.

    “Holy moly! This is a huge mess,” the 6-year-old said, eyeing the disarray.

    Indeed, Lesley Cantrell’s kindergarten classroom was in shambles when students stormed through the door at the start of a new school week. With chairs flipped, shiny green and gold coins strewn about and a taunting message written on the teacher’s desk, the students soon realized the mess was the work of leprechauns.

  • Jeffco could rehear housing proposal in El Rancho

    More than six months after denying a proposal for 100 multifamily units near El Rancho, it appears as though the Jeffco commissioners are going to allow a rehearing for the Village at Elk Rest Meadows.

    Initially, the developers wanted to amend the planned development zoning on seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow 100 multifamily units. The applicant, PIII Swede Gulch LLC, is now proposing 65 multifamily units instead of the original 100.

  • Jeffco school board approves 5A compensation increase

    With the Jeffco Board of Education approving a compensation increase for teachers earlier this month, the district continues to make good on a number of promises made to its electorate regarding money from the November election.

    The $33 million mill levy override, also known as ballot measure 5A, specified that half of the funds would go toward teacher compensation.

  • Inter-Canyon working structure fire in Hilldale Pines

    Mountain-area fire departments continue to fight a structure fire that gutted the majority of a home off Crystal Drive in Hilldale Pines this afternoon.

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District first received the call at 1:50 p.m., and Indian Hills Fire Rescue and Elk Creek Fire Department provided mutual aid. Some 10 apparatus and 20 firefighters responded to the fire and found heavy smoke and flames upon arrival on scene in Morrison.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Credibility flap

  • West Jeff’s TSA club teaches students about STEM

    It’s not always easy to convince to students to come to school early, but one organization at West Jefferson Middle School has no problem at all.

    The West Jeff chapter of the Technology Student Association has attracted some 60 members who frequently come to school early or stay late to participate. And though science, technology, engineering and math fields are generally male-dominated, more than half of West Jeff’s club members are girls.