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  • Sparks fly over whether to close union negotiations

    Aspects of the Jeffco Public Schools budget were contentious, but more animosity was sparked among board members May 5 regarding whether to hold negotiations with employee unions in closed session. Though it failed on April 21 by a vote of 2-2, the issue was again raised at last week’s hearing, and a vote of 4-1 approved the measure.

    The prior vote was invalid, some board members argued, dismissing it on a technicality.

    The measure included a caveat that the Board of Education must direct a negotiating team before a closed session is held.

  • Indictment charges Moore in mall bombing

    A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Southwest Plaza bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore, charging the 65-year-old with using an improvised explosive device, a count that carries a possible sentence of 30 years to life. As with the prior federal case against him, which the indictment replaces, the grand jury also charged Moore with arson of a building, which has a possible sentence of five to 20 years.
    Moore pleaded not guilty to both counts at a Friday detention hearing.

  • School budget cuts include 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.

  • Woman followed, robbed after leaving store

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man sought in connection with an April 26 robbery in which a woman’s purse was stolen from her car in South Jeffco.
    The man reportedly spoke to the woman as she left a Target store, the Sheriff’s Office said, and he followed her in his car after she drove out of the parking area.

  • City of Boulder officially ends opposition to Jefferson Parkway

    The city of Boulder gave a nod of approval Tuesday to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, solidifying a land deal that trades the city’s acquiescence to the toll road for $5 million in Jeffco open space funds.

    Together, Boulder, Boulder County and Jeffco have agreed to contribute a total of $9.1 million toward the purchase of 640 acres of former Rocky Flats land, which would ultimately be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a refuge.

  • Student needs vs. budget realities

    How to balance the needs of all students as Jeffco Schools makes sweeping budget cuts over the next three years was at the heart of the discussion at a budget forum Saturday at Evergreen Middle School.

    The 100 people attending the meeting listened to speakers ask that budgets for special education, preschool and Outdoor Lab Schools remain intact, despite the district’s plan to cut $39.9 million from the 2011-12 budget.

  • Jefferson County approves 187-acre expansion of White Ranch Park

    The Jefferson County commissioners recently approved a proposal to buy 187 acres for $1,045,408 to be maintained as undeveloped open space west of White Ranch Park.

    The commissioners approved the purchase, which was negotiated by Open Space staff, in the consent agenda at a meeting in March.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Life in the naked city

  • Jeffco lifts fire ban

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Monday lifted a temporary fire ban issued in March for various sections of the county.

    Fire restrictions have been canceled for parts of Jeffco west of C-470, west of Colorado 93 and west of Colorado 121 for land south of C-470.

    Although restrictions have been lifted, fires and campfires are permitted only in permanent fire grates in parks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is prohibited, except in vehicles, buildings or areas at least 6 feet in diameter and free of combustible material.

  • Petition calls for ouster of Boggs as forum moderator

    An online petition is calling for the removal of Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs as moderator at a forum Saturday on the district’s impending budget cuts.

    The forum, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School, is part of a series of public gatherings to discuss the district’s financial picture in the wake of dramatic reductions in state funding.