Local News

  • Schell named permanent county administrator

    Former Jeffco Open Space director Ralph Schell was appointed Tuesday as the new county administrator in a permanent, full-time capacity.

    Schell was earlier appointed acting county administrator Dec. 10, the day after Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman unanimously voted to terminate former administrator Jim Moore’s contract.

  • Foothills switches to district representation on board

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has divided the district into separate “director districts” or wards, a move designed to ensure equal representation for all areas.

    Five wards have been created, and one board members will be elected from each. The district hopes establishing wards will give residents more opportunity to provide input and prevent special interests from any one geographic area from holding a majority of representation.

  • Jeffco Action Center receives bogus $40,000 donation

      The Jeffco Action Center received a cruel holiday gift Dec. 16 when a bogus $40,000 check was delivered via a UPS overnight letter.

    When the check arrived, Mag Strittmatter, the center’s executive director, looked at the check and immediately realized something was amiss. Several things appeared fake, including the wording for $40,000 was misspelled, it was a larger-than-normal check, and a signature was Xeroxed.

  • Moore fired as county administrator


    County Administrator Jim Moore was fired last week on a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman, Kevin McCasky and Faye Griffin voted to terminate Moore's employment with the county effective immediately. It was not revealed what, if any, severance package he would receive.

    Neither the board nor County Attorney Ellen Wakeman answered questions about the terms of Moore’s firing.

  • Jeffco stands to receive $300,000 to combat meth

    Jefferson County is likely to see $300,000 in new funding to combat methamphetamine abuse and trafficking.

    An omnibus appropriations bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet directs the money to law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Department of Human Services. The bill was approved last week by the Senate, where the funding provision was added, and is now awaiting President Obama’s signature.

  • Jeffco’s 2010 budget approved

    The final version of Jefferson County’s $506 million budget for 2010 was approved on Tuesday by the county commissioners.

    The budget will reduce library funding by 0.2 mills and increase social services funding by the corresponding amount — essentially shifting $1.4 million from the libraries to social services.

  • 7 Dakota Ridge students involved in two-vehicle accident

    Two people were seriously injured Dec.16 in a high-speed crash involving seven Dakota Ridge High School students.


    The two-car collision occurred about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Bowles Avenue and South Alkire Street.

    A red 2000 Ford Mustang carrying six Dakota Ridge students was traveling south on Alkire through the intersection when it struck a 1998 Ford Escort traveling the opposite direction and carrying another Dakota Ridge student and two passengers, said Trooper Ryan Sullivan, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Remembering Ali Meyer

    Ali Meyer lived for the sound of Jimi Hendrix’s wailing guitar.

    The A student at Normandy Elementary took to playing a six-string electric herself when she wasn’t busy playing basketball, soccer or her favorite sport, softball.

    She was a child of the ’60s who entered the world decades late and left it far too soon.

  • Ito named acting director of Jeffco Open Space Division

    Amy P. Ito, manager of planning and development for Jefferson County Open Space, has been appointed acting director of the Community Resources and Open Space Division.

    In addition to her present responsibilities, she will take over the role of Ralph Schell, who was appointed the new county administrator Dec. 15.

    Ito joined Jeffco government in June 2003 as planning administrator and moved to Open Space in December 2004. Before that, she was the community development director for the town of Frisco for nearly 11 years.

  • District panel recommends closure of Ken Caryl Middle School

      Up to eight Jeffco schools, including Ken Caryl Middle School, would be closed under final recommendations from a panel evaluating use of district buildings.

    The Facilities Usage Committee, which narrowed its list of more than 30 options to 12 after a series of public-input meetings, says the district could save more than $5.8 million per year under the plan.