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Local News

  • Rezoning for dog day-care center approved

    A former day-care center for children at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Carr Street could become a day-care center for dogs after rezoning, with restrictions, was approved July 31 by the county commissioners on a 2-1 vote.

    Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted to approve the building's possible use as a dog day-care center. Commissioner Faye Griffin voted no.

  • Auditor’s report confirms accuracy of county's financial statement

    Outside financial examiners hired to perform a comprehensive audit report concluded that Jefferson County’s financial statements are free of material misstatements.

    Audit partner Kim Huggins of CPA firm EideBailly of Golden presented results of the 235-page study on July 31 at a regular monthly briefing session with the county commissioners. The study is available online at http://jeffco.us/acct/acct_T135_R4.htm.

  • Romney rips Obama economic record in Jeffco visit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Thursday and promoted his job-creating and deficit-cutting policies, while blasting President Barack Obama’s inability to turn around the economy.

    “He had a lot of people excited. But look at the results. It’s been a disappointment. His policies have not worked,” Romney said.

  • C-470 crash kills Littleton woman

    A 58-year-old Littleton woman died after a single-car crash just before 8 p.m. July 31 in Lone Tree.

    Theresa Orton died at the scene after the Honda Civic she was driving drifted into the median from the westbound lanes of C-470 near South Quebec Street, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker.

    Orton's vehicle hit a guardrail head-on. The car then swerved across all the lanes three times before coming to a stop, blocking the right lane and the westbound shoulder.

  • The school-tax question: spending vs. enrollment

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say the district’s spending history belies its claims of austerity in recent years.

  • Developer seeks waiver of park and rec fee

    The county commissioners on July 17 postponed a decision on whether the developers of a proposed 250-unit apartment complex known as Kipling Commons should be given a 57 percent break on the park and recreation fee.

    Any reduction in the fee would affect the operations of the Foothills Park & Recreation District. The developer argued that the county's requirements are too burdensome when applied to multi-family developments.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Burdon cancels appearance at music fest

    The second annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival on Aug. 12 at Clement Park will feature the Charlie Daniels Band and Eddie Money plus 10 local bands, including Denver's Funkiphino, plus food, art and retail vendors and family activities.

    Previously scheduled Eric Burdon of Eric Burdon and the Animals had to cancel due to health reasons, the promoter said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Police penalize prohibited pit

  • C-470 Coalition plans town hall meetings via phone

    The C-470 Coalition will hold telephone-based town hall meetings to gather public opinion on what should be done to improve C-470 and on how to pay for possible upgrades.

    The coalition is inviting residents of Jeffco and areas along C-470 to call in, listen to the conversation, ask questions and provide opinions about the highway and their needs.

  • Open Space board reviews proposed 2013 budget

    For the next few years, Jefferson County Open Space revenues will be about $25.5 million annually, with about half used to pay off debt associated with past acquisitions. The operating budget will be $10.5 million in 2013, up slightly from the $10.45 million budgeted in 2012.

    The budget shows that over the next few years, the division will focus the bulk of its discretionary money on developing the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park.