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  • County scraps program to control West Nile virus

    Jefferson County has ended its West Nile virus prevention program, citing budget cuts that will not allow the health department to control mosquito populations.

    Jeffco previously hired contractors to evaluate and treat potential mosquito breeding grounds across the county. Beginning this year, property owners will no longer benefit from the service, though the health department will provide guidance regarding mosquito control.

    Mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, breed in standing water and can hatch up to 250 eggs within seven to 10 days.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.

  • Wadsworth to be closed at Bowles for pedestrian bridge placement

     A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early morning hours on May 16 through 18, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Monday through Wednesday from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road is scheduled to be open as usual beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Closures planned on South Wadsworth for bridge installation

    A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early-morning hours from May 15 through 17, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Monday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road will be open as normal beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Jeffco library director takes job in Seattle

    Jefferson County Public Library Executive Director Marcellus Turner announced his resignation May 12, accepting a position as the Seattle Public Library’s city librarian.

    Turner will be leaving the Jeffco position on July 15.

    “I truly do enjoy and love this library system,” said Turner, a soft-spoken man who openly notes that though he frequently listens to audio books, he seldom reads the hard copies. “I’m going to miss it.”

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.

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  • Local school to require students to have iPads

    By Stephanie Harper

    For the Courier

    In earlier days, it wasn’t unusual for a student to bring her favorite teacher an apple. At Front Range Christian School, students will be keeping the apples themselves to feed their hunger for knowledge.

    The South Jeffco middle/high school will bring educational technology to a new level in the 2011-12 school year, when it will require each of its 400 students to have an iPad.

    D.J. Turner, spokeswoman for Front Range Christian, said teachers would decide how the iPads will be used in their classes.

  • Jeffco’s outlook on aging

    Jeffco’s burgeoning elderly population could force the county to help create more senior housing and public transportation in the coming years, a recently released study on aging shows.

    The three-year study, titled Aging Well in Jefferson County, was compiled on the premise that the number of residents 60 and over will double by 2030. It predicts heightened demand for civic-engagement programs and accessible information about programs such as Medicare.

  • 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.