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  • County health department seeks more smoking restrictions

    Officials at the Jeffco health department want the county’s anti-smoking laws to be even stricter than those enforced by the state, but at least one county commissioner thinks the suggested clampdown may go too far.

    "Workers should be able to have clean air," said Dr. Mark Johnson, director of the Jeffco Department of Health and Environment, as he described the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Law. "It's a good law, but not as good as it could be. It's only moderately strong."

  • Deputies help calm crowd at Mr. Biggs during power failure

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called in to help the new management of Mr. Biggs after the power went out for more than an hour during a musical performance.

    Businessman Art Cormier purchased Mr. Biggs several weeks ago and is in the process of upgrading the facility to handle more events, including musical performances, dancing and boxing matches.

    Cormier said that during a dance with live bands the night of Oct. 10, the power went out for more than an hour, and he called the sheriff’s office to make sure there were no negative incidents.

  • Crop Hunger Walk coming up Oct. 18

    Times are tough in the good old USA, but Caryn and Peter Boddie of South Jeffco are hoping that area residents still can find a few spare dollars for the less fortunate in other countries.

    "There are a lot of fund-raisers," Peter Boddie said. "But this is one of the only ones where you can help people in other countries and participate in something and connect to people in other countries."

  • Jeffco to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees

    Jeffco soon will offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees after a recommendation from the county's benefits oversight committee last week.

    The proposal was one of several recommendations the employee group presented to the county commission Oct. 6. The commissioners approved the plan during a vote Oct. 13. The benefits package would include medical/vision, dental and other benefits, and be available during the county's open enrollment period starting this week. The benefits will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Shaffer Elementary lets PIs seeking missing girl in building

    Two private investigators looking for a missing child were allowed into Shaffer Elementary School last Friday to seek information on an 8-year-old female student because the staff believed they were law enforcement officers, the district says.

    Principal Gina Rivas apparently helped the investigators identify the girl, who turned out not to be involved in the matter. In addition, Rivas didn't contact the Jeffco Sheriff's Office until the private investigators insisted it be called.

  • Colt Canter Community Walk for Caring Connections

    The Colt Canter Community Walk for Caring Connections will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Columbine Hills Elementary School. Check in/registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The non-competitive walk is approximately one mile through the Columbine Hills neighborhood. Concessions, entertainment and bicycle rodeo will be offered at the end of walk. Caring Connections is a program created in 2006 to reach out to Columbine Hills Elementary students and their families in times of challenge such as a death, birth, serious illness/injury, loss of job, etc.

  • Grand Junction police officer found dead in Jeffco

    A Grand Junction police officer accused of sexual assault and burglary was found dead in a Jeffco hotel room Oct. 6.

    Glenn Coyne, 35, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a room at the Days Inn Hotel at 15059 W. Colfax Ave., according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

    Coyne had recently posted a $250,000 bond to get out of the Mesa County jail. He was being held on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary.

  • Jeffco sheriff leads effort to allow sick-day ‘donations’

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is leading an effort to allow employees to donate unneeded sick time to co-workers who may need it.

    Sheriff Ted Mink said a deputy had used a lot of his sick time while helping his wife through a trying health situation. Not long after that, the deputy was diagnosed with cancer himself, and had little sick time left.

    Mink said the deputy should be fine and his treatment schedule can be managed, but the situation showed the need for a change in policy to let employees with more sick time than they need donate it to others.

  • Correction

    A story in the Oct. 7 issue of the Courier incorrectly stated that private investigators were permitted to question a student at Shaffer Elementary. Although they were allowed to see the girl, they did not actually speak with her.

  • County wants registry for foreclosed properties

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says the county should have the authority to require banks and other property owners to maintain foreclosed and abandoned properties to help head off crime and preserve property values.

    "With all these foreclosures out there, there's a lot of additional criminal activity," Mink told the county commissioners Sept. 15. "They attract crime, and the neighbors get upset. Some cities have authority to force banks to do something with the properties; counties don't."