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  • Jeffco commissioners eye targeted raises to slow attrition

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are considering awarding targeted pay increases as a way to stop, or at least slow, an increase in employee attrition.

    The commissioners discussed spending $1.5 million annually to target certain areas in the county workforce during two days of staff briefings last week on Jeffco’s proposed 2015 budget. County employees are already in line for a 2 percent merit-pay increase next year.

  • Body of missing Littleton woman found in Gunnison National Forest

    Police in Mount Crested Butte say that human remains found in the Gunnison National Forest are those of Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the area since Aug. 13

    A search party on Oct. 29 found the remains in a rugged area called Middle Anthracite Creek, close to where hunters on Oct. 23 found items identified as belonging to Ahlbrandt, said Marjorie Trautman, a spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte police.

  • CSI: Jeffco

    Sometimes a cop needs a microscope to catch a criminal.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office opened the new regional crime lab for a tour last week. The new facility, part of an expansion of the jail, will give law enforcement access to some of the most cutting-edge scientific equipment available.  

  • Jeffco jail in line for security upgrade after escape

    The Jeffco jail is getting a security upgrade after its first prisoner escape since it was built 28 years ago. 

    The county commissioners have given initial approval to a project that will install metal bars on the jail’s five recreation yards. The bars will supplement the steel security meshing that is currently in place. 

    The project is estimated to cost $100,000, and the funds will come from a surplus from the current jail expansion, which is about $1 million under budget. That project is about a month away from completion. 

  • City promotes urban renewal in meeting with residents

    Littleton hosted a town hall meeting on the urban renewal process as part of its ongoing effort to counteract what the city sees as misinformation about urban renewal.

    The meeting at Arapahoe Community College on Oct. 28 drew about 200 people. Residents were asked to give the city feedback on questions including their age, perception and knowledge of urban renewal, whether they had children in Littleton Public Schools, and whether they owned a business in town.

  • Foothills finalizes sale of parcel

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District finalized the sale of a parcel on the northwest corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue last week, netting the district $1.075 million after commission.

    The property will be developed into a two-story medical center with a surgical unit, emergency medical care and overnight care. The property had to be rezoned by Jefferson County to allow for overnight stays before the sale could go forward, said Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp.

  • Commissioners set to extend moratorium on retail pot sales

    Jeffco has taken the first steps in extending a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales until 2016.

    The moratorium currently in place prohibits commercial marijuana sales, grow operations or manufacturing, but is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2015. The county commissioners will vote at a public hearing Dec. 9 on extending the ban until Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Littleton council approves two controversial urban renewal plans

    The Littleton City Council approved two contentious urban renewal plans Nov. 4 despite objections from residents and a representative of Arapahoe County.

    The Columbine Square plan was ratified on a 4-3 vote, with council members Peggy Cole, Jerry Valdes and Bruce Beckman voting against. All three questioned whether the area needs urban renewal to spur development.

  • Locavore hops to its local mission

    By Cat Elsby, For the Courier

    For the locals, by the locals — that was the vision of owners Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson when they decided to open a brewery, Locavore Beer Works, in Littleton.

    The aim of Locavore, which opened its doors on Saturday, Nov. 15, is to support local businesses as much as possible and promote local companies, Reinhardt said. Names of the brewery’s business partners appear on the beer menu, and the tables were made by a local craftsman.

  • Error on flier disturbs school district parents

    Two parents want the Jeffco school district to vet sponsors of district officials’ speaking engagements after an announcement for an Evergreen Tea Party meeting originally listed a white-supremacist group as a co-sponsor.