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  • Poor economy puts pressure on Foothills Animal Shelter

    If foreclosures and high unemployment weren’t ample evidence of a recession, the animals coming into Foothills Animal Shelter might be.

    Facing hard times, many pet parents are having trouble footing vet bills and keeping food bowls full. Consequently the shelter, which celebrated its first year of operation this month, is seeing more paws coming through the front door, and animals are overall in worse health than they were only a year ago.

  • County set to purchase property for public health campus

    The Jeffco commissioners were poised Aug. 23 to approve the $2.3 million purchase of a Lakewood property onto which two of the county’s public health campuses would be relocated.

    The building, at 645 and 655 Parfet St., would also require more than $2 million in remodeling, a cost the commissioners were also slated to approve. Including a 30 percent contingency fee, the total cost of the move would total more than $5 million.

  • County commissioners balk at closing library branches

    The Jefferson County Public Library presented its exhaustive zero-base budget last week to the county commissioners, making a case for funding that would help prevent branch closures but could deplete the system’s reserves in several years.

  • DUI sign goes AWOL in South Jeffco

    A thief made off with an unlikely prize this week in South Jeffco — a massive DUI warning sign the Colorado Department of Transportation had placed on a trailer.
    The rolling billboard was likely stolen between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 8:15 a.m. the following morning, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said. The trailer and sign were placed near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and South Garrison Street.

  • Mobile DUI billboard reported stolen in South Jeffco

    A thief reportedly made off with an unlikely prize this week in South Jeffco – a massive DUI warning sign the Colorado Department of Transportation had placed on a trailer.

    The rolling billboard was likely stolen between 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 8:15 a.m. the following morning, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release. The trailer and sign were placed near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and South Garrison Street.

  • Jeffco library board votes to block porn on computers

    Pornography will soon be blocked on all computers at Jeffco libraries, the board of trustees decided Aug. 18, following weeks of outcry over the availability of such content on public computers.
    Though the filtering system will eventually be designed to block only images deemed pornographic on adult-accessed computers, websites could be filtered in their entirety on all library computers in the more immediate future.

  • Deputy under investigation in attempted traffic stop by civilian

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a jail deputy who reportedly was riding July 31 with a civilian friend who allegedly attempted to make a traffic stop at Wadsworth and Bowles.

    The deputy, whom the office has not named, is currently on duty pending the outcome of the investigation. The driver of the car has also not been named but could face charges related to the incident, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

  • 3 arrested in slaying of man whose body was found on Lookout Mountain

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found last week on Lookout Mountain.

    Sheriff’s investigators on Tuesday arrested Tina Moya, 39, Raul Nunez-Soto, 46, and a female juvenile, 17, in the fatal stabbing of Denver resident Richard Limon, 69.

    The two adult suspects were being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder at the Jefferson County jail. The juvenile, who is facing the same charge, was being held at the Mount View Youth Services Center.

  • DA’s Safety Fair slated Aug. 27

    Free children’s attractions including a bicycle rodeo and bounce castle will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the third annual Jefferson County District Attorney’s Safety Fair at the county fairgrounds.

    Also on tap are important adult attractions, including free credit reports, document shredding, small-electronics recycling and 911-only cell phones for seniors.

    Following the event’s theme, attractions and booths emphasize safety, particularly related to Internet use, fraud prevention, driving, health and recreational activities.

  • Planning commission approves changes to South Jeffco blueprint

    The county planning commission unanimously approved a revision to the South Jefferson County Community Plan on Aug. 10, altering the existing plan to encourage more mixed commercial and residential development.

    The most significant difference in the new plan is the addition of “neighborhood centers,” mixed-use parcels that could one day be home to small developments similar to Belmar. If redeveloped, the areas would function as small communities in which residents would live, shop and potentially work in the same general locales.