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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.

  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

     

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Commissioners weighing distribution of additional raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have started to determine the best way to disburse the $1.5 million they set aside to reduce employee attrition.

    In the county’s 2015 budget, the commissioners included a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees. But because employee attrition has remained a problem, the board approved an additional $1.5 million for raises, which would amount to a 1 percent increase.

  • Bank makes CASE for seniors with contribution

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office has recognized Colorado Federal Savings Bank for making a $15,000 donation to the DA’s Communities Against Senior Exploitation program.

    The donation, made last year, was finally honored last week in a ceremony. The money from the online bank headquartered in Greenwood Village will go to CASE’s work in prevention and education on senior abuse and exploitation.