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  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Jeffco voters reject bid for term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of letting elected officials run for three consecutive terms.

    Allowing every elected official in Jeffco besides the county commissioners to run for three consecutive terms instead of the current two was broken into two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. The district attorney's position was listed by itself, and voters rejected that proposal by nearly 20 percentage points, with 58 percent of voters saying no and 41 percent approving.

  • RTD, county still at odds on light-rail issue

    RTD and Jefferson County are still trying to resolve a sticking point in the agreement concerning the light-rail line being built to serve the Taj Mahal.

    Construction work has become very visible along West Sixth Avenue during the past several months on the west corridor light-rail line — which will run between downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building. But one issue remains on the table: What would happen to the station and the parking garage if light-rail service were to end for some reason.

  • Area survives what is now just a melting memory

    Schools and law enforcement agencies were generally pleased with their response to the massive snowstorm that hit Jefferson County last week.

    The season’s first major snowstorm is but a melting memory now, but the onslaught shut down schools for two days and forced many South Jeffco residents to miss work.

    Other than the inconvenience, though, the area fared pretty well.

  • Man fatally shot by SWAT Team after five-hour standoff

    A five-hour standoff in a South Jeffco home ended in death Oct. 23 as a man pointing a gun at Jeffco SWAT Team members was fatally shot.

    The standoff started when a woman called police to her home at 11345 W. Crestline Drive at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22, saying her adult son was upset and had fired a gun in the house, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Deputies could hear additional gunshots from inside the home when they arrived. Reverse 911 was used to call 175 homes in the area and request that residents stay inside their homes and away from windows.

  • Pedaling a plan: Jeffco planning staff seeks to create approach to bicycle-pedestrian paths

    Planning and zoning officials say Jeffco needs an overall approach to dealing with the county’s 210 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths.

    “We have some discussion points found in the major thoroughfare plan, but no real focus on how bicycle and pedestrian paths exist and can be accommodated in the county," reads a memo from Development and Transportation Director Tim Carl.

  • Commissioners launch 'citizen input meetings'

    The Jefferson County commissioners launched a series of public meetings last week dubbed "citizen input meetings," aimed at interacting with the public and allowing for extensive question-and-answer sessions with county officials and staff.

    The first stop on the tour was The Peak Recreation Center in South Jeffco, where the commissioners hosted about 20 area residents.

    "We just want to keep you up to date on what we have going on in the county," said Commissioner Kevin McCasky. "We really want to get your feedback."

  • District says no decisions made on school closures

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Jeffco Public Schools says no final decisions have been made on possible school closures or changes to high school articulation areas.

    The district's Facility Usage Committee — made up of 33 community members, district employees, union representatives and others — has been meeting since March to find ways to save money with more efficient use of district buildings, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Mr. Biggs owner promises improvements

    A new owner of Mr. Biggs wants the community to know that despite incidents associated with some of his past properties, Mr. Biggs will be a family-oriented destination with public safety as a top priority.

    “There will be no negativity to this property whatsoever,” said Art Cormier. “This is a family-oriented fun center.”

    Concerns about the new direction of Mr. Biggs were raised when an electrical outage during an Oct. 10 concert attended by 1,500 resulted in more than a dozen Jeffco sheriff’s deputies responding.

  • Snowstorm eases; schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 2 1/2 feet in some parts of South Jeffco, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous during the course of the two-day storm.

    Check our website for updates.