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  • Sheriff's Calls

    Caught dread to rights

  • Jefferson County commissioners finalize 2014 budget

    Jeffco has finalized its 2014 budget, but the county commissioners warned the future fiscal outlook is grim and that cuts could be on the horizon in 2015 and beyond.

    The commissioners voted 2-1 vote to approve a $350.5 million operating budget for 2014. The spending plan includes a 1.5-mill increase in the county’s property-tax levy and a 3 percent merit increase for county employees. 

  • Panel approves update to Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton is a step closer to updating the documents that will guide development in the city for years to come. 

    The city’s Planning Board unanimously approved a new comprehensive plan Nov. 25 after delaying the vote for several weeks to allow for more public input. 

  • Littleton gives OK for small breweries, distilleries, wineries

    Littleton could become the new small-craft adult beverage capital of Colorado. 

    The city will now allow small breweries, distilleries and wineries in commercially zoned spaces. Previously, those businesses were allowed only in industrially zoned areas. 

    The city has already heard from businesses in all three fields interested in opening up shop in Littleton, said Community Development Director Glen Van Nimwegen.  

  • Assistance still available for flood victims

    Jeffco’s Colorado Spirit flood support team wants residents of mountain communities affected by September’s flooding to know a variety of assistance is still available. 

    And that includes emotional support. 

    The three-person support team, funded for a year by a grant from FEMA, has worked its way through the county door to door offering help to residents dealing with the aftermath of the flooding.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A father’s pain

  • Jeffco sheriff warns of threat to drivers along C-470 and U.S. 285

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is warning drivers to be on the lookout after receiving several complaints about car windows being shattered while motorists are driving along C-470, U.S. 285 and I-70. 

    The first incident, on July 24, involved a vehicle traveling east on C-470 at Alameda Parkway.

    The most recent incident, on Nov. 19, happened while a woman was driving west on C-470 at Alameda.

  • Commissioners reject higher fees for Planning and Zoning

    Jeffco’s county commissioners balked at a proposed increase in fees charged by the county’s Planning and Zoning Department. 

    The rejected fee boosts were intended to recoup more expenses related to processing applications and permits in the county. Jeffco recovered about 13 percent of those expenses in the last year, putting the county near the bottom among area governments.

  • County gauges support for adding bike lanes on Bowles Avenue

    The county’s Transportation and Development Department is reaching out to South Jeffco to gauge support for adding bicycle lanes along West Bowles Avenue. 

    The proposal, included in the 2012 county-wide bicycle-pedestrian plan, would put bike lanes along West Bowles from C-470 to the county line at Grant Ranch Boulevard.

    While Bike Jeffco, a local bicycle advocacy group, hasn’t issued an opinion, several members were in support of the plan after a county presentation on Nov. 12. 

  • District residents grill Inter-Canyon board in wake of embezzlement

    Citizens fired questions at the Inter-Canyon Fire District board on Nov. 13, demanding answers in the wake of recent theft and embezzlement charges filed against former fire chief Dave MacBean.

    It was the first board meeting since the Oct. 17 indictment of MacBean, who is accused of stealing approximately $643,000 from Inter-Canyon.