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  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • West Metro, Wheat Ridge fire districts negotiate pending merger

    West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi says consolidating his district with the Wheat Ridge Fire District would benefit both agencies.

    “We can provide a better depth of service,” Lombardi said. “It’s good for both West Metro and Wheat Ridge.”

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closes

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closed permanently Jan. 17.

    The store is among 154 Walmarts closing across the country, said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The bulk of the closures under way involve Walmart Express stores, which have been in operation since 2011. Only a handful of neighborhood markets and supercenters are closing, she said.

    A corporate decision about closing selected Walmart stores has been under consideration since last fall, Hatfield said.

  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.

  • Foothills again considering property-tax increase

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board is considering asking district residents for a property-tax increase, despite tax hikes being rejected by voters twice since 2008.  

    The board on Jan. 12 discussed seeking a 1.75-mill increase in the district’s levy, which would generate an additional $1.9 million in annual revenue for the cash-strapped district. If placed on the ballot by the board and approved by voters in May’s election, the added tax would be in effect for a 10-year period.

  • BRIEFS: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • Briefs: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • CASA volunteer changes lives with persistence, consistency

    Greg Lauer describes himself as a “squeaky wheel.”

    The Columbine-area resident volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Jeffco children from troubled homes.

    It’s a tough job, one that requires compassion, patience — and persistence, Lauer said.

    The 18-year-old whom Lauer currently advocates for was recently accepted into a technical school, thanks in part to Lauer’s “squeakiness.”

  • Briefs: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

     Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.