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Today's News

  • ‘13-14 budget restores days, dollars to Jeffco schools

    The Jeffco school board approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $952 million at its meeting May 30, a spending plan that adds $22 million to current-year expenditures.

    The increase comes thanks to a boost in funding from the state and to the tax hike approved by voters last November. The budget still is $45 million less than the 2009-10 spending plan.

    The district avoided $45 million in cuts this year when Jeffco voters approved 3A and 3B on last November’s ballot. The district’s mill-levy rate is 48.721, or $388 annually for a $100,000 home.

  • The not-so-old college try

    It’s not often that bicycles being prepped for a triathlon have streamers attached to their handlebars.

    Yet during the Foothills Feat Kids Triathlon on Sunday, it was a pretty common sight.

    Two age groups, 6 to 8 and 9 to 14, competed to post the best times while swimming, biking and running. The event was a mini version of the adult sprint triathlon that took place earlier in the day at the Foothills Park & Rec facilities on South Ward Street.

  • Man dies after deputies use Taser on him

    A 55-year-old man wielding a BB gun and threatening to commit suicide died in Conifer on Sunday morning after Jeffco sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on him.

    The death occurred in the 30400 block of Sunset Trail just before 8 a.m., according to Jeffco Sheriff’s spokesperson Mark Techmeyer. The man’s name has not yet been released.

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  • Nonprofit coffee shop lessens the grind of grief in South Jeffco

    It’s not easy for Robin and James Buesching, aunt and nephew, to talk about why they started Heavenly Grounds Coffee House, which opened two months ago just west of Wadsworth at 8966 W. Bowles Ave.  

    “It all started with my father and his sudden death,” James Buesching said. 

    Rod Buesching, James’ father and Robin’s little brother, died on Nov. 13, 2011, at the age of 53. He had suffered from fibrosis of the heart and lungs and severe arthritis before dying of heart failure.

  • Sheriff’s Office seizes 18 horses from Morrison property

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office seized 18 horses from a Morrison property May 21.

    “The horses have illnesses and physical issues,” said Christine Padilla, an animal control officer with the Sheriff’s Office. “(Most of the horses) were kept in a dirt lot, and there was no grass for them to graze on.”

    Padilla also said there is a 75-foot drop on the property that isn’t fenced off.

    “The majority of the horses were in poor condition and underweight,” Padilla said. 

  • Littleton picks finalist for law firm

    The Littleton City Council has narrowed the list of law firms to serve in the vacant city attorney position from four to one. 

    The council voted 5-1 to move forward with negotiating with the law firm of Kissinger and Fellman to provide legal services to the city. Councilman Phil Cernanec voted against the resolution, and Councilman Bruce Beckman was absent. 

  • Littleton City Council ousts planning board member

    The Littleton City Council has voted to remove Scott Ranville from the city’s planning board.

    Ranville, who was removed from the board May 21 on a 6-0 vote, was appointed to the volunteer panel in April and had attended two meetings, including a postponed hearing on the proposed Broadstone development project on May 13.

  • School district’s ‘cloud’ storage plan criticized

    The Jeffco School District’s plan to test a “cloud” storage system for student data has some parents concerned that vital information about their kids would be vulnerable to hackers and security breaches.

    More than 35 concerned parents gathered at Normandy Elementary School on May 22 to voice their disapproval of the district’s plan to pilot “inBloom” — software developed by an Atlanta-based nonprofit that would centralize mountains of student data and store it off site.

  • Jeffco sheriff gets authority to prohibit openly carrying guns in county buildings

    The Jeffco county commissioners approved an ordinance Thursday that allows the sheriff to prohibit openly carrying firearms in designated county buildings despite Commissioner Don Rosier’s concern that the ordinance left too many questions unanswered.

    The ordinance, approved on a 2-1 vote with Rosier dissenting, directs the sheriff to conduct yearly vulnerability assessments of county buildings and to decide whether the open carrying of firearms should be banned.