Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 3, 20172min221
The loved and loathed Preble’s meadow jumping mouse was thought to be on its way to extinction when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared it “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1998. Of course, the designation assumed the critter really was a distinct species in the first place. And there’s the rub: Critics of the nearly two-decade-old […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 20, 201619min387

Some improvements and benefits to the popular and world-renowned Dinosaur Ridge and its visitors center could result from the development of part of the Alameda Parkway and C-470 interchange in Jefferson County. The county's planning commission held a four-hour long public hearing Wednesday night, Dec. 7, followed by a more than three-hour meeting the next night, before they voted 5-2 to recommend that a rezoning request for a 40.5-acre parcel be approved by the county commissioners on Jan. 17. Property owners, including a family member of the Stevinson auto dealerships, asked the county to rezone the northwest parcel, also the site of the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center, to allow between two to four “boutique” dealerships, a 50-foot high hotel or motel and a gas station. The project would be known as the Rooney Ranch Business Center, after the nearby historic ranch. The parcel and land where the interchange is located was once part of the ranch.