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  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Snow Squad needs volunteers to shovel seniors’ sidewalks

    Littleton needs volunteers for its Snow Squad, which shovels the white stuff for low-income senior citizens and those who cannot physically perform the task.

    The program, run through the city’s Aging Well Resource Center, is always on the lookout for volunteers to shovel sidewalks at clients’ homes, said Kay Wilmesher, community program manager for the center and administrator of the program.

  • Case closed: Commissioner Rosier’s open-meetings objection off track

    A drawn-out drama involving a proposal to add striped bicycle lanes on certain roads veered into strange territory last week when County Commissioner Don Rosier accused fellow Commissioner Casey Tighe of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by talking to a reporter.

    At a meeting Nov. 24, Rosier said Tighe violated the sunshine law by giving an interview to a Courier reporter after the commissioners on Oct. 27 voted a third time to delay a final decision on the bike lanes.

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Carjacking reported at Mineral light-rail station

    A carjacking was reported Saturday afternoon at the Mineral Avenue light-rail station in Littleton, and police continue to search for the stolen vehicle.

    According to Littleton police, a man parking his truck at the station about 4 p.m. Saturday was approached by two African-American men, who attacked the vehicle’s owner.

    The station’s parking lot is on the northwest corner of South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, near the Aspen Grove Shopping Center.

  • Second suspect arrested in bank robbery, crime spree

    A second suspect in a bank robbery and crime spree in South Jeffco on Nov. 18 that left two people shot and several others hurt was arrested Tuesday in Lakewood. A third suspect remains at large.

    Tyrone Javonne Richardson, 31, was arrested by Lakewood police on Tuesday afternoon. The last suspect, Myloh Jaqory Mason, 25, was still being sought by police. Mason is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous, according to the Lakewood Police Department. 

  • A hair-raising fund-raiser for fallen officer

    Littleton is being patrolled by a group of mountain men this month.

    More than 20 officers with the Littleton Police Department have put their razors away during November to raise money for the Carl Kisselman Foundation. Kisselman, a detective with the Englewood Police Department, died suddenly at his home in September.

    Littleton Officer Rick Redmond said he and two dozen of his fellow officers donated at least $20 each to the foundation to gain clearance to break the department’s facial hair policy.

  • Bandimere rezone raises few concerns at public meeting

    A public meeting last week on a potential rezoning of land surrounding Bandimere Speedway drew two dozen people, but only a few expressed concerns about the plan to add residential and commercial uses.

    The proposal, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood. About 20 acres of the property owned by the Bandimere family, just south of the track, are in Morrison.

  • Commissioners, library staff experience unhappy returns

    Jeffco Public Library staff saw their elation over winning a tax increase in this month’s election dimmed somewhat when two county commissioners demanded chapter and verse on how the additional revenue will be spent.

    The commissioners, library staff and the library’s board of directors discussed last week how the additional $8 million in property-tax revenue will be incorporated into the library’s 2016 budget.

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.