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  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Commissioners weighing distribution of additional raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have started to determine the best way to disburse the $1.5 million they set aside to reduce employee attrition.

    In the county’s 2015 budget, the commissioners included a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees. But because employee attrition has remained a problem, the board approved an additional $1.5 million for raises, which would amount to a 1 percent increase.

  • Bank makes CASE for seniors with contribution

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office has recognized Colorado Federal Savings Bank for making a $15,000 donation to the DA’s Communities Against Senior Exploitation program.

    The donation, made last year, was finally honored last week in a ceremony. The money from the online bank headquartered in Greenwood Village will go to CASE’s work in prevention and education on senior abuse and exploitation.

  • County gives approval to 2015 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that they hope will prevent county employees from seeking greener pastures.

    The budget includes a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees and an additional $1.5 million for the commissioners to disburse to departments experiencing high attrition rates. The commissioners will decide how to distribute the additional funds, equal to about a 1 percent pay increase, next year.

  • Ski-hill proposal could face uphill battle

    A proposal to rezone 53 acres in Morrison to allow creation of hiking trails and potentially a ski slope has elicited questions about water supply from Jeffco officials — and the ire of local residents.

  • Jail inmate who suffered stroke awarded millions

    A former Jeffco jail inmate who was left untreated for 16 hours after suffering a stroke in 2012 has been awarded $11 million by a federal jury.

  • School district must work out details of pay plan, HR chief says

     The details of Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved performance-based pay structure for teachers need to be hammered out, and soon, district human resources director Amy Weber told board members last Thursday. 

    The board needs to address issues such as how to pay teachers with advanced degrees, an equitable method of hiring new teachers, and how to pay for additional workdays for staff members like teacher librarians, Weber said.

  • Chase ends south of Golden with arrests

    A chase Wednesday afternoon involving the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office ended when the suspects' vehicle was forced off Rooney Road south of Golden.

    The vehicle, a black Jeep, matched the description of a vehicle involved in a triple homicide earlier Wednesday in Adams County. Two people, a male driver and his female passenger, were arrested.

  • Gift drive under way for CASA kids

    Local kids whose families are struggling with poverty and mental-health and substance-abuse issues still can receive a holiday gift that warms their hearts — with your help.

    Jeffco Human Services and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties are collecting gifts for the Sponsor-A-Family Holiday Giving Program from now until Monday.

  • City, county at odds over farmland in urban renewal plan

    Arapahoe County notified Littleton last week that it is formally objecting to the inclusion of agricultural lands in the city’s urban renewal plan for the South Santa Fe corridor.

    The parcels, referred to as the Ensor properties, are at the southwest corner of West Mineral Avenue and South Santa Fe Drive. While the land was zoned by the city in the early 1980s for planned development, it still is classified by the Arapahoe County assessor as dry farmland.