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  • Library seeking more employee buyouts as district battles to slash $800,000

    Too few Jeffco library employees have accepted voluntary layoff packages for the system to meet an expected $800,000 in annual savings, leading the library to seek a second round of offers.

    The measure was implemented to help the library meet about $2.4 million in cuts next year, a portion of which is also being addressed through decreased hours of operation at the system’s largest branches.

  • Littleton council names Brinkman mayor

    The Littleton City Council voted 5-2 on Nov. 15 to approve Debbie Brinkman as the city’s mayor, a position that carries the administrative duty of leading council meetings.

    The council also voted 5-2 in favor of appointing member Bruce Stahlman as mayor pro tem. In both instances Councilman Phil Cernanec was nominated though ultimately not appointed.

    Brinkman, who represents District 4, has a background in marketing, though she now owns an organization and interior-design small business.

  • South Jeffco lands in Dem-leaning congressional district

    South Jeffco has been lumped in with Denver in a congressional redistricting map approved Nov. 10 by state Judge Robert Hyatt, placing a largely conservative area into a Democratic stronghold — at least for now.

    Much of the southern unincorporated portion of the county, formerly in Congressional District 6 and represented by Republican Mike Coffman, is currently in Democrat Diana Degette’s territory.

  • A bridge too useless?

    All three Jeffco commissioners conceded last week that, in hindsight, construction of the massive pedestrian bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard was a poor use of federal and local sales-tax money compared to other road projects throughout South Jeffco.

  • Columbine Library to reopen on Mondays in '12

    The Columbine Library will reopen on Mondays in 2012, though the branch will have reduced hours of operation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a schedule released Nov. 17 by the library shows.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Dahlkemper is new school board president

    Newly elected Jeffco school board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper took the oath of office Nov. 10, nine days after voters selected them over challengers Jim Powers and Preston Branaugh.

  • Eastwood gets 18 months on gun charge, but won't serve additional jail time

    Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood was sentenced Thursday morning to 18 months in jail for bringing a gun onto school grounds, time he will not serve after having already been in custody for 626 days.

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered that Eastwood be remanded to the custody of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where he will remain until psychiatrists deem him safe to return to the community, if ever.

  • Bar fight at local watering hole results in three arrests

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is planning to cite 10 people involved in a wild bar fight Nov. 6 at the Mirage Sports Bar that ended with five hospitalizations and three arrests.

    Though the three people arrested have since been released from custody, the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident to determine what charges should be filed against whom.

  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.