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  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Superintendent finalist faces tough questions in first appearance

    Jeffco superintendent finalist Daniel McMinimee was greeted by a skeptical crowd with difficult questions at an informal meeting Thursday night.

    Nearly 75 Jeffco community members packed the Wheat Ridge High School library to hear about McMinimee’s plans for leading their school district.

    McMinimee, the assistant superintendent for secondary education in Douglas County, was swarmed by audience members after he invited them to approach and ask questions.

  • Another new home eyed for community corrections

    Jeffco has identified another piece of property that could serve as a new home for the county’s community corrections facility, though nearby residents are uneasy. 

    The land, at 15650 W. Sixth Ave., is in unincorporated Jeffco next to Foothills Animal Shelter and the Jeffco Fairgrounds. It’s currently zoned for industrial use, which is why the county didn’t consider it at first, said County Administrator Ralph Schell. 

  • Dog rescued by firefighters at accident scene recovering

    A dog rescued by West Metro firefighters at the scene of a one-car accident is recovering at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The poodle-mix, thought to be about 4 years old, was found on U.S. 285 east of South Wadsworth Boulevard after an accident about midnight on May 5. A car had driven through a fence and come to rest near the frontage road, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

    The driver fled on foot, but French said witnesses told firefighters about the injured dog in the road. 

  • 15 deputy spots converting to civilian positions

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Detention Services Division is converting 15 deputy positions assigned to the county jail into 15 civilian detention specialists.

    “These are not new positions. We are short-staffed and having to pay overtime to deputies to fill vacant positions,” said Division Chief Patricia Mundell. 

  • Sidewalk sales get city’s blessing

    Merchants in historic downtown Littleton now will be able to display their wares on sidewalks with the city’s blessing — three days each month. 

    The City Council approved the formal change May 6, even though the city rarely enforced previous restrictions and allowed the displays unless someone complained.

  • Board balks, imperiling pact with teachers

    An apparent agreement between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union is now less than certain after school board members quickly requested changes in the pact.

    Bargaining teams for the school district and the Jeffco Education Association reached a tentative agreement last Thursday night on raises for teachers and other items in the contract. But the district stipulated later that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

    The original agreement reached Thursday included:

  • One finalist named in Jeffco superintendent search

    The Jeffco school board announced Saturday that Daniel McMinimee is the lone finalist for Jeffco’s superintendent position.

    McMinimee is the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. 

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of making McMinimee its only finalist, with board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk voting yes. Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted no. 

  • Jeffco schools, teachers union reach tentative agreement

    The bargaining teams for Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on teacher compensation and other items in the teachers' contract.

    The agreement, which was reached Thursday night, includes:

    * An average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective” in their evaluations,

    * An increase in starting pay for new teachers,

    * No increase in employee health-care premiums for the next school year,

  • Body of woman found on Lookout Mountain identified

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman found murdered on May 8 near the parking lot of the Windy Saddle Trailhead on Lookout Mountain as Sandra Mercado, 38, of Aurora.
    Mercado was stabbed to death, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
    A visiting out-of-state hiker found the body. The hiker was questioned and is not considered a person of interest in the case, Kelley said.