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  • 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. 

  • Jeffco school district set to hire new communications director

    The Jeffco school board is set to vote Thursday on a new chief communications officer for the district, a position that has been vacant since June.

    The board will vote whether to hire candidate Diana Wilson, a Lakewood resident whose background includes nearly eight years as a spokeswoman for the Westminster Fire Department and a stint serving on Lakewood’s City Council.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

     The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Morrison ranked among Colorado’s safest cities

    MORRISON — Police Chief Rudy Sandoval was pleasantly surprised and mildly competitive upon hearing his town was recently ranked among the 10 safest cities in Colorado.

    “That’s good news,” Sandoval said. “Who beat us?”

    While Lakeside finished first, followed by Black Hawk and then Campo, Morrison finished fourth based on most police officers per capita. The recent report from ConsumerAffairs.com relied on FBI and Census Bureau data.

  • Community hospital to open in May in South Jeffco

    A two-story community hospital under construction at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue is scheduled to open in mid-May, said Brian Newsome, SCL Health spokesman.

    A joint venture between SCL Health and Emerus Holdings Inc., SCL Health Community Hospital will offer many services found at a larger facility, but on a smaller scale, Newsome said. An emergency department, surgery, in-patient beds and laboratory and imaging diagnostics are among planned services.

  • Open Space committee recommends $3 million grant for Clement Park upgrades

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended $3 million in grant funding to help pay for improvements to Clement Park, plus another $2.3 million for other projects in county parks.

  • Jeffco Open Space establishes guidelines for climbers at parks

    From North Table Mountain Park in Golden to Cathedral Spires Park in Pine, growing numbers of climbers scale high rocky outcrops using fixed hardware. Jeffco Open Space staff has developed rules and regulations to minimize climbing’s impacts on natural areas.

  • Jeffco Fair getting makeover with county management, funding

    This year’s Jefferson County Fair will feature traditional and new events reflecting the diversity of the county, says Dexter Foxworth, recently hired fairgrounds event coordinator.

    County management and funding have created the chance to make the annual fair in Golden a unique experience, a celebration of Jefferson County, Foxworth said.
    Last summer Jeffco’s county commissioners agreed to assume management of the fair, approving a budget of $300,000 to produce it.