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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.

  • Holiday fetes set in Littleton, South Jeffco

    For two days this weekend, South Jeffco and Littleton will celebrate our country’s independence with music, food and prodigious pyrotechnics.

    Foothills Park and Recreation’s Red, White & You kicks off the Fourth of July weekend at 5 p.m. Friday. The festival is staying true to what attendees have enjoyed in the past, said Regina Smith, arts director for Foothills.

    “We’re really sticking with the same formula that has been working well, since we keep hearing how much everyone from the community loves it,” Smith said.

  • Event pushes pedals as commuting alternative

    Area resident Cindy Elliott was so excited about Bike to Work Day that she doubled the length of her morning commute on June 24.

    “This is the perfect morning for a ride,” said Elliott, who had stopped at a breakfast station on the Mary Carter Greenway near West Belleview Avenue and Prince Street on the way to her job in Highlands Ranch. “We’re riding 7 miles this morning. Usually my commute is a 3-mile trip, but we decided to go for a longer ride since it’s Bike to Work Day.”

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for dance studio

    Dozens of students from True Dance Academy who packed a Jeffco hearing room last week erupted in cheers when a rezoning request for the school was approved on a 3-0 vote by the county commissioners.

    The dance studio, at 8950 W. Quincy Ave. across the street from the federal prison, needed the rezoning to continue operating at the location.

    “It’s a relief. I mean, this has been on going for a while, so it’s a huge relief,” said owner Shelly Trujillo. “All the kids were celebrating at the next rehearsal after the hearing.”

  • Littleton manager elected to Municipal League board

    Littleton City Manager Michael Penny recently elected to the board of directors of the Colorado Municipal League.

    Penny was elected by municipal officials from across the state at the CML’s annual meeting June 16-19. The CML represents 268 cities and town across the state in policy affairs and with advocacy. The nonprofit also provides resources to cities and towns on various issues.

  • Fellman won’t seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman has decided not to run for re-election this fall, saying she wants to make her family a priority.