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Today's News

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase.

    “They haven’t decided because we’re waiting to see where the assessed valuations come in, because we don’t want to ask for more money than we need,” Winning said.

  • Attorney named to vacant seat on Foothills board

    An attorney with experience in public administration has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board.

    Lori Bosanko was selected by the Foothills board June 2 to complete the term of Terri Maulik, who represented Ward 5. Maulik resigned from the board in May after moving to Parker with her family.

  • Jeffco Open Space moves forward with major land acquisitions

    Jeffco Open Space is moving forward with plans to acquire more than 1,000 acres on Douglas Mountain near Golden and another 37 acres adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park in Aspen Park. The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee unanimously recommended the acquisitions, which were endorsed by members of Plan Jeffco and the Clear Creek Land Conservancy at the June 4 OSAC meeting. If approved by the county commissioners, Open Space would spend nearly $5 million to purchase the properties.

  • County wants to streamline process for adjusting pet-license fees

    Jefferson County wants to streamline the process for changing the annual fee to license a pet — even though no fee adjustment is currently on the table.

    The change would move pet licensing from the realm of county ordinance to simple policy — eliminating the months-long process now needed to increase or decrease the fee. The proposed change will be considered at a public hearing June 23 before the county commissioners.

  • School board candidate brings teacher’s perspective

    Jeffco parent Amanda Stevens, a former teacher and now a candidate for the school board, says she would bring a dedication to excellence, transparency and cooperation to the deeply divided board.

    The Lakewood resident announced last month that she is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in District 4, which includes areas in South Jeffco. Stevens is the lone candidate so far; the election is Nov. 3.

  • Auditor gives Jeffco school district favorable report card

    Jeffco Public Schools met all five financial benchmarks examined in an analysis by the state auditor, according to a report released June 2.

    The Fiscal Health Analysis of Colorado School Districts looked at districts’ ratio of assets to liabilities; levels of debt service; ratio of general funds to general fund expenditures; general fund operating margin; and general fund operating margin over time. Some 40 percent of the state’s school districts fell short in at least one category.

  • Littleton council amends construction-defects ordinance

    The Littleton City Council amended its new construction-defects ordinance June 2 to allow for a cash-settlement option between homeowners and builders as an alternative to pursuing repairs.

    The original ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Littleton council retains limit on sidewalk displays

    The Littleton City Council has decided not to expand the number of days each month that downtown merchants can have sidewalk displays.

    The council voted 4-2 on June 2 to retain the current policy, which limits displays to three days each month and requires a city permit. Councilman Bruce Beckman was absent at the meeting.

    The current ordinance, which was approved by the council in May 2014, has met opposition from downtown merchants. The latest proposed changes would have allowed sidewalk displays 365 days a year while still requiring a permit.

  • Co-coaches of the year: Alec Hines & Curi Yutzy, Dakota Ridge

    Alec Hines and Curi Yutzy can relate on the importance of taking a team approach. Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey and boys basketball coaches lived by that mantra during the 2014-15 season.

  • Male athlete of the year: Noah McGhee, Littleton

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Noah McGhee almost quit football and considered leaving Littleton High School in the fall of 2013. And it wasn’t until last winter that he fully dedicated himself to track and field.