Crown Hill Park decision made

After hosting public meetings and gathering input for thousands of community members, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has determined a final course of action for Crown Hill Park.

According to information provided by JCOS, it will be implementing all the “givens” discussed by the public, including replacing the restroom, park information center (kiosk), adding three accessible and staff parking spaces and removal of all fitness stations.

The fitness stations removal will be completed by June 30.

A larger water tap, from a 1 to 1.5 feet, will be purchased to support the new restroom needs and allow trees to be planted and irrigated in the one-acre area around the restrooms.

Trees that need to be removed for construction or because they are invasive species such as Russian Olives will be replaced on a one-to-one basis in this area.

A shade structure will not be added at this time, according to JCOS. Instead a small area north of the restrooms will be graded to create a flat surface for nature education programs. The necessary irrigation lines to water future tree plantings in this area will also be added to this area.

This is within the one-acre area that JCOS could irrigate if the larger water tap is purchased.

With the removal of fitness equipment and concrete pads anticipated by the end of June, all other work on the givens and plantings will start in late August and be completed by late fall.

Lakewood police, state patrol to conduct DUI checkpoint

On Friday, May 24, Lakewood Police, in partnership with The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and The Lakewood Volunteer Program will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Wadsworth Blvd. near 10thAve.

The checkpoint will be set up in the late night hours when a majority of DUI arrests occur.

The checkpoint is part of a statewide The Heat is On safe driving campaign.

Brady High School teacher wins $5,000 for school

Ed Bauer, a teacher at Brady High School in Lakewood, won $5,000 for the school’s general fund from

Bauer won the Leadership in Education award, a statewide contest for teachers in Colorado. It is sponsored by CenturyLink, Inc. and the Denver Nuggets.

“Mr. Bauer is able to truly explain math in such a way that any student can understand it. He will create a movie, bake a cake, find a website, videotape himself and do whatever it takes to help a student learn,” said BHS Principal Troy Braley in his nomination for Bauer.

“He has raised the math department course completion rate by 47 percent in one year, and he has been instrumental in increasing our graduates from 58 percent two years ago to 94 percent last year.”

He also won a Denver Nuggets pep rally at the school to kick of the new school year in the fall.

Pettersen sponsored animal bill signed

On May 6, Senate Bill 13-201, sponsored in the House by Reps. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

It designates dogs and cats adopted from animal shelters and rescues as the state’s official state pet.

This bill was brought to the legislature by eighth graders from Peakview Middle School in Walsenburg.


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