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  • Rosier pushes resolution opposing gun control

    The battle taking place over gun control at the federal and state levels has found its way to the Jeffco commissioners.

    Commissioner Don Rosier has introduced a resolution that would call for the county to take a stand against possible new gun-control regulations being debated after the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora.

  • Jeffco to test new emergency-notification system on Wednesday

    The new emergency-notification system being used in Jefferson County will be tested Wednesday morning.
    This CodeRED system, which is replacing the problem-plagued FIRST CALL or 911.net, is being used by emergency services providers in Jeffco and Broomfield counties, as well as parts of Arapahoe, Adams, Clear Creek and Douglas counties. It will be tested in Broomfield on Wednesday as well.
    Test calls will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and should continue for several hours. To sign up, visit your911.net.

  • Former Golden High School employee arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

    A former employee of Golden High School has been charged with embezzling almost $156,000 from the school.

    Judith Marie Eakins, 53, was employed at the school for about 13 years, including serving as the school's financial secretary from July 2008 until November. She was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft and embezzling public property.

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  • Turnover taxing Jeffco Human Services Department

    Jeffco’s Department of Human Services is struggling with a high employee turnover rate, as more and more employees leave for similar jobs in neighboring counties that pay more.

    According to a report presented to the county commissioners, between 2010 and 2012, Human Services had a turnover rate for full-time employees of just under 30 percent, more than double the generally accepted 14 percent rate for government agencies.

    For divisions like Justice Services and Fraud, the turnover rate was more than 37 percent.  

  • Plans to tighten smoking regulations in unincorporated Jeffco worry commissioners

    A coalition of anti-smoking groups wants to tighten smoking restrictions in Jefferson County, but the county commissioners got a little hot under the collar over infringing on the rights of business owners.

    Jeffco’s Public Health Department has teamed with Healthy Unincorporated Jefferson County, a tobacco prevention coalition, to push for several changes to Jeffco’s smoking regulations and restrictions.

  • Bridge lighting celebrates completion of west corridor light-rail line

    RTD celebrated the final stage of construction on its new west corridor light-rail line, which runs from downtown Denver to the Jeffco government center in Golden, with the lighting of the Sixth Avenue Bridge on Jan. 23.  

    Several hundred people gathered at Lakewood Fordland and along the West Sixth Avenue frontage road near the bridge to watch the lighting ceremony. More than a few photographers set up tripods along the road to capture the first watts to emanate from the bridge’s lights.

  • Whole Foods recalling salmon due to possible listeria contamination

     

    Whole Foods has issued a recall for 4-ounce packages of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, due to possible listeria contamination.

  • Morrison man arrested amid seizure of explosives

    Federal agents arrested a Morrison man last Thursday after an undercover operation revealed he allegedly was making explosives and planned to sell them for cash or cocaine.

    Richard Lawrence Sandberg, 35, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm after bomb squads from the ATF, Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and Denver police removed several improvised explosive devices from his home at 4648 S. Swadley Way.

    Lawrence, who said he is a former Marine special forces soldier, could face up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

  • New details released on suspect in South Jeffco sexual assault

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has released more details about a suspect in a sexual assault in January. 

    The assault occurred about 8 a.m. Jan. 25 while a woman was walking along a bike path near C-470 and South Wadsworth Boulevard.

    The woman was attacked from behind as she entered a tunnel that passes under C-470.