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  • Jeffco Commissioners return from DC conclave

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were back in session last week after all three attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    The conference, which took place March 2-6, drew about 2,000 representatives from county governments from across the country.

  • Foothills grappling with budget challenges

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has begun discussing how it will finance more than $35 million in capital repairs to park facilities, and how it will cope with a projected budget shortfall of more that $1.4 million by 2018.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp said that over the last several years, the district has frozen salaries and delayed capital projects to stay within its budget.

  • Planning Commission votes to allow chickens, bees to be kept in neighborhoods with residential zoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 4-2 on March 6 to allow chickens and bees to be kept in residential-zoned areas in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    The changes would allow up to six chickens and one hive at homes in all residential zones, as long as the lot size is a minimum of 4,000 square feet and the owner meets other requirements on the housing and placement of the birds and bees.

    The board members who cast the no votes, chairman Larry Anna and Tim Rogers, both expressed concern about an exception to setback rules for chicken coops.

  • Littleton City Countil approves moratorium on pot shops, clubs

    The Littleton City Council has approved a moratorium on marijuana retail shops and marijuana clubs in the city.

    The moratorium, approved 6-1 by the council on March 6, is set to expire by Oct. 1, the date when municipalities in Colorado must decide whether or not to allow retail marijuana shops within city limits and how they will be regulated. It is also the deadline for cities that will allow shops to start accepting applications for retail licenses.

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  • Jeffco jail inmate apparently commits suicide

    An inmate has died of an apparent suicide at the Jeffco jail.

    The 24-year-old man was found hanging in his cell Thursday night by a sheriff's deputy during a walk-through check of the inmate's cell.

    The Sheriff's Office said the deputy tried to revive the inmate by administering CPR. He was pronounced dead in the cell a short time later.

    While the Sheriff's Office said all signs pointed to a suicide, an investigation is currently under way to determine the cause of the man's death.

  • Chickens and bees all the buzz in Jeffco

    Jeffco is getting ready to have “the talk” about the birds and the bees. 

    This week the county will begin discussing a proposed zoning change that would allow residents to keep chickens and bees in residential-zoned districts. Currently in unincorporated Jeffco, raising chickens and bees is allowed only in agriculturally zoned areas. 

  • County zoning changes put pedestrians first

    In order to encourage a more pedestrian-friendly environment, Jefferson County has created a new set of regulations for mixed residential and commercial developments that are centered on people traveling on foot.

  • Gun control in sights at Everett town hall

    State Rep. Justin Everett, R-District 22, held his first town hall meeting as an elected official, and the tense political climate at the state Capitol was reflected in several contentious exchanges. 

    Several people present, including Everett’s Democratic challenger in last November’s election, Mary Parker, challenged Everett on his opposition to gun-control legislation. The discussion became heated at times, with Everett and the gun-control advocates talking over each other. 

  • Littleton's Citizens Academy introduces residents to police work

    The Littleton Police Department is once again giving citizens an opportunity to see the inner workings of the agency. 

    The Littleton Citizens Academy is an 11-week course that gives residents a chance to learn about the many facets of law enforcement, said Littleton police Cmdr. Trent Cooper. 

    “What we try to do is give the students a good overall picture of the department,” Cooper said. “We try to make it as hands-on as possible.”