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  • A roundup of South Jeffco election races

    With mail ballots now in the homes of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing each race and the candidates vying for South Jeffco’s votes. 

     

    Colorado’s 1st
    Congressional District

    Incumbent: Democrat Diana DeGette. Challenger: Republican Martin Walsh.

    DeGette began representing South Jeffco after redistricting in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the state House from 1992-96. 

  • Seniors’ Resource Center wins national leadership award

    The Seniors’ Resource Center was recognized last month for its work with senior citizens in Jefferson County and the metro area. 

    LeadingAge, a nonprofit organization of more than 6,000 groups that serve various needs of the senior community, gave the SRC its Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award for 2014. 

  • Commissioners still have questions on possible retail marijuana sales

    The county commissioners still have more questions than answers when it comes to retail marijuana businesses opening in Jeffco.

    During an Oct. 14 study session on other city and county regulations on commercial marijuana grow operations and retail stores, all three commissioners expressed interest in marijuana testing facilities and what revenue the businesses could generate.  

  • 10-day crime spree ends with capture of escaped jail prisoner

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail on Oct. 5 is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts is back in custody.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m Oct. 16 in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest came after a stolen car Sandlin was driving flipped as he was fleeing law officers.

    Sandlin apparently had been staying in a vacant house that is up for sale on Sunshine Canyon Drive. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases use of reserves

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • Council member sought to buy property in urban-renewal area

    A Littleton City Council member reportedly inquired about buying a property that could be eligible for a city-facilitated process for financing redevelopment.

  • Grant will help library expand computer training

    The Jeffco Public Library will expand its efforts to help residents master rapidly advancing computer technology, thanks to a $17,353 federal grant.

    The library plans to use the funds to create “Digital U,” an improved set of technology training courses that will travel throughout the county.

  • Environmentalists question Jeffco’s changes to oil and gas rules

    Environmental activists are upset about changes made in September to the county’s oil and gas rules.

    The Sierra Club sent more than 400 form letters to Jeffco Open Space officials in recent weeks regarding the changes to the regulations. Open Space and Parks Director Tom Hoby discussed the letters with members of the Open Space Advisory Committee at a meeting last Thursday.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • Escaped prisoner suspected in county crime spree

    An inmate who escaped from the Jeffco jail in Golden last Sunday night is suspected of stealing several cars and credit cards across the county.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, broke out of the jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 5, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sandlin fled after breaking fencing in the outdoor recreation area. He is the first person to escape from the current county jail.