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  • Hopp, Foothills taking heat for data breach

    Foothills Park and Recreation District is taking its lumps in the South Jeffco community after the data theft of more than 12,200 credit card numbers and addresses.

    The theft occurred in the last week of September, and the district announced the security breach Oct. 1. It e-mailed notifications to more than 10,800 of the customers whose information was stolen and sent letters to the rest. But for some, the letter wasn't enough.

  • McCasky, Mink eye federal program to make deputies part of immigrations enforcement

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky and Sheriff Ted Mink are eyeing a federal program that would train sheriff’s deputies at the jail to identify illegal immigrants and begin paperwork to put them before an immigration judge.

    Currently deputies have to call federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents if they suspect someone in the jail is in the country illegally. ICE officials are strapped for resources and can't always pickup the suspected illegal immigrant, so they sometimes bond out of jail and aren't seen again.

  • County unveils one-stop shopping for juvenile services

    Jeffco juveniles and their families in the midst of dealing with legal and mental-health issues will no longer have to travel all over the county to get help.

  • Pro-school group calls statements in voter guide sabotage

    Citizens for Jeffco Schools on Monday called for an apology and termed satirical comments published in the Jefferson County Tabor Notice last week as “inaccurate, misleading and offensive” and a “direct attempt to sabotage passage of 3A/3B.”

  • Foothills Foundation will take over July 4th event from district

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District will no longer put on the annual Red, White and You Fourth of July celebration, citing increasing budget pressures amid a sluggish economy.

  • Commissioner, ex-county attorney named as defendants in federal wiretapping case

    A judge has approved the addition of County Commissioner Jim Congrove and former assistant county attorney Duncan Bradley as defendants in a federal lawsuit involving alleged wiretapping and character defamation.

  • A new home for Jeffco's homeless pets

    When it comes to replacing Jeffco’s aging and crowded animal shelter, County Commissioner Kevin McCasky has set an ambitious goal: Groundbreaking for the new $9 million facility will take place by Nov. 1.

    "How's that for an optimistic schedule?" McCasky asked the assembled crowd Oct. 1 at the northwest corner of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the 30,000-square-foot shelter will be built. The Table Mountain Animal Center — the name of the current shelter and of the new one — serves Jefferson County and its municipalities.

  • Hacker steals personal data of 12,230 Foothills customers

    The credit card numbers and other personal information of nearly 12,230 people were stolen in a recent breach of the Foothills Park & Recreation District website.

    The district announced the breach Oct. 1, saying it is working with the Jeffco Sheriff's Office to investigate the theft.

  • 2008 Emily's Parade a wunderbar event

    A German film crew joined more than 2,000 motorcycle riders on Saturday for the third annual Emily’s Parade from Columbine High School to Bailey.

    ZDF Television travels annually from Germany to America to cover human-interest stories. During their travels throughout the U.S., the crew had planned a stop at Columbine High this week to explore ways school officials and family members have continued the healing process through outreach programs.

  • A look inside government: Jeffco planning video of meetings, interactive Web page

    Jefferson County residents and any other interested parties will soon have easier access to the workings of Jeffco government, as county leaders are working on two projects to increase transparency.

    One effort, headed up by public information director Kathryn Heider, will allow people to watch county government meetings online, as well as have easy access to agendas and minutes. People will be able to watch the whole session or clips of video featuring a particular agenda item. Heider is hoping to have the project up and running by the end of the year.