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  • 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.

  • Jeffco’s marijuana task force holds first meeting

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force met for the first time April 28 to discuss whether or not the county should allow sales of recreational marijuana.

    The 14-member task force will meet every two weeks with the goal of providing the county commissioners with a recommendation. Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Department is running the task force. 

  • Lakewood housing project clues in commissioners to unused financing method

    A nonprofit’s proposal to build affordable, transit-oriented housing in Lakewood has put an alternative funding mechanism on the radar screen of the Jeffco commissioners.

  • Motorcyclists honor sheriff’s sergeant killed in crash

    Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Coal Creek Canyon on Sunday to remember Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin.

    Baldwin died Jan. 26 after being struck by a wrong-way driver on Colorado 93.

    “(Baldwin) will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service and his dedication to this community,” Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink said.