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  • School district seeks funds for building upgrades, educational needs

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will be asked to decide this fall whether to allow the school district to issue $323 million to $350 million in debt and assess taxpayers between $32 million and $36 million a year.

    The district is proposing a two-part program — the bond issue and a “mill levy override.” The mill levy override is an increase in the mill levy, above and beyond what taxpayers have previously approved.

    The mill levy override would cost a homeowner about $3.35 a month for each $100,000 of assessed valuation.

  • County Briefs: Residents without DTV signal should contact stations

    Jefferson County residents who suddenly stopped receiving free, over-the-air digital television signals when a new antenna was installed on Lookout Mountain on May 12 should contact the local broadcast stations.

  • Columbine grad drowns after saving friend

    A Columbine High School graduate died May 31 after he jumped into a pool of water to save a friend.

    Stephen F. Burns II, 19, was camping with friends near the Little Dolores River near Grand Junction, according to Heather Benjamin, spokesperson for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

  • Windshield goes to watery grave

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco woman was the victim of a drive-by water balloon attack last week that left her spirit rattled and her windshield cracked. She told deputies that she was driving east on Quincy Avenue at about Carr Street when an unknown object hit her windshield. She saw a gray car heading the other direction and tried to follow it but soon lost it in the neighborhood. She pulled her car over and asked a woman to call 911. As she was waiting for deputies, the suspect's car drove by again, and the woman's husband gave chase.

  • Foothills faces grim financial picture: Rising costs, flat revenues expected through 2020

    Between now and 2020, the Foothills Park & Recreation District will face flat revenues as costs continue to rise — in some cases by roughly 25 percent annually.

  • Scouts give retired flags a dignified sendoff

    Like many things in life, an American flag will eventually reach the point where it needs to be retired. But with the flag’s powerful sentimental and symbolic value, the stars and stripes cannot simply be thrown away.

    An American flag that will wave no more must be burned.

    The national Flag Code says a flag, when it is in such a condition that it is not fitting for display, should "be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

  • Jeffco wins legal battle against Zinna; suit against Congrove remains

    A lawsuit alleging Jefferson County and District 1 Commissioner Jim Congrove conspired to deprive longtime county critic Mike Zinna of his constitutional rights was dismissed May 23.

    The suit was one of two against Jeffco filed by Zinna since 2005. The other is a 2006 case against Congrove and a group of his associated whom Zinna accuses of illegally obtaining his e-mails and creating a website to attack and defame him.

  • Boy Scout erects flags to honor fallen law officers

    As American flags have started to appear in clusters around the sheriff's complex in Golden, county employees and visitors have started to call Sheriff Ted Mink and ask why.

    "When they first went up, I got calls from people asking about it," Mink said. "People were very receptive. They said, 'That's a great idea.’ "

  • A lifelong ascent: Rob Witwer ends his time as a legislator, but his drive to scale challenges remains

    When Rob Witwer looks at a mountain, he doesn't see an obstacle — he sees an opportunity.

    "No matter how big of a challenge you have, it starts with a single step," said Witwer, an avid climber and hiker. "If you look at a mountain, it seems so large and so insurmountable — you can't conceive of how you're going to get to the top. It's the same thing with a public policy challenge."

  • Jeffco team coordinating recovery efforts in Windsor

    Jefferson County’s Incident Management Team took control of the recovery efforts in Windsor in the wake of the devastating tornadoes of May 22.

    A statement was released announcing the team's control of the recovery efforts in the affected neighborhoods of Windsor and in the surrounding areas.

    At least one person died and more than 100 were treated for injuries when a series of twisters tore through northern Colorado.