Lookout Mountain residents seeking to stop a church expansion in their neighborhood have won a court decision.
Jefferson County Chief District Court Judge Christopher Munsinger ruled that a 2-1 county commissioner decision to approve the church’s special-use permit should be undone.
The permit would allow the Activation Ministry International at 166 South Lookout Mountain Road to nearly triple the size of its current 9,000-square-foot building to accommodate the growth of its congregation.
Residential interest in the project was high, and the group Lookout Mountain Residents United formed in opposition.
The group filed the lawsuit opposing the decision, which was passed by County Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom.
In the lawsuit, Munsinger ruled that the church building was currently a legal, nonconforming building, and that the county had no authority under the area’s comprehensive master plan to expand a use that was already nonconforming.
Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL will hold its annual March Madness Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Standley Lake Library Meeting Room, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada.
The sale will offer more than 7,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more.
Most books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for just $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where for $6 you can fill up a grocery bag full of items.
More information is available on book sales and events at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or by calling 303-403-5075.
Reports of mountain lion sightings are increasing all along the Front Range, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said residents need to be educated about this elusive animal.
“They don’t arbitrarily attack people. It’s, in fact, quite rare. However, they are wild animals. They are predators and people need to exercise some caution,” said Churchill.
Attacks against pets are much more common, and typically happen when a family pet is left outdoors overnight. Churchill said any mountain lion sighting or interaction should be reported to her office.
Here are some mountain lion safety tips from Colorado Parks and Wildlife:
• Keep yards and residences well-lit at night.
• Keep dogs and other pets inside.
• Outdoor fencing for dogs, chickens and goats should be sturdy, and include ceiling mesh when possible.
• Stay in groups and make noise when hiking, cycling or running. Lions will avoid you, given a chance.
• If you find a dead animal on or near your property, have it removed promptly. Mountain lions often cover dead animals with leaves or dirt and return later to feed.
• If you see a lion, do not approach it. Stay calm and stand upright. Talk loudly and firmly at the lion and back away slowly.
• Do not turn your back. Do not run. This might trigger a predator instinct to chase.
• If the lion appears aggressive, throw stones, branches, your backpack or anything that is handy.
More information about mountain lions is available at the website wildlife.cstate.co.us.
To report interactions with mountain lions, call 303-291-7227 during normal business hours. In an emergency, please call Colorado State Patrol, who will contact the local on-call officer.
Seasonal nesting closures began at several Jefferson County Open Space park locations, including North Table Mountain Park, Crown Hill Park and Cathedral Spires Park. The closures are designed to allow young birds the best chance at fledging.
Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain will be closed until July 31 to protect the nest sites of various cliff- and ground-dwelling birds.
Crown Hill Park’s Kestrel Pond will be closed to visitors, except for guided groups, until June 30 to prevent disturbing various migrating waterfowl.
Cathedral Spires Park will be fully closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Once the nest sites are located, the Park may be partially reopened.