Local News

  • County poised to buy S. Jeffco building for services hub

    Jefferson County is poised to spend $6.5 million on a new building in South Jeffco that would house the sheriff’s substation and motor vehicle department. The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at an upcoming hearing.

    At nearly 33,000 square feet, the new facility would be almost twice as large as the two existing spaces, which the county leases from private owners.

  • Proposed fee at Chatfield dog park opposed

    More than 20 years of operation and thousands of paws have slowly beaten away at the vegetation and soil at the Chatfield dog park, and officials are taking one last round of public input before putting a new plan for the area before the board of directors for state parks.

    But a proposal to reduce the size of the off-leash area and to charge dog owners for its use is running into opposition.

  • Cops put the finger on resident for expressing himself

    A South Jeffco resident delivered an unfriendly gesture to his neighbor May 19, only to be greeted in return with a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

    Joseph Vanderzwart, 24, was riding his motorcycle near another resident’s condo balcony and displayed his disdain for her by prominently presenting his middle finger. It was the latest in a series of confrontations the two have had, he said, following an incident in which the neighbor voiced her disapproval of his dog walking around off-leash.

  • County considers regulations on pot dispensaries

    Jefferson County is considering regulations governing medical-marijuana dispensaries, including a possible ban in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners, the county attorney, the sheriff and planning and zoning staff held a closed-door meeting to discuss House Bill 1284, the wide-ranging dispensary legislation awaiting Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature.

  • County’s new animal shelter nears completion

    The finishing touches are being completed on the new Foothills Animal Shelter, and the current facility could be packing its bags — and kennels — for a move in late July. One of the most prominent changes includes a relocation of the veterinary clinic from a parking lot to a permanent building.

  • Graduation time

    Thousands of South Jeffco high school seniors will bid farewell to their academic institutions in the coming weeks, receiving diplomas and sending graduation caps high into the air.

    The five area high schools will host graduation ceremonies as follows:

      Chatfield High School May 21 at 9 a.m. Red Rocks Amphitheater

    Gates open at 7 a.m., and a shuttle providing handicap transportation from the parking lots begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking information is available at www.redrocksonline.com

  • Schools put 136 jobs on chopping block

    Jeffco Public Schools would cut 136 employee positions under a proposed budget rolled out May 13 that cuts $14 million over the previous year’s spending.

    Increased class sizes, higher athletic fees, fewer transportation routes and reduced choices for electives would result from the budget, which was designed in the face of massive cuts in state funding.

  • A ‘sweet’ goodbye

    Familiar tones of “Pomp and Circumstance” echoed at South Jeffco graduations last week, when at least 670 high school seniors earned the right to turn tassels. Commencements took place for Chatfield High, D’Evelyn High and Front Range Christian School.

    Despite the standard processional fare, ceremonies ranged from traditional stripes of speech-and-music intervals to one at a church, where family members placed their hands on graduates and prayed for them.

  • A look at Jeffco-backed legislation in the 2010 session

    The Colorado General Assembly ended the 2010 legislative session last week, concluding months of active lobbying by Jefferson County on a handful of bills. The county, which has a $48,000 annual contract with the Lombard & Clayton lobbying firm, promoted several pieces of legislation of specific interest to Jeffco:

    • Senate Bill 97, county home rule charter commissions —

  • New grocery store bringing jobs to South Jeffco

    About 100 new jobs will be coming to the South Jeffco area, as a brand new chain of supermarkets prepares to open this summer. SmartCo Foods, a planned group of five big-box grocery-and-farmers market hybrids, will host a jobs fair May 20 and 21 in Denver.

    “We’re looking to hire people for all five of the stores,” said company spokesman Randall Oliver. “We are hoping that we can get all those slots filled before the stores open.”