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  • Test of new emergency notification system scores 74 percent

    A test of the county’s new emergency notification system is being considered a success, after it reached out to more than 347,000 phone numbers across Jeffco and Broomfield, along with parts of Adams, Douglas and Clear Creek counties. 

    The test, which took five hours on Feb. 6, successfully connected to about 74 percent of the registered telephone numbers, a high mark, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Jeffco debates approach to recreational pot

    As the state grapples with the voters’ decision last November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by approving Amendment 64, questions loom for Jefferson County as well.

    Currently the state is trying to create a regulatory framework for the use and sale of recreational marijuana. And the committee tasked with creating rules and regulations is working against a July 1 deadline. 

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  • Bemis Library to close this week during installation of scanner system

    Despite its doors being shut this week, Littleton’s Bemis Library isn’t taking a holiday. Instead, the library will be shut down from Tuesday until Saturday for installation of a new scanning system.

    The new system uses radio-frequency identification tags and scanners to sort incoming books into seven categories, such as fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature, said Meredith Gipson, assistant director at Bemis. But for the system to work, tags have to be placed on each book.

  • Littleton city attorney resigns

    Littleton City Attorney Kirsten Crawford is leaving after less than a year in the position.

    Crawford handed in her resignation Friday, 10 days after asking the City Council to be placed on voluntary administrative leave. In both her request for administrative leave and in her letter of resignation, Crawford cited personal reasons for her decision, according to City Manager Michael Penny.

  • County plans third Power of Partnership Conference

    The Jefferson County Department of Human Services will soon host its third Power of Partnership Conference, which brings together representatives of churches, government, nonprofits and businesses to address issues throughout the county.

    The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St.

  • Littleton strikes agreement with West Metro Fire on two subdivisions

    The Littleton City Council has approved a financial agreement for the West Metro Fire Protection District to provide emergency services to the TrailMark and Loch Moor subdivisions.

    Previously West Metro had been providing emergency services for the subdivisions for free. Yet due to budget constraints, West Metro can no longer subsidize the coverage of emergency services for the two subdivisions.

  • Cat burglars target four South Jefferson County homes

    Cat burglars struck four homes on the weekend of Feb. 2-3 in the Powderhorn, Westridge and Meadow Ranch subdivisions in South Jeffco. In three of the incidents, residents were home at the time.

    A news release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the perpetrator or perpetrators entered the homes through unlocked rear doors or windows. Item taken included wallets, purses, jewelry and cash.

  • Nibbles and Sips fund-raiser planned on Feb. 23

    It’s about to be red-carpet season in Littleton. 

    This year’s Nibbles and Sips, Inter-Faith Community Services’ massive gala fund-raiser, is being given a Hollywood makeover. The Feb. 23 event will offer attendees the full Tinseltown experience, with red carpet and photo line, said Tim Esterdahl, director of communications for Inter-Faith Community Services. 

  • Flood of comments delays report on Chatfield Reservoir expansion

    Jeffco will have to wait until the end of the year before it can see an Army Corps of Engineers report on the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir. 

    The controversial expansion would raise the reservoir by 12 feet and flood 600 acres to help meet the area’s rising water needs. The corps’ report was originally due at the end of 2012 but was delayed due to the extensive public comment on the project. 

    Monique Farmer, a senior spokeswoman for the corps, confirmed that the public unleashed a barrage of opinions about the plan.