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Today's News

  • Playing it safe

    Jeffco residents flocked to the county fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the Jefferson County district attorney’s Safety Fair.

    The fair, in its seventh year, combined family-friendly activities with a plethora of resources and information on how to stay safe online and at home. Topics ranged from how to avoid being a victim of fraud to the do’s and don’ts of bicycle safety. Attendees also were able to shred personal documents and dispose of prescription medications.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • 5 candidates challenging school board members targeted by recall

    Five candidates have stepped forward to challenge the three conservative school board members in Jefferson County who are the target of a recall effort.

    Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, Ron Mitchell, Paula Noonan and Matthew Dhieux will contend with current board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the expected recall election in November.

  • Proposed Community Corrections move angers site’s neighbors

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a decision on purchasing a new site to house the Community Corrections program after a contentious four-hour meeting Aug. 18 at which neighbors of the property loudly objected to the plan.

    Neighbors of the proposed new location near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood accused the county of dishonesty and said their concerns were being ignored. Dozens of residents said locating the facility in their neighborhood would put their families at risk and lead to an increase in crime.

  • Library will ask voters for 1-mill property-tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library will ask voters to approve a 1-mill property-tax increase in the Nov. 3 election.

    The ballot language, approved Aug. 18 by the county commissioners on their consent agenda, would increase the library’s effective tax rate to 4.425 mills. That would represent an increase of $28.88 annually on the tax bill of a $300,000 home. The library’s total annual tax for that home would then be $107.46.

  • School board candidate Brad Rupert, District 1

    Arvada resident and attorney Brad Rupert said his concern about departures of Jeffco teachers and administrators prompted him to run for the school board. He said his outcome-focused approach would help him make good decisions. 

  • School board candidate Paula Noonan, District 5

    Paula Noonan, who was a Jeffco school board member from 2009 to 2013, said her professional relationships with all sides in the politically divided school district would help her foster stability. She is running for Ken Witt’s seat in District 5.

  • Littleton council considering smoking ban downtown

    The Littleton City Council is considering a ban on smoking on all public sidewalks and streets in the city’s historic downtown.

    The council will consider a motion Sept. 1 to ban smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and a block south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. The ban would not apply to alleys or privately owned parking lots, which could be used as smoking areas for businesses downtown.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

    Officers from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security all were part of the raid, the release said. The team collected more than 3,900 plants and more than 3,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, pesticides, flammable liquids, camping gear and trash.

  • Library closes the book on summer reading program

    Jeffco’s summer reading celebrities were treated to a stylish send-off over the weekend.

    The Jeffco Public Library hosted a celebrity-themed wrap party for its summer reading program at the county fairgrounds in Golden on Sunday. Kids and adults who spent part of their summer turning pages were treated to music, magic, a red-carpet walk, and a few famous faces, such as Wonder Woman, Batman and several Star Wars characters.