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  • Foothills negotiating sale of property for housing project

    Foothills Park & Recreation is negotiating the sale of 4 acres of district property between South Wadsworth Boulevard and South Carr Street to pave the way for a developer to create 44 lots for single family homes.

    The sale also would generate additional cash and add to the tax base of the Foothills district, said Ron Hopp, FPRD executive director. During a recent community meeting on the proposed project, Hopp pointed out that requests for an increased mill levy for the park district have failed in recent years.

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Foothills Rec District moving ahead with plan to seek tax hike

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board moved closer last week to asking voters for a property-tax increase in May, although the board hasn’t officially finalized the amount of the potential hike.

  • One-car crash kills teenager

    A one-car accident on West Ken Caryl Avenue killed a 16-year-old girl on Saturday, Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol reported.

    A 15-year-old girl was driving a 2010 Mercedes GLK350 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and hit a street sign, Reid said. The sign came through the sunroof and struck the passenger, Reid said. She died at the scene of the accident.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot during Aurora robbery attempt is expected to recover

    The Jeffco sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured when he was shot while off duty Jan. 26 is still in intensive care after two surgeries, but is expected to recover, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

    Deputy Jose Marquez was shot in the parking lot of the Courtyards at Buckley Apartments in Aurora during an attempted robbery. He initially was hospitalized with “life-threatening” injuries but is currently in stable condition in an intensive-care unit, according to the department’s social media.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Superintendent says school lunch seizure was 'unfortunate'

    Superintendent: Seizure of lunch was an ‘unfortunate incident’

    A Fitzsimmons Middle School staff member who took a student’s lunch away in mid-January because there was no money in the student’s lunch account was acting against district policy, according to the Platte Canyon superintendent.

    Platte Canyon schools Superintendent Brenda Krage said the student was in the school’s self-serve lunch line when the incident occurred.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.