Local News

  • Commissioners still not high on sales of recreational pot

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are showing little enthusiasm for allowing sales of recreational marijuana, but they’ve asked for information on having the county host related businesses.

    At a meeting May 29, the commissioners asked for information on regulating marijuana testing facilities, grow operations and the manufacture of marijuana products.

  • Future of prairie dogs at site of BMX track looks dim

    A plan to move a colony of prairie dogs from the site of a future BMX park at the Schaefer Athletic Complex appeared likely to fail due to a lack of space and the potential costs.

    The 45 prairie dogs must be moved or exterminated to make room for the BMX bicycle track being built by Mile High BMX. A plan proposed by the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, a group of volunteers unassociated with the Foothills Park and Recreation District, would relocate the rodents south of the track on about 1.8 acres.

  • Wildfire mitigation a hot topic at Jeffco telephone town hall

    Jeffco residents in fire-prone areas voiced concern during a telephone town hall meeting last week about neighbors who don’t do mitigation work on their properties.

    Several participants in the May 27 event asked how to handle neighbors who fail to remove slash or create defensible space around their homes. One caller, who said he lived on Conifer Mountain, said neighbors below his property are creating a hazard for him and his family.

  • Telephone town hall to focus on flooding, wildfire concerns

    A telephone town hall meeting with Jeffco’s county commissioners on May 27 will focus on the upcoming wildfire season and the county’s emergency preparedness.

    Some 50,000 telephone numbers in the county will be called to participate in the hour-long meeting, although anyone can call in. The commissioners typically take questions from callers after making opening remarks.

  • Littleton lands on two top-10 lists

    Littleton finds itself on two top-10 lists: for safety and for prospects for young professionals.

    Littleton was ranked as the ninth-safest city in Colorado and the ninth best place for millennial job-seekers in the state.

    “We’ve been recognized as being an attractive place for millennials to work and for being a safe community,” said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde. “It’s been a good week.”

  • Council to vote on amendment to construction-defects ordinance

    An amendment to Littleton’s new construction-defects ordinance providing for a cash-settlement option instead of repairs is set for a public hearing and vote at the June 2 City Council meeting.

    The new 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.

  • High water closes recreational areas at Chatfield State Park

    The recent relentless rains have swollen Chatfield Reservoir and forced the closure of several recreational areas in the popular state park.

    The reservoir was 6 feet above its normal level as of May 21, resulting in closure of the swim beach; Jamison Picnic Area; Catfish Picnic Area; Eagle Cove; Plum Creek Picnic Area; and the south boat ramp.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

  • County to add up to 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.