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Today's News

  • Jeffco Open Space closes areas of parks to protect wildlife

    To protect raptors and waterfowl in nesting season and elk that are calving in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is closing areas in its system to visitors on a seasonal basis beginning this month. Seasonal closures allow wildlife to successfully nest, rear young and survive a critical time in their life cycles, according to information from the agency.

    Here is a list of closures and dates:

  • Second suspect is arrested in Craigslist robbery

    A second suspect has been arrested in the robbery at a South Jeffco home in which thehomeowner fatally shot an alleged perpetrator, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    David Ernest Mascarenas, 55, was apprehended at an apartment complex in Federal Heights on Friday through combined efforts of Jeffco deputies and other agencies, according to the report. Mascarenas is facing charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and identity theft, and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Jeffco jail.

  • Foothills Rec District moving ahead with plan to seek tax hike

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board moved closer last week to asking voters for a property-tax increase in May, although the board hasn’t officially finalized the amount of the potential hike.

  • For Willowbrook residents, moments of joy

    For residents of South Jeffco’s Willowbrook Place, memories are fleeting, but moments are forever.

    Residents of the memory care community on South Kipling Street recently enjoyed some moments with a group of students from Regis Jesuit High School, who shared their experiences with rugby and dancing and music.

    Activities director Cody Kohlhagen was glad the boys could help the residents share in those experiences.

  • Constitutional conundrum may await voters

    It may well be up to us.

    The odd constitutional provisions that will have the state of Colorado issuing refunds to taxpayers at the same time as cuts have to be made to a variety of government programs in 2016 have long been a source of consternation. Over the last year, a variety of things have been discussed.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Superintendent says school lunch seizure was 'unfortunate'

    Superintendent: Seizure of lunch was an ‘unfortunate incident’

    A Fitzsimmons Middle School staff member who took a student’s lunch away in mid-January because there was no money in the student’s lunch account was acting against district policy, according to the Platte Canyon superintendent.

    Platte Canyon schools Superintendent Brenda Krage said the student was in the school’s self-serve lunch line when the incident occurred.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.