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Local News

  • Commissioners approve 25 percent hike in development fees

    A plan to increase Jeffco’s development fees is moving forward after a June 9 hearing that highlighted county leaders' different philosophies on who should be paying development-related costs.

  • School officials say new dropout prevention plan is working

    Because of personal issues, Wanda Boyke's daughter had to leave school for a few months during her junior year.

    Boyke, who lives in the Deer Creek area, said her 16-year-old daughter missed so much of the 2008-09 school year that it was nearly impossible for her to be re-admitted at any local high school. Officials at several schools told her they feared her daughter would just be too far behind.

  • State Patrol seeking help in reconstructing June 5 crash

    The Colorado State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in determining what led to a serious crash the night of June 5 at South Kipling Street and West Meadows Drive.

    The preliminary investigation shows that David Runyon, 60, was driving south on South Kipling Street about 8 p.m. His green Ford Mustang apparently hit the passenger side of a Toyota minivan that was turning left from northbound South Kipling Street onto West Meadows Drive, according to Trooper David Hall of the State Patrol.

  • Branching out: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield getting infusion of plant life from downtown facility

    Residents near the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield might have noticed some new growth at the site in recent weeks.

    And that hasn’t been limited to spring’s usual bounty of fresh green leaves. The additions also include two new greenhouses that soon will house thousands of wild plants from all over the world.

  • Foothills Foundation cancels Red White & You festival

    The Foothills Foundation board of directors has canceled this year’s Red, White & You celebration at Clement Park, citing a lack of sponsors and funds.

  • School district makes cuts to balance 2009-10 budget

    Under the budget approved for 2009-10, Jeffco Public Schools will be losing 50 elementary teachers, 12 bus drivers, 9.5 middle school teachers and 13 custodians.

    In addition, the stars will go dark at the planetarium, and there will be a reduction in startup costs for Warren Tech North. However, no schools are targeted for closing.

  • Jeffco commissioner wants tobacco-free county facilities

    If Faye Griffin had her way, there would be no tobacco use at the county's main administrative building and courthouse in Golden, and possibly in other county facilities.

    "This is for the health of our employees," said Griffin, a first-term county commissioner who said a tobacco-free government campus is a goal she'll pursue. "It's not to be mean. It's just because we care about the employees."

    Griffin is in the very early stages of trying to convert the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden to a tobacco-free area.

  • Online high school will lose money in first year, Stevenson says

    Jeffco Public Schools' new online high school will lose money its first year but should be self-supporting soon after, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson recently told a group of representatives from homeowner associations.

    Stevenson also gave an update on the district's budget and teacher contract negotiations at the June 3 meeting of the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment.

  • County chipping away at food-stamp backlog

    Nearly four months after Jefferson County's food assistance program led the state in backlogged applications, the county has reduced the log jam substantially.

    Some 96 applications are now lagging beyond the federally mandated 30-day limit for processing, down from 316 at the beginning of March. Lynnae Flora, the community assistance division's acting director, said the actual number is 56, because 40 of the applications are overdue because applicants haven't submitted all the necessary paperwork.

  • Man gets 55 years in kidnapping, robbery

    The man convicted of a brazen June 2008 South Jeffco home invasion and robbery was sentenced to 55 years in prison June 5.

    Garry W. Martin, 43, was named in seven felony cases in the wake of a six-month crime spree in 2008. Three of the cases are in Jeffco, two are in Denver, and there is one each in Arapahoe and Grand counties.

    Martin was convicted of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, extortion, identity theft, theft, assault and four violent crime counts related to a series of crimes on June 30, 2008, that started at Southwest Plaza.