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  • Evergreen homeowner who shot bear cubs faces two felony charges

    The Evergreen homeowner who fatally shot two bear cubs early Tuesday as they were trying to get into his trash is facing two felony charges, according to a news release from the Jeffco district attorney's office.

    One of the cubs died instantly, and the other had to be put down. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor's house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.

  • Active bears force closure of Waterton Canyon

    Waterton Canyon was closed to public activity after a bear chased a bicyclist in the canyon on Aug. 28. 

    Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the canyon would be closed until further notice due to an overall increase in bear activity in the area. No one was injured in the incident on Aug. 28.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Playing it safe

    Jeffco residents flocked to the county fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the Jefferson County district attorney’s Safety Fair.

    The fair, in its seventh year, combined family-friendly activities with a plethora of resources and information on how to stay safe online and at home. Topics ranged from how to avoid being a victim of fraud to the do’s and don’ts of bicycle safety. Attendees also were able to shred personal documents and dispose of prescription medications.

  • Proposed Community Corrections move angers site’s neighbors

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a decision on purchasing a new site to house the Community Corrections program after a contentious four-hour meeting Aug. 18 at which neighbors of the property loudly objected to the plan.

    Neighbors of the proposed new location near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood accused the county of dishonesty and said their concerns were being ignored. Dozens of residents said locating the facility in their neighborhood would put their families at risk and lead to an increase in crime.

  • Teachers voting on contract this week

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union were expected to finish voting on the newly reworked contract with Jeffco Public Schools on Wednesday.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and planned to have a final result by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to JCEA spokesman Scott Kwasny. (Visit HighTimberTimes.com for the results.)

    If JCEA members ratify the agreement with a simple majority, the school board then will vote on it Thursday.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

    Officers from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security all were part of the raid, the release said. The team collected more than 3,900 plants and more than 3,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, pesticides, flammable liquids, camping gear and trash.

  • Littleton council considering smoking ban downtown

    The Littleton City Council is considering a ban on smoking on all public sidewalks and streets in the city’s historic downtown.

    The council will consider a motion Sept. 1 to ban smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and a block south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. The ban would not apply to alleys or privately owned parking lots, which could be used as smoking areas for businesses downtown.

  • 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.