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  • Pot dispensary will open on Jeffco’s border

    A new marijuana dispensary is set to open in a portion of Denver that is surrounded by unincorporated Jefferson County, where pot sales are prohibited.

    Native Roots, which will offer medical and recreational sales, is scheduled to open by late August in a shopping center at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Quincy Avenue. While much of the surrounding area is in Jeffco, the shopping center was annexed into Denver in the early 1970s.

  • Sewer line repairs begin in Columbine Valley

    Repair work has begun on a large sewer line in the Columbine Valley area that serves 14,000 people in the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, Grant Water and Sanitation District and Columbine Water and Sanitation District.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for senior housing facility

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a request to rezone 8.5 acres near the northwest corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Simms Street for the Westgold Meadows project, a 130-unit senior housing development.

    The parcel, west of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Simms, had been zoned for a planned development that allowed commercial uses only. The new planned development, approved unanimously by the commissioners on Aug. 4, will allow the retirement community, which will have on-site medical staff as well as a beauty salon and fitness center.

  • Commissioners OK change in dog-licensing fee

    Jeffco’s county commissioners voted 2-1 to approve a change in the cost to license dogs in the county, creating a flat $20 fee for both altered and unaltered canines.

    The flat fee represents an increase of $5 for dogs that are spayed or neutered, and a $10 decrease for unaltered canines. The program is administered by Foothills Animal Shelter, which asked for the increase to shore up its finances.

  • Neville eyeing bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is "doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know" to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.

    Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

  • County departments make budget requests to Jeffco commissioners

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are in the midst of discussions on the county’s 2016 budget.

    Each county department presented its case to the three commissioners on how it should be funded next year and why, in some cases, the departments should be funded at a higher level. The commissioners will vote in December on a final version of the 2016 spending plan.

  • Raises reduce attrition among Jefferson County employees

    Jefferson County has seen a significant improvement in employee retention in its Human Services Department and in the Sheriff’s Office, after additional pay raises were approved for both agencies this year.

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its attrition rate for deputies decrease from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent so far in 2015, closer to the target rate of 5 to 6 percent. The attrition rate in Human Services dropped from 23.6 percent last year to 11.5 percent so far this year, on target to the public-sector market average of 12 to 14 percent.

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • Evergreen homeowner shoots two bear cubs

    An Evergreen homeowner shot two bear cubs early Tuesday in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive as they were trying to get into his trash. One cub died instantly; the other had to be put down.

    The live round also hit a window of a neighbor’s house across the street. No one was injured.