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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.

  • County gives approval to 2015 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that they hope will prevent county employees from seeking greener pastures.

    The budget includes a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees and an additional $1.5 million for the commissioners to disburse to departments experiencing high attrition rates. The commissioners will decide how to distribute the additional funds, equal to about a 1 percent pay increase, next year.

  • Jeffco GOP taking applications for Griffin’s commission seat

    The Jeffco GOP is accepting applications to fill Jeffco Commissioner Faye Griffin’s soon-to-be vacant seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

    Griffin, elected in 2012 to a second term as a commissioner, will step down from the board when she is sworn in as Jeffco clerk and recorder in January. Griffin handily defeated Democrat Michael Snow in the Nov. 4 election to win a third term as county clerk; she previously was elected to that position in 1998 and 2002.

  • Medical center proposed for Fun City site

    A developer’s plans for a medical center in South Jeffco could mean eviction for Fun City.

    Developer Fleisher Smyth Brokaw LLC is in the pre-application process with the county to turn the property that houses the entertainment center at 9760 W. Coal Mine Ave. into a medical facility. In the pre-application, plans indicate the current building may be torn down, said Heather Gutherless, a senior planner with Jeffco’s Planning and Zoning Department.

  • Ski-hill proposal could face uphill battle

    A proposal to rezone 53 acres in Morrison to allow creation of hiking trails and potentially a ski slope has elicited questions about water supply from Jeffco officials — and the ire of local residents.