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Local News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A walloping workout

  • Governor’s budget a bitter pill for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering making more staff cuts, charging for student transportation, and increasing fees for extracurricular activities in the wake of a proposed state budget that could reduce district revenue by $37 million.

    Following the unveiling of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget on Feb. 15, which cuts $332 million statewide in K-12 funding, Jeffco began preparing budget recommendations to deal with the cuts. Among the effects, student-teacher ratios are expected to increase throughout the district.

  • Trial postponed for alleged Deer Creek gunman

    The trial of alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was postponed last week by more than six months, following approval of a request from the prosecution to have the suspect’s mental health re-evaluated.

    Eastwood, who faces 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder, waived his right to a speedy trial. The original trial date of March 8 was rescheduled during the Feb. 18 motions hearing to Sept. 16.

    The move came almost a year from the Feb. 23, 2010, shootings, which injured students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber.

  • Jeffco deal with Boulder coming apart

    Negotiations over the joint purchase of former Rocky Flats land unraveled this week, after Boulder officials voiced continued opposition to the Jefferson Parkway toll road being constructed nearby.
    Since the government entities — Boulder, Boulder County and Jeffco — tentatively agreed late last year to the idea of collectively funding the purchase of the wildlife refuge known as Section 16, a concrete arrangement has yet to be formed.

  • On the road to Western adventure

    The Lariat Loop has launched a new name and a membership campaign to help promote businesses and historic sites along the 40-mile scenic route through the foothills.

    The group's new theme, "Lariat Loop, 40 miles of Western adventure," will be launched this spring as part of a cooperative brand marketing campaign to go along with its more visible status as a tourist destination.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A Freon spirit is reined in

  • Hartman named director of diversion services

    Former Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was hired by the district attorney’s office recently as director of diversion services for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

    Hartman will begin the new position on March 1, heading 20 staff members.

    The diversion program provides nonviolent, first-time felons with opportunities to give restitution and seek appropriate professional treatment. Successful participants in the program are eligible to have felonies erased from their records.

    More than 1,000 participants are usually enrolled in the program.

  • Jeffco graduation rates dip slightly

    Jeffco’s 2010 high school graduation rates were slightly higher than statewide averages, figures released last week from the Colorado Department of Education show. But the district’s own rate dropped slightly from 2009.

    Among all Jeffco high schools, 5,390 students graduated within traditional four-year timelines, a new standard utilized by the Department of Education. The graduation rate for 2010 was 78.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2009 but nonetheless higher than the current statewide average of 72.4 percent.

  • Pup-sicle: Terrier lost in 15-below temperatures rescued by neighborhood resident

    Life was looking bleak for Cleveland, a wire fox terrier who ventured out of South Jeffco resident Kathy Reilly’s backyard in the early hours of Feb. 2, when temperatures had dropped to 15 below.

    A succession of unusual circumstances led Reilly’s gate to be left open, giving Cleveland a bitter taste of freedom. But an unlikely encounter with a neighbor driving to work just after 3 a.m. proved serendipitous and saved the 22-pound dog from his likely demise.

  • Commissioner feathered nest of future employer

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky proposed an increase of $20,000 in the county’s contribution to the Jefferson Economic Council last year while he was a candidate for the private economic development organization’s top job, the Columbine Courier has learned.