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  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County. 

  • 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. 

  • Residents choosing among 3 candidates in race for assessor

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing  the candidates vying for votes. 

    As the 2014 campaign season draws to a close, Jeffco residents are choosing among three candidates in the race for county assessor.

  • Three finalists named for judge vacancy in 1st Judicial District

    A list of finalists to fill the vacancy left on the 1st Judicial District with the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger includes the spouse of a current Jeffco county commissioner.

    Laura Tighe, wife of Commissioner Casey Tighe, was one of three finalists picked by the 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from that list to replace Munsinger. Todd Kastetter and KJ Moore, both of Littleton, are the other finalists. 

  • Littleton council votes to allow residential permit parking

    The Littleton City Council has approved a new residential parking permit system in response to concerns about commuters using residential streets as a parking lot for RTD’s downtown light-rail stop.  

    The new neighborhood permit parking program, approved by the council Oct. 21, would let neighborhoods petition the city to create a permit area. Residents would have the permits, and anyone else parking on a neighborhood street could be ticketed.

  • Items belonging to missing Littleton woman found in wilderness area

    Items belonging to Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area near Crested Butte since Aug. 13, were found last week by hunters.

    The hunters were in the area of Anthracite Creek when they discovered a small waist-pack containing several items with Ahlbrandt’s name on them. Marjorie Trautman, spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte Police Department, said the items were discovered in an area away from Ahlbrandt’s planned route.

  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for campaign fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County. 

  • A roundup of South Jeffco election races

    Editor's note: 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.