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  • Jeffco district proposes closing five elementary schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has proposed closing five elementary schools later this year, including Stober Elementary in Lakewood and Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. In addition, the district wants to begin moving sixth-graders to middle schools in several articulation areas as early as this fall, including Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge.

  • DA’s office forms rapid-response team for sex assault cases

    The Jeffco DA’s office recently unveiled a new rapid-response team to deal with cases of sexual assault.

    Funded by a $191,838 federal grant through the Violence Against Women Act, the unit — officially dubbed the Sexual Assault Rapid Response Team — consists of a group of experts that will work collaboratively with law enforcement and use research-based practices to strengthen the response in sexual assault cases.

  • ACC to build campus in Castle Rock

    Arapahoe Community College will work with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District to establish a $40 million collaborative campus in Castle Rock.

    The 14-acre site will be in the Meadows, a planned community, and will consist of two 54,000-square-foot buildings. The first phase of the two-phase project is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

  • Jeffco district proposing to close several schools over next two years

    Jeffco Public Schools is proposing a plan that will close several schools throughout the district over the next two years as part of its efforts to find $20 million to $25 million for employee compensation in the district budget.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the proposal will be presented at the school board meeting on Thursday and is part of a wider plan that proposes cuts across the entire school system.

  • County sustainability panel hoping to encourage use of solar power

    The Jeffco Sustainability Commission is considering pursuing a designation known as SolSmart that would make it easier for homes and businesses in the county to use solar power.

    SolSmart, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative, helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. The designation aims to minimize the soft costs of solar energy, such as for permitting and costly delays.

  • Jeffco cautions public on proliferation of counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Mixed reactions to mixed decision on Rooney Valley rezoning

    A week after the county commissioners' mixed decision on a rezoning application that could have brought auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, the parties involved say they remain uncertain about their next move.

  • Ex-inmate sues county, Correct Care claiming lack of medical attention

    A former Jeffco jail inmate is suing Jefferson County, the Sheriff’s Office and the jail’s medical provider, Correct Care Solutions LLC, over stomach ulcers he developed because of an alleged lack of medical attention.

  • Former medical director at jail sues Correct Care over 2014 firing

    A former medical director at the Jeffco jail is suing his former employer, Correct Care Solutions LLC, for wrongful termination after testifying in a 2014 case involving a past inmate who suffered a stroke while incarcerated.

    Dr. James Brill was first hired as the Jeffco jail’s medical director in September 2011 and was an employee of Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company contracted to provide medical services to inmates.

  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.