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  • Plains district not bound by ’85 pact, judge rules

    The Plains Metropolitan District is not obligated to build any tennis courts, swimming pools or a soccer field under the terms of the special district service plan conceived in 1985, a Jefferson County district judge ruled Jan. 14 in an exhaustive 16-page decision.

    The ruling represents an enormous setback, if not the final blow, in Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District’s quest to force a neighboring district to pay for the promised $3.5 million in recreational amenities. A decision on an appeal is pending.

  • School board eyes $12 million in cuts in 2009-10

    Jefferson County Public Schools will probably have to do without the district’s planetarium beginning next school year.

    Thanks to the failure of the $350 million bond issue and the $35-million-a-year tax increase, the 40-year-old planetarium will be closed indefinitely as part of a long list of budget cuts contemplated by the school board and school administration for next year and beyond.

    The biggest impact will come in staff reductions, which are expected to reach a total of nearly 300 over the next three years.

  • Police seek pair in daytime apartment burglary

    Two men involved in a daytime burglary at an apartment complex near South Kipling Street and West Hampden Avenue on Jan. 22 remain at large.

    According to a release by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:10 p.m. two female residents of the complex — one 27 years old and the other 67— were returning from lunch, and one of the victims saw a man carrying her Denver Broncos jacket.

    She confronted him, and he ran to a 1990s maroon Ford Explorer and sped away, according to the release.

  • South Jeffco bank robber sentenced to 19 years in prison

    Tobias Archuleta, the man who robbed a South Jeffco bank at gunpoint on July 23, 2008, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Jan. 15.

    He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $83,000.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Kopp, Gerou roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Kerr, Kopp propose legislation on Littleton sewer rates

    Jeffco lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force the city of Littleton to set sewer treatment rates paid by tens of thousands of South Jeffco homeowners based on actual usage costs.

    Littleton says its rates are fair and necessary, but a group of water and sanitation districts that rely on the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant for sewer service say they don't have a voice in how rates are set.

  • Jeffco sheriff looking for potential kidnapper

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in tracking down a man who tried to force a South Jeffco woman into his truck Jan. 3 after possibly sexually assaulting her.

  • Retirement match for deputies restored to 10%

    The Jeffco commissioners have approved funding to restore the county's retirement match for sheriff's deputies to 10 percent, but the rest of the county's employees will have to make do with a smaller match.

    Citing an exodus of trained deputies leaving the sheriff's office since the county's retirement match was cut, the commissioners have appropriated $350,000 to restore the 10 percent retirement match, but only for deputies.