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  • Littleton council OKs $200,000 loan to city’s urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has approved a $200,000 loan to the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    The loan, $50,000 of which was made available immediately and has a payback date of 2019, was approved by the council Dec. 16 on a 5-2 vote. The loan includes a provision that each additional distribution must get council approval.

  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments.

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget.

  • 2014: Elections, annexations and school district turmoil

    Midterm elections, muddled annexations and school district gyrations marked 2014 for South Jeffco residents.

    The November election featured several hotly contested races, while a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by Bow Mar caused consternation for residents of South Jeffco and of the tiny town. Meanwhile, actions by the new school board majority sparked teacher sick-outs, student walkouts and national headlines.

  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Commissioners weighing distribution of additional raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have started to determine the best way to disburse the $1.5 million they set aside to reduce employee attrition.

    In the county’s 2015 budget, the commissioners included a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees. But because employee attrition has remained a problem, the board approved an additional $1.5 million for raises, which would amount to a 1 percent increase.

  • Bank makes CASE for seniors with contribution

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office has recognized Colorado Federal Savings Bank for making a $15,000 donation to the DA’s Communities Against Senior Exploitation program.

    The donation, made last year, was finally honored last week in a ceremony. The money from the online bank headquartered in Greenwood Village will go to CASE’s work in prevention and education on senior abuse and exploitation.

  • County gives approval to 2015 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that they hope will prevent county employees from seeking greener pastures.

    The budget includes a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees and an additional $1.5 million for the commissioners to disburse to departments experiencing high attrition rates. The commissioners will decide how to distribute the additional funds, equal to about a 1 percent pay increase, next year.

  • Ski-hill proposal could face uphill battle

    A proposal to rezone 53 acres in Morrison to allow creation of hiking trails and potentially a ski slope has elicited questions about water supply from Jeffco officials — and the ire of local residents.

  • Jail inmate who suffered stroke awarded millions

    A former Jeffco jail inmate who was left untreated for 16 hours after suffering a stroke in 2012 has been awarded $11 million by a federal jury.