Local News

  • Increase in crime-lab construction costs irks commissioners

    A construction company hired to produce detailed cost estimates for a Jeffco crime lab and community corrections facility says the price tag is $13 million higher than the $46.4 million originally budgeted.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners took a dim view of the news, saying that cuts would have to be made because there is no more money in the budget.

  • Jeffco unveils bicycle-pedestrian plan

    In response to the growing demand for healthy alternatives to automobiles and the popularity of bicycles for commuting, Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Division has created a combination bicycle-pedestrian plan that would build bicycle-friendly elements into roads designed for cars only.

    The plan was presented to the county commissioners at the weekly meeting May 1 and adopted on a 3-0 vote.

    The first bicycle-pedestrian plan was created in 1995 and consisted of sidewalks along major roads and trails along major drainage ways.

  • Jeffco Schools considering property-tax increase

    The Jeffco school board is weighing a property-tax increase for the November ballot that would cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $30 a year over the current bill.

    The district, which has made significant cutbacks in recent years and faces more without additional revenue, is proposing two measures: a $35 million to $39 million revenue increase from the basic mill levy, plus a $99 mililon bond issue.

  • Taste of the West draws 500 to South Jeffco

    The West Chamber of Commerce brought the Taste of the West fund-raiser to South Jeffco for the first time on Thursday, April 26.


    Staged at the Terrace Events Center in Ken Caryl, the event brought together two dozen food vendors from around the county to share unusual items from Broccoli Gruyere Soup to Pink Lady Martinis.

    More than 500 people attended the event, chamber staff reported Friday.

  • Incumbent Maulik cites board experience, says more work remains

    After four years of wrestling with the budget, refining strategy and searching for savings, Terri Maulik thinks that plenty remains to be accomplished in the next four years at the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    "I feel like the first four were about learning and emptying out the closets and the clutter," said Maulik, who is running for a second term as a member of the Foothills board from Ward 5.

  • Challenger Kissler touts experience in government finance, administration

    In the May 8 election for a seat on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board, challenger Clarence Kissler believes his experience in government finance and administration makes him the clear choice.

    A former member of the Jeffco Public Library board for nine years, Kissler has emerged from Ward 5 (the West Chatfield Avenue area) to challenge incumbent board member Terri Maulik, who is running for a second four-year term.

  • Ballots due May 8 in Foothills election

    While three positions were up for election this year on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board, the only contested seat is in Ward 5, where incumbent Terri Maulik is facing off against challenger Clarence Kissler.

    The May 8 election involves mail ballots, which were sent to active, registered voters in Ward 5 the week of April 16. Elections for Wards 1 and 2 have been canceled.

  • Foothills seeks to appoint board member for Ward 2

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is looking for people interested in joining the board of directors as an appointed member.

    No one had volunteered by the deadline to run as a candidate from Ward 2 in the upcoming May 8 election.

    Prospective board members from Ward 2 should contact Richelle Riley, executive assistant and board liaison, at 303-409-2108 or richeller@fhprd.org

  • Bill paving way for Jefferson Parkway on hold

    Draft legislation that would have granted the power of eminent domain to build the Jefferson Parkway through Golden has been put on hold so the parties can return to the negotiating table in hopes of reaching a friendly agreement.

    The legislation could be introduced at the beginning of next year's session.

    Nicknamed BEEP, or Beltway Economic Enhancement Project Act of 2012, the draft bill was praised by Jeffco authorities as a way to relieve traffic congestion and promote business by completing the highway loop around Denver.

  • Website now available to confirm emergency-notification information

    Great minds think alike.

    Or maybe I should say, Ask and you shall receive.

    Last week, I wrote a story saying the only way to check whether your phone numbers were in the Jeffco emergency-notification system was by calling the FirstCall Network directly and how frustrated I was that I couldn’t do the verification from a website.

    That was true when I tried to verify that my numbers were in the system on April 20.

    That was then; this is now.