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Chickens and bees for backyards

Jefferson County Commissioners will talk about the birds and the bees at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

The commissioners will consider a proposed change to county ordinances that would allow for expanded chicken and bee backyard cultivation for Jeffco residents.

A draft of the changes can be found on the county’s Planning And Zoning page, www.jeffco.us/planning.

For more information, or to comment on the proposed changes, contact Heather Gutherless at 303-271-8716, hgutherl@jeffco.us or Nina Ruiz at 303-271-8732, nruiz@jeffco.us.

District attorneys academy

The Citizens Academy is open to residents of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. The academy will be from 7-9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, April 23 to June 25.

According to the DA’s press release, the 10-week course will attempt to “demystify the criminal justice system and provides an inside look at prosecution and law enforcement in the First Judicial District.”

The academy will be at the District Attorney’s Office, 500 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

Call 303-271-6800 or go to 222.districtattorney1.com for more information or to register.

Space is limited and an application is required. Applications are due by April 5.

Apex Park open house

An open house to provide information, and gather input from the community, neighbors and visitors who use Apex Park is planned from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, and Tuesday, April 2, at the Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401.

The Apex Park Trailhead is at the junction of County Highway 93 and Highway 40 near Heritage Square in Golden.

Anyone interested in the park is encouraged to send an email toapexpark@jeffco.us to be included in an email contact list to receive updates and notices regarding the park.

The county is especially seeking public input on issues of shelter, grading and drainage, permanent restroom, water fountain, handicap parking, and other typical park entry elements.

Odom demonstration planned

Community activists are planning a protest rally against former County Commissioner John Odom at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, in front of the County Courthouse and Administrative Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.

Odom walked off the job seven weeks early without explanation, but still received a commissioner’s salary and benefits, at an estimated cost of $15,583 to tax payers.

“He owes the taxpayers this money!” protest organizer Judy Denison said.

Denison has called on Odom to donate the money to Jefferson Center for Mental Health, an organization that Odom voted to cut by $140,000 during last year’s budget process.