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  • Conservatives take control of Jefferson County school board

    Three conservative candidates were victorious over a slate of three progressives in the race for open seats on the Jeffco school board, dramatically changing the board’s political orientation.

    Fallout from the results in the Nov. 5 mail-in election was swift: The existing school board voted to scrap plans for the controversial inBloom data-storage system. Meanwhile, district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement effective in June 2014.

    In final, unofficial results, with about 174,373 ballots counted:

  • Added features envisioned for Clement Park

    The completed master plan for the future of Clement Park preserves the park’s traditional uses while adding several new features, including a lakefront boardwalk at Johnston Reservoir.

    Now, the Foothills Park and Recreation District must confront the difficult part — finding the funds to implement the plan.

    Clement Park, which was built in 1987, has needed a major face-lift for several years, and the district has estimated that $7 million to $8 million in repairs and replacements are needed. 

  • Final hearing slated on Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hold another hearing on the city’s proposed updated comprehensive plan after hearing complaints during its last hearing Oct. 28 that the public was not given enough time to comment.  

    During the October hearing, several people asked for more time to comment on the plan and said the last draft of the comprehensive plan was released less than a week before the public hearing on it. The board voted unanimously to hold another public hearing at its Nov. 25 meeting. 

  • Jeffco libraries could boost spending in 2014

    After several years of cutbacks in branch hours and capital expenditures, the Jeffco Public Library is hoping its 2014 budget will provide some relief.

    The library’s proposed $25.5 million spending plan for next year is slightly less than for 2013, but outlays will increase slightly from this year’s $25.8 million budget. That’s a result of the library paying off debt associated with construction of the Belmar branch in Lakewood, which will decrease debt payments by about $715,000. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Governor's Ranch Elementary locked down after report of suspicious man

    Governor’s Ranch Elementary School was locked down on the afternoon of Oct. 30 after a student reported seeing a suspicious person on campus.

    The student described seeing either a middle-school- or high-school-age male in jeans and a black trenchcoat carrying a backpack around campus, said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Sheriff’s Office hopes raises will reduce loss of employees

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office hopes measures proposed in its  2014 budget can help reverse the sharp increase in employee turnover the department has experienced over the last several years. 

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its turnover rate for both sworn officers and civilian employees increase during the five years since raises have been given. 

    Currently, several employees are suing the Sheriff’s Office for what they claim are back wages and overtime promised on a salary schedule that existed when they were hired. 

  • Momentum building for consolidated emergency dispatch system in Jeffco

     

    Jeffco and its municipalities are starting to consolidate emergency dispatch services in the county into one centralized call center. 

    A recent study done for the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority recommended consolidating the 10 primary and secondary call centers in Jeffco into one main call center and several regional dispatch centers. 

  • Jeffco Human Services facing more cuts

    Jeffco’s Human Services Division is facing another round of cuts in the proposed 2014 budget and might have to eliminate positions and programs to balance its books. 

    One of the targeted programs is the Family Integrated Treatment Court, often called drug court, which costs the county about $500,000 annually.

    FIT Court, a voluntary program in the Jeffco court system, works with high-risk dependency or neglect cases involving families, with the goal of keeping children from having to be removed from homes.  

  • Littleton ballot has initiatives from citizens

    Along with four open seats on the City Council, Littleton voters will decide in the Nov. 5 election on potential changes to how the council operates and whether two new taxes should be levied. 

    Ballot measure 301 will let voters decide if the council will be held to stricter regulations when it comes to meeting behind closed doors. The issue was put on the ballot by a citizen petition.