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  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.

  • Foothills again considering property-tax increase

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board is considering asking district residents for a property-tax increase, despite tax hikes being rejected by voters twice since 2008.  

    The board on Jan. 12 discussed seeking a 1.75-mill increase in the district’s levy, which would generate an additional $1.9 million in annual revenue for the cash-strapped district. If placed on the ballot by the board and approved by voters in May’s election, the added tax would be in effect for a 10-year period.

  • BRIEFS: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • Briefs: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • CASA volunteer changes lives with persistence, consistency

    Greg Lauer describes himself as a “squeaky wheel.”

    The Columbine-area resident volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Jeffco children from troubled homes.

    It’s a tough job, one that requires compassion, patience — and persistence, Lauer said.

    The 18-year-old whom Lauer currently advocates for was recently accepted into a technical school, thanks in part to Lauer’s “squeakiness.”

  • Briefs: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

     Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • Office building under construction in Ken Caryl Business Park

     

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    Construction workers were placing steel beams on the frame of a three-story building under construction in the Ken Caryl Business Park on West Chatfield Avenue on Jan. 13.

  • Rising housing costs lead to increase in Jeffco homeless population

    As housing costs rise in Jeffco and the metro area, the number of homeless people also is increasing, say directors of organizations involved in helping them. Many of the people without a place to live are families and youths who cannot afford to pay rent.

    “We commonly see families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time,” said Jennifer Wilson, coordinator of Community and Family Connections for Jeffco Schools, a program that assists homeless students and their families.

  • Clear Creek school board members discuss need for high-speed Internet

    Clear Creek school board members urged the county commissioners to continue their quest to find a high-speed Internet service provider, to help students who live in remote areas of the county.

    They said students need the Internet to complete homework assignments, and they shouldn’t be forced to find other ways to get their work done.

    They asked the commissioners to ensure that Internet in remote areas would not be too costly, and they discussed the feasibility of creating student cyber cafes in the interim.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Szabo takes over as commission chair; CASA seeks volunteers

    Szabo takes over as commission chair

    Jeffco County Commissioner Libby Szabo will serve as chair of the three-person board during 2016.

    Commissioner Casey Tighe had filled the role for the past year.