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Politics

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

     The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

     The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

     The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing 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.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

  • Littleton hires Frisco official as community development director

    Littleton has hired a director for its community development department.

    The city named Jocelyn Mills, the current community development director for Frisco, to the position on June 15. Mills has been with Frisco for 17 years.

  • Vacancy panel to name replacement for office-hopping Griffin

    As newly elected Jeffco clerk and recorder Faye Griffin prepares to serve in her third different elected position in eight years — after she resigns from her county commission seat — a GOP vacancy committee is preparing to replace her on the commission.

    E.V. Leyendecker, chairman of the Jeffco Republican Party, said the party formed a vacancy committee earlier this year after Griffin announced her plans to run for clerk and recorder — and to leave her term-limited commission seat if elected.

  • Jeffco, Colorado see record voter turnout

    While the rest of the country saw a drop in voter turnout, Colorado and Jeffco saw a record number of ballots cast in the Nov. 4 election.

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office reported that 61 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots in last week’s election. The 259,765 voters marked the largest percentage to participate in a general election in Jefferson County.