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  • Intruders damage home's interior while owners on vacation

    Burglars caused more than $200,000 in damage to a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court while the homeowners were on vacation between April 1 and 10, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The intruders apparently did not steal property but caused extensive water damage to the interior of the home and to personal property in it, according to the report. 

  • Ending pay-for-performance not top priority for some board members

    All five members of the Jeffco school board want to return to paying teachers on a regular salary schedule and end the controversial 2014 move toward pay-for-performance made by now-recalled conservative board members.

    But some current members said April 7 that moving back to a salary grid isn’t their top priority when compared with other needs.

  • Five arrested in early-morning raid at South Jeffco home

    Five people were arrested in an early-morning raid at a home on West Bowles Avenue on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said three of the arrestees were being held in the Jeffco jail on drug-related charges, and the other two were arrested on outstanding warrants.

  • Residents invited to help plan new services at Jeffco libraries

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours and services after voters last November approved a mill-levy increase. Upcoming initiatives include refurbishment of the Columbine Library in 2017 and a potential expansion of services in South Jeffco to meet growing demand.

    To help plan these additions and enhancements to the library system, area residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings where they can offer input and suggestions.

  • Only one contested race in West Metro fire board election

    Three board members for the West Metro Fire Protection District are up for election May 3, but only one faces a challenge.

    Michael Williams has entered the race for the District 6 seat currently held by Kristina Moeder. District 4 board member Pam Feely and Wendy Volmer, the District 7 incumbent, are running unopposed.

    After serving on West Metro’s civil service committee for the past five years, Williams says he is running for the District 6 board seat as a better use of his time.

  • Exchange student raising funds to buy mosquito nets for people in Ghana

    Emmanuel Mwinbong, an exchange student at Dakota Ridge High School, is launching a fund-raising effort to provide mosquito nets for people in his native country of Ghana, where malaria is prevalent. The nets offer protection to children and adults from mosquitoes that carry the disease, which can result in disability and death.

    Emmanuel is seeking donations to purchase mosquito nets at the Pomona Invitational Track Meet this Saturday, April 23 Jeffco Stadium.

  • Neville fails to make primary ballot for U.S. Senate

    A few days before the state Republican Party convention at which candidates for the U.S. Senate primary were to be chosen, state Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton said he would put his trust in God and the delegates.

    Neville was one of many contenders seeking the GOP nomination in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — a group that initially included Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier and former state Rep. Jon Keyser of Morrison.

  • Plan to preserve Deer Creek Golf Club, build homes needs rezoning

    So many people packed the Deer Creek Golf Club’s clubhouse for last week’s community meeting on rezoning property for residential development that it was rescheduled in a larger venue. Attendees at the meeting May 12 at the Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl can get details of the project spearheaded by Dennis Carruth of Carruth Properties Co.

  • Plan for medical facility moves forward with rezoning recommendation

    Despite questions from nearby residents about the need for another emergency care facility in the area, the Jeffco Planning Commission on March 30 unanimously recommended rezoning for a medical center with a free-standing ER at Kipling and Coal Mine.

    “We currently have three ERs within a few miles from us,” said resident Dale Bowers. 

  • Jail seeking added funds to install mesh on balconies

    An ongoing effort to install steel mesh on balconies in the Jeffco jail is expected to reduce the risk of inmates attempting suicide and should be finished next year, according to a Sheriff’s Office official.

    The project targets high-risk areas, including maximum-security modules on the jail’s sixth and seventh floors, and pre-sentencing areas on the fourth floor, said Dan Gard, chief of the sheriff’s support services division, who appeared before the county commissioners March 22 to ask for additional funds for this year’s portion of the project.