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  • Library will ask voters for 1-mill property-tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library will ask voters to approve a 1-mill property-tax increase in the Nov. 3 election.

    The ballot language, approved Aug. 18 by the county commissioners on their consent agenda, would increase the library’s effective tax rate to 4.425 mills. That would represent an increase of $28.88 annually on the tax bill of a $300,000 home. The library’s total annual tax for that home would then be $107.46.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire hires first paid chief

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board has hired longtime district volunteer Maurice “Skip” Shirlaw as the department’s first-ever paid fire chief.

  • County approves development at Wadsworth, Coal Mine

    County approval for a development on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue has cleared the way for the 4.65-acre parcel to be sold and turned into a three-lot commercial center.

    The parcel was one of several that the Foothills Park and Recreation District put up for sale in 2011. The development plan, approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 1, clears the way for the land to be sold for $815,000 to Cornerstone Capital Investment.

  • Program seeks to help struggling families pay for child care

    Families working their way out of poverty face a disressing catch-22 known as the “cliff effect” — a small increase in income can lead to a loss of benefits, more than countering the additional money they’re earning.

    Jeffco’s Human Services Department is part of a state pilot program designed to address that situation by continuing to provide child-care assistance even when a family’s income exceeds an arbitrary threshold.

  • Commissioners apparently violate Open Meetings Law

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners appeared to violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when they continued to discuss a measure involving changes to county regulations while the board was in recess.

    The apparent violation occurred Sept. 29 during a public hearing on proposed changes to county regulations governing such things as roadway design, land development and storm drainage. The board went into a short recess after Commissioner Don Rosier asked if the hearing could be postponed to a later date to give the board more time to analyze changes to the proposal.

  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Southwest Plaza searched after bomb threat

    A search of Southwest Plaza spurred by a telephone bomb threat Monday evening turned up nothing suspicious, and the mall’s doors were reopened to customers.

    Patrons were barred from entering the mall while the search took place, though customers inside weren’t evacuated.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter account at 8:14 p.m. that nothing was found during the search.

  • Suspect in attempted murder is apprehended

    A suspect in an attempted homicide has been taken into custody, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing, the Sheriff's Office announced via its Twitter account at 11:57 p.m. Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had searched for Zuchowski since Thursday night after an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Wednesday and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”