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  • County to add up to 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.

  • Foothills taking applications for soon-to-be-vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member Terri Maulik is set to resign her Ward 5 seat after the May 26 board meeting. Maulik and her family are planning to move to Parker by month’s end.

  • Council approves construction-defects ordinance

    Citing a lack of action by the state legislature, the Littleton City Council has approved its own version of a construction-defects law.

    Several bills aimed at reforming the state law — which developers blame for a dearth of condo construction — failed in this year’s legislative session.

  • Suspect in Sheridan homicide arrested in South Jeffco

    A suspect in a Sheridan homicide was arrested near West Hampden Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

    Nicholas Benhmida, 39, was wanted in connection with a homicide in Sheridan on Tuesday morning. He was arrested by Jeffco deputies without incident Wednesday.

  • Suspect found dead after standoff at Essex House Motel

    A bank robbery suspect who barricaded himself in the Essex House Motel in Littleton after shooting an FBI agent on Friday afternoon died from a self-inflicted gunshot during the ensuing standoff.

    The suspect was identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office as Jesus Emmanuel Avila, 19. The FBI said in an interview with AP that Avila was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the metro area committed by the “Longhorn Bandit.” The robber often wore a University of Texas Longhorns baseball hat.

  • City, South Suburban agree on Reynolds Landing improvements

    The Littleton City Council and South Suburban Parks and Recreation have approved a master plan for Reynolds Landing Park, which sits next to the Aspen Grove shopping center and the new Breckenridge Brewery. 

    Approved during a joint session of the council and South Suburban’s board on July 21, the plan includes improvements and expansion of trails, upgrades to restroom facilities and the Carson Nature Center, added amenities such as a playground, and improvements to the river. 

  • Increase proposed in dog-licensing fee

    An increase is being proposed in Jeffco’s dog licensing fees to address a budget shortfall at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    A proposal to be voted on Aug. 4 by the county commissioners would boost the annual licensing fee for a spayed or neutered canine to $20 from $15. Spayed or neutered animals represent the vast majority of pets that are licensed. Dogs that are not altered now cost $30 to license.

    The county requires all dogs to be licensed. There is no requirement for cats or other pets to have a license.

  • Negotiations on teachers' contract stalled

    The negotiating teams for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union are each waiting for the other side to make the next move after bargaining stalled two weeks ago over contract length.

  • School board recall organizers exceed signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • School board recall organizers reach signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.