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Today's News

  • County commissioners identify key issues for 2014

    As Jeffco looks ahead to 2014, several issues from previous years will return to the Board of County Commissioners’ agenda. The Columbine Courier sat down with the commissioners to ask what issues they think will be in the center ring in 2014.

     

    The budget

    Balancing the county’s 2015 budget is likely the biggest issue Jeffco will face in 2014. 

  • Chipping in

    Residents looking to ring in the New Year by tossing out their old Christmas trees can drop them off instead.  

     

    The city of Littleton and the South Suburban Park and Recreation District are turning old Christmas trees into mulch. The trees will be mulched and used in landscaping throughout the South Suburban District and the city.

  • Longtime officer Shires running for sheriff

     For Jim Shires, his candidacy for Jeffco sheriff came down to putting up or shutting up. 

    Shires, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, said he wanted to lead the agency he’s been part of for more than 28 years in a much-needed turnaround. He pointed to the high employee turnover rate in the Sheriff’s Office as a sign the organization needs new leadership. 

  • Choice enrollment for Jeffco parents begins in January

    Jeffco parents who wish to enroll a child in a district school other than their neighborhood school can take advantage of the choice enrollment process next month.

    The first period of enrollment begins Jan. 8 and closes Jan. 24. A second enrollment period is offered from Feb. 19 to Aug. 30.

    “The second period is offered for parents who missed the first round or maybe just moved into the county,” said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Kerr to chair state Senate’s Education Committee

    Jeffco will retain its voice on the state Senate’s Education Committee, but now that voice will be at the panel’s helm. 

    State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-District 22, has been named chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 2014 legislative session. Kerr served as a member of the committee during the 2013 legislative session. 

    Kerr takes over for former state senator Evie Hudak, who resigned Nov. 27 in the face of a potential recall election over her support of new gun regulations.

  • The Year in Review

    South Jeffco saw its fair share of athletic accomplishments during 2013, including playoff appearances for Chatfield’s boys soccer, baseball and hockey, and girls soccer teams, and a near top-10 state finish for Dakota Ridge cross country runner Carson Hume. And those were some of the stories that didn’t make the list. The Columbine Courier looks back at 10 stories that highlighted the year of 2013.

    A REBEL WITH A CAUSE

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mad for business

  • Robbers mace customers, employees at Verizon store

    Twenty-one people were sprayed with mace on Dec. 29 by two men who robbed the Verizon store at Southwest Plaza.

    The perpetrators broke the locking mechanism on two iPhone display models about 4 p.m., setting off an alarm, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

    As the pair tried to leave the store, Kelley said, one of the suspects pulled out a can of mace and discharged it twice.

  • Resident rallies to cause of prairie dog colony on Foothills’ land

    When Gina Writz heard that a parcel of open-space land near her house was being sold by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, she had one question: What would become of the prairie dogs that lived there?

    Writz, a lifelong resident of South Jeffco, was disturbed to find out that the only plan for the 50 or so rodent residents was for them to be exterminated. 

  • Jefferson County to set up slash burner — but where?

    To address the county’s growing need to dispose of slash, Jeffco is moving forward with finding a permanent slash collection site and using a “curtain burner” to dispose of it.

    “We are looking for a permanent collection site,” said Mark Gutke of the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management. “The goal would be to have that site collect slash year-round and burn it when the weather permits.”