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  • Jeffco resurrects assistant county manager position

    Jefferson County recently resurrected a high-level position vacant since 2008, promoting former special projects coordinator Kate Newman to assistant county administrator.

    Newman, whom County Administrator Ralph Schell promoted and had previously appointed as the county’s interim development and transportation director, will have few changes to her normal duties. She will be performing the same aspects of her coordinator position, though she now handles more administrative tasks.

  • High temps heat up energy demand

      Temperatures soared last week in the metro area, with local highs surpassing 100 degrees on July 17, leading residents to crank up their air conditioners or seek refuge in swimming pools.

    With the steady wave of heat, which was expected to hover in the 90s all week, energy use typically rises right along with the mercury. And though demands will be higher on the power grid, Xcel Energy is prepared to handle it, spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said.

  • Board votes to shrink Chatfield dog park

      The Chatfield dog park will soon be fenced and reduced in size by a third, the Colorado State Parks board decided in a unanimous vote July 15 after a contentious public hearing.

    The changes are necessary, park staff explained, to comply with a mandate from the Army Corps of Engineers and to reduce conflicts among users.

  • Dakota Ridge grad ready to test her (water) wings

      Dakota Ridge High School graduate Moira McNeil has her sights set on a career in homeland security. And if all goes well, her lips might be sealed.

    “Basically, I want the job that when you ask me what I do, I say, ‘I can’t tell you,’ ” the 18-year-old South Jeffco native said. “That kind of job.”

  • Foothills golf director charged with assault in domestic dispute

     

     

  • Ballot measures assailed at local gathering

      Colorado would be in more economic trouble than it already is if voters pass the three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot, a political consultant told a group recently at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    Amendment 60 would cancel voter-authorized TABOR tax-limit overrides and require public entities like airports and state colleges to pay property tax. Amendment 61 limits municipal borrowing to 10 percent of real property assessed value, among other things, and Proposition 101 virtually eliminates vehicle fees and telephone taxes.

  • Eastwood pleads not guilty by insanity

    Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on July 12 in district court to 15 charges against him, including four counts of attempted murder.

    Eastwood, who said little during his arraignment, will be evaluated for at least 45 days at the Colorado Institute for Mental Health in Pueblo. A trial date will be set following a report by the institute.

  • County bans medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jeffco officials on Tuesday morning approved an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, voting unanimously to keep the businesses out of unincorporated areas of the county.

    The move came weeks after the passage of state legislation that granted autonomy to local governments in either regulating medical marijuana businesses or prohibiting them altogether.

  • Chatfield dog park slated for size reduction

      The Chatfield dog park will soon be fenced and reduced in size by a third, the Colorado State Parks board voted unanimously July 15 after a contentious public hearing.

    The changes are necessary, park staff explained, for two reasons:

    First, the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the land and leases it to the state parks service, wants to keep dog park users out of the Platte River’s spillway channel, said Ken Brink, assistant director for field operations. The best solution, he said, is to simply build a fence.

  • E. coli closes Chatfield beach for one day

     

    High levels of E. coli bacteria closed the swim beach at Chatfield State Park on July 11, though the water quality has since been cleared.

    The beach closed at about 9 a.m., reopening at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 12.

    “They showed that the bacterial levels were well below the allowable levels,” said state parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier. “The swim beach is tested regularly.”