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  • Voters to decide on term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters will decide in November whether the county's elected officials - excluding the county commissioners - will be allowed to serve three consecutive terms, up from the current maximum of two.

    The decision by the county commissioners June 2 to refer the question to the November ballot marks an abrupt change from just several weeks ago, when District Attorney Scott Storey couldn't even get on the commissioners' agenda to propose a resolution extending his and other offices' term limits.

  • Dakota Ridge poms coach fired amid theft allegations

    The coach of the Dakota Ridge High School poms team was fired June 1, just days after the Jeffco sheriff's office charged her with stealing team money.

    Jessica C. Rosecrans was charged with theft May 29. She is suspected of spending about $500 of team money on personal items, including shoes, sunglasses and clothing.

  • Off-leash dog park lands $125,000 grant

    Advocates for creating a dog park in South Jeffco have been thrown a bodacious bone by the county commissioners.

    The commissioners have approved the use of $125,000 in Conservation Trust Fund monies to develop an off-leash area at Easton Regional Park, which belongs to the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • Citizen budgeters finalize recommendations

    Jeffco's Citizen Budget Review Panel is recommending that the county finance several major construction projects over the next 20 years and establish a fund to handle annual maintenance and replacement costs — all without raising taxes.

  • Burglars hit five South Jeffco homes over three nights

    Several South Jeffco homes have been hit by overnight burglaries recently, in some cases while the families were at home.

    Five burglaries were reported in the Columbine Knolls South and Foothill Green neighborhoods between May 26 and 28, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In three of those cases, the families were home at the time and were sleeping. The suspects never confronted the families.

  • County program would let more defendants make bail

    A new pretrial assessment program could make it possible for Jeffco judges to grant more defendants bail and dramatically reduce the population at the jail.

    The program would restructure the way judges make decisions on granting bail, which could reduce the jail population by up to 300 inmates per day, Tom Giacinti, the county's justice services director, told the county commissioners May 26.

  • Hot cards, cold cases: 21 unsolved Jeffco crimes featured on playing cards used by state inmates

    Valentine’s Day 2000 will forever be burned into the memories of two South Jeffco families.

    On that day, 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman and 16-year-old Stephanie Hart were found murdered at a Subway sandwich shop on West Coal Mine Avenue near Columbine High School. More than nine years later, the case remains unsolved.

  • $5.2 million from general fund gets animal shelter on track for groundbreaking

    The ever-evolving plans to move and expand the Table Mountain Animal Center took a new turn when county leaders recently approved spending $5.2 million from the general fund.

    The county will then issue $5.2 million in “certificates of participation” to repay the general fund. Certificates of participation are a form of lease-purchase financing that does not require voter approval; the county plans to fund the debt payments with revenue from dog licenses.

  • Slash-collection schedule

    All weekend dates are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • June 6-7 — Highway 72 and Camp Eden Road

    • June 13-14 —eeConifer High School and Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive

    • June 27-28 — Evergreen High School

    • July 18-19 —eeConifer High School and North Fork Fire Department Station 1, 19384 Highway 126 in Buffalo Creek

    • Aug. 15-16 — Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive,eeand Foothills Fire Department, U.S. 40 and Lookout Mountain Road.

  • LARASA helping Latinos apply for food stamps in Jeffco

    A Denver-based Latino advocacy organization is helping Latino residents apply for food stamps in Jefferson County, and the county says the project has been a huge help.

    The Latin American Research and Service Agency recently was awarded a federal grant to help low-income Latino households apply for food stamps in Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver counties.

    The nonprofit group initially planned to use the money to encourage more Latinos to apply for benefits but after meeting with county officials, it became clear the mission had to change.