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  • Members of Jeffco pot task force selected

    The list of Jeffco residents who will serve on the county’s marijuana task force will be finalized this week. 

    The county commissioners are set to approve appointments to the task force on their consent agenda during a meeting April 15.

    Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, said the 10 members were selected out of 31 viable candidates. Selections were made to provide balanced views on retail marijuana sales. 

  • Three horses seized in Morrison

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies seized three malnourished horses Saturday at a property in Morrison.

    A veterinarian found the horses to be in poor condition and to have significant health issues, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The horses were taken to a horse rescue facility. 

    The identity of the horse’s owner has yet to be released. The property where the horses were seized is in the 17000 block of Forest Avenue.

  • Jeffco ‘tank’ gets 15 minutes of fame

    A picture labeling the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s armored personnel carrier a “tank” became a hot topic online last week.

    A disc jockey named Willie B on 106.7 KBPI posted a picture of the armored personnel vehicle on his Facebook account April 9 with the caption, “… They gotta Tank!! I’m absolutely sure this is to protect us and serve us … right?” 

    The post was shared on Facebook more than 1,200 times and made its way onto the social media site Reddit. 

  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Hickenlooper talks of sacrifice, service

    Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the meaning of service and sacrifice during an appearance Sunday morning at Columbine United Church in Littleton. 

    Hickenlooper, as part of the church’s “I Am Third” lecture series, told the congregation how he learned about selflessness as a child when his father was dying of cancer.

    Hickenlooper’s mother, who was his father’s primary caretaker, had promised to attend her son’s school play, but his father’s illness kept her away. 

  • Program targets child abuse, neglect

    Jefferson County is partnering with Denver on a program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating parents. 

    SafeCare’s goal is to provide parents with needed tools and skills, said Mary Berg, deputy director of the Jeffco Human Services Division. 

    Many cases of abuse and neglect are caused by a lack of parenting skills or knowledge, Berg said. 

  • County formulating disaster recovery plan

    Jeffco’s Emergency Management Office has started work on a disaster recovery plan, a first for the county, to identify which agencies are responsible for different phases of a recovery effort. 

    The agency, part of the Sheriff’s Office, is also re-evaluating its current response plan to find areas of improvement and cooperation with the county’s municipalities.

    County Commissioner Don Rosier said the lack of a recovery plan caused a delay in the transition to recovery after last fall’s flooding. 

  • Judicial system plans truancy strategy

    A two-year grant will help the judicial system in Jefferson County identify the causes of truancy and help steer youths away from jail and back to the classroom.

    The grant, worth up to $70,000 a year, will fund implementation a problem-solving approach similar to family and drug courts. The focus is on treatment and on providing services that address underlying problems. 

  • Habanero peppers suspected in hospitalization of students

    Habanero peppers have been identified as the irritant that sent seven students from the Jeffco Open School in Lakewood to the hospital on Monday.

    West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the campus Monday afternoon after 30 students and one teacher's aide were affected by the then-unknown substance. All of those affected were decontaminated at the school by West Metro.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”