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  • Grant will help library expand computer training

    The Jeffco Public Library will expand its efforts to help residents master rapidly advancing computer technology, thanks to a $17,353 federal grant.

    The library plans to use the funds to create “Digital U,” an improved set of technology training courses that will travel throughout the county.

  • Environmentalists question Jeffco’s changes to oil and gas rules

    Environmental activists are upset about changes made in September to the county’s oil and gas rules.

    The Sierra Club sent more than 400 form letters to Jeffco Open Space officials in recent weeks regarding the changes to the regulations. Open Space and Parks Director Tom Hoby discussed the letters with members of the Open Space Advisory Committee at a meeting last Thursday.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • Escaped prisoner suspected in county crime spree

    An inmate who escaped from the Jeffco jail in Golden last Sunday night is suspected of stealing several cars and credit cards across the county.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, broke out of the jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 5, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sandlin fled after breaking fencing in the outdoor recreation area. He is the first person to escape from the current county jail.

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • School district approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote on Oct. 2, the Jeffco school board approved an amended version of a plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.
    The two existing committees will report directly to the board. Before last Thursday night’s decision, the existing curriculum review committees had reported only to district administration.

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.

  • Susan Klebold signs book deal

    Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine High School gunman Dylan Klebold, is set to write a book dealing with her family’s struggle to come to terms with the horrific events of April 20, 1999. 

    The Crown Publishing Group, a branch of Penguin Random House, announced the deal Sept. 23. 

  • Two South Jeffco flood-control projects are funded

    Two projects involving flood control and stormwater detention in South Jeffco will get underway a year ahead of schedule with funds from a postponed project. 

    The county’s Development and Transportation Department will shift funds to make improvements at Beer Sisters Lake Reservoir north of Bowles Avenue and east of Simms Street, and in the Massey Draw on the Deer Creek Golf Course. The funding came from a project at Mount Olivet Reservoir that’s been delayed by an easement issue. 

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.”