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  • Escaped jail inmate captured in Boulder

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail last week and is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts was arrested Thursday morning.

  • 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.

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • School district approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote on Oct. 2, the Jeffco school board approved an amended version of a plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.
    The two existing committees will report directly to the board. Before last Thursday night’s decision, the existing curriculum review committees had reported only to district administration.

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.