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  • 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. 

  • Group seeks to relocate prairie dogs to another rec district parcel

    A group trying to relocate prairie dogs from two parcels of Foothills Park and Rec District land wants to move them to another Foothills property.  

    The group has worked since December to find a new home for prairie dogs on two pieces of Foothills land up for sale. The properties are on the northeast and northwest corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue.

  • Developer seeks to boost units in South Rapp Street project

    The developer of a proposed residential complex approved for land across the street from Arapahoe Community College wants to expand the number of units in the development. 

    The Sullivan-Littleton Lofts development, which would be on South Rapp Street next to ACC’s Littleton campus, had originally been approved in 2007 for 52 residential units along with five live/work commercial spaces. 

  • West Metro Fire voters reject tax increase

    Unofficial results released Tuesday afternoon showed with 96 percent of the votes counted that 16,580 votes were cast against the tax hike and 15,749 in favor. 

    West Metro said the ballot count should end by Wednesday, May 14.

    The turnout set a record for West Metro elections, with 30,000 ballots cast.