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  • DA seeks grant to boost prosecutions in sex assault cases

    Jeffco’s district attorney and his staff want to focus more resources on prosecuting felony sexual offenders, and have applied for state grant funding to help with that goal.

    Eva Wilson, who serves as DA Pete Weir’s senior chief deputy district attorney, told the county commissioners March 1 that she hopes a grant will help the office double the number of felony sexual assaults that it prosecutes.

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

    John-Michael Keyes and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, parents of Emily Keyes, who was fatally shot in 2006 at age 16 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School, said in a release that they asked the board of the I Love U Guys Foundation to make 2015 the parade’s last year.

  • Boating season opens at Chatfield State Park

    Prompted by warm weather, the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park opened for boating on Friday. The south boat ramp will open April 1, according to information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    All vessels on trailers must undergo an inspection prior to launching. However, hand-launched, non-motorized boats such as canoes or kayaks are allowed on the water without an inspection.

  • Looking at ways to get kids, families outdoors

    “We’ve got to understand what can motivate people to get outdoors,” said Ben Davis of Onsight Public Affairs at the March 3 meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

    Davis and his Onsight partner Mike Melanson are leading a research project for Great Outdoors Colorado to determine the level of interest that families have in outdoor experiences for their children and to find ways of encouraging them to enjoy nature.

  • McCasky resigns as head of economic development group

     Kevin McCasky has resigned as president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

    The former county commissioner, who had led the Golden-based economic development organization since 2011, stepped down effective March 2, according to the release. No reason was given for his departure.

  • South Jeffco Democrats throng caucuses

    Vehicles were circling a packed parking lot at Chatfield Senior High School in a futile search for an available space on Super Tuesday caucus night last week. And the high school gym was filled to capacity at the general gathering before precinct caucuses began for Jeffco Democrats.

    “We had an amazing turnout,” said Cheryl Cheney, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. “Our numbers exceeded our previous record in 2008.”

  • Correction

    A story in the March 2 edition of the Courier contained misleading information about wording on memorial plaques to be placed on benches at Clement Park. The board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District approved two references to verses in the New Testament of the Bible as content for the plaques. The actual quotations will not appear on the plaques.

  • New time, location set for Jeffco foreclosure sales

    The Jeffco public trustee has announced that foreclosure sales are being moved to a new location and time.

    Starting March 24, the sales will be held at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the jury assembly room on the court side of the Jeffco Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

  • Centralized dispatch center to include Jeffco police, fire agencies

    Both fire districts and law enforcement agencies in Jeffco will by served by the centralized dispatch center being implemented by the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, according to terms of the intergovernmental agreement for the plan.

    Included in JeffCom are police departments for the cities of Lakewood, Arvada, Golden and Wheat Ridge, and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Foothills board approves memorial bench with biblical inscriptions

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has approved a memorial plaque for a park bench that will include two verses of biblical scripture. Resident Laurie Norton, who is donating the bench that will be placed at Clement Park, added the verses to her original request.

    At the Feb. 23 board meeting, park district attorney Paul Rufien advised board members that the district cannot take any action that endorses religion. However, there is an exception for an individualized remembrance such as the one Norton requested, he said.