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Today's News

  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Commissioners weighing distribution of additional raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have started to determine the best way to disburse the $1.5 million they set aside to reduce employee attrition.

    In the county’s 2015 budget, the commissioners included a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees. But because employee attrition has remained a problem, the board approved an additional $1.5 million for raises, which would amount to a 1 percent increase.

  • County grants Lockheed Martin $16.7 millon in tax rebates

    Jefferson County has given initial approval to $16.7 million in tax rebates for Lockheed Martin Space Systems for its plan to add hundreds of high-paying jobs at its Waterton Canyon facility.

    Lockheed Martin, the largest private employer in the county, is planning a $336 million expansion at the South Jeffco plant. About 350 positions will transfer, or already have moved, to South Jeffco from other Lockheed Martin facilities, and another 500 new jobs will be created. The Waterton Canyon facility currently has about 4,100 employees.

  • Bank makes CASE for seniors with contribution

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office has recognized Colorado Federal Savings Bank for making a $15,000 donation to the DA’s Communities Against Senior Exploitation program.

    The donation, made last year, was finally honored last week in a ceremony. The money from the online bank headquartered in Greenwood Village will go to CASE’s work in prevention and education on senior abuse and exploitation.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chargers rally in the fourth quarter, upend Palmer
    Chatfield snapped a three-game slide with a 67-64 come-from-behind victory over Palmer on Dec. 18 at Chatfield Senior High School.

    The Chargers (2-5) trailed 38-32 at halftime and 54-47 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring Palmer 20-10 over the game’s final eight minutes.

    Will Ross led Palmer (4-4) with 16 points.

  • Listless team effort spoils goalie’s debut

    What has made Columbine’s ice hockey team a success thus far early in the 2014-15 season has been the Rebels’ willingness to play as a team. Fifteen players had scored at least one point in the team’s first five games. That teamwork was non-existent, head coach Chris Gassman said, in a 3-0 loss to Denver East on Dec. 19 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Harris, Rebels fit to be tied with Wildcats

    Grace Harris may be in her first year at Columbine High, but the freshman swimmer is already having a good time.

    She scored one of three victories for Columbine, winning the 200-yard freestyle in the Lady Rebels’ tri-meet with Arvada West and Dakota Ridge on Dec. 19 at the Ridge Rec Center. Harris was also part of the winning team in the meet-opening 200 medley relay as the Lady Rebels tied Arvada West with 115 points. Dakota Ridge came in third with 94.

  • Eagles soaring going into the holiday break

    Yes, Dakota Ridge is coming off an 18-win season a year ago. Yes, the Eagles went to the Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 2004. Yes, Dakota Ridge is ranked No. 7 in the 5A state boys basketball poll. Yet, somehow, the Eagles have been flying under the radar, albeit, slightly. They’re not anymore.

    Behind a tenacious man-to-man defense that flustered Arapahoe into turnovers throughout, Dakota Ridge enters the winter break an unblemished 8-0 following a 70-56 road victory Dec. 20 at Arapahoe High School.

  • Chatfield class explores final frontier

    South Jeffco is home to companies such as Lockheed Martin and Oakman Aerospace that are playing big roles in the future of space exploration. Chatfield High School’s senior engineering class is aiming to add the school’s name to that list.

    The class — one of nine in the country chosen to participate in a national design challenge sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science In Space — is working on a way to produce fuel in space with algae.

  • County gives approval to 2015 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that they hope will prevent county employees from seeking greener pastures.

    The budget includes a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees and an additional $1.5 million for the commissioners to disburse to departments experiencing high attrition rates. The commissioners will decide how to distribute the additional funds, equal to about a 1 percent pay increase, next year.