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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    ROMEO must fly

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

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    ROMEO must fly

  • Five bottle bombs found in South Jeffco over two days

    Five bottle bombs were found in South Jeffco on Jan. 2 and 3, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Four of the bombs, also referred to as “overpressure devices,” were discovered Friday at Easton Park off West Coal Mine Avenue, near Dakota Ridge High School, by Jeffco parks employees. All four of the bombs at Easton had been detonated.

    The fifth bomb was discovered in the parking lot between The Edge Ice Arena and The Ridge Recreation Center on Thursday, Jan. 2. That bomb was inert, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • A look back at 2013

    Political changes from 2012 reverberated into 2013 among the Jeffco commissioners, with an opposing political view spicing debates over several key issues.

    The addition of Casey Tighe, the first Democrat elected to the Board of County Commissioners since 2006, gave Commissioner Don Rosier a sparring partner on several issues, including whether Jeffco should raise taxes and whether the county should be on the record as opposed to new gun laws. 

  • County commissioners identify key issues for 2014

    As Jeffco looks ahead to 2014, several issues from previous years will return to the Board of County Commissioners’ agenda. The Columbine Courier sat down with the commissioners to ask what issues they think will be in the center ring in 2014.

     

    The budget

    Balancing the county’s 2015 budget is likely the biggest issue Jeffco will face in 2014. 

  • Chipping in

    Residents looking to ring in the New Year by tossing out their old Christmas trees can drop them off instead.  

     

    The city of Littleton and the South Suburban Park and Recreation District are turning old Christmas trees into mulch. The trees will be mulched and used in landscaping throughout the South Suburban District and the city.

  • Longtime officer Shires running for sheriff

     For Jim Shires, his candidacy for Jeffco sheriff came down to putting up or shutting up. 

    Shires, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, said he wanted to lead the agency he’s been part of for more than 28 years in a much-needed turnaround. He pointed to the high employee turnover rate in the Sheriff’s Office as a sign the organization needs new leadership. 

  • Choice enrollment for Jeffco parents begins in January

    Jeffco parents who wish to enroll a child in a district school other than their neighborhood school can take advantage of the choice enrollment process next month.

    The first period of enrollment begins Jan. 8 and closes Jan. 24. A second enrollment period is offered from Feb. 19 to Aug. 30.

    “The second period is offered for parents who missed the first round or maybe just moved into the county,” said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Kerr to chair state Senate’s Education Committee

    Jeffco will retain its voice on the state Senate’s Education Committee, but now that voice will be at the panel’s helm. 

    State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-District 22, has been named chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 2014 legislative session. Kerr served as a member of the committee during the 2013 legislative session. 

    Kerr takes over for former state senator Evie Hudak, who resigned Nov. 27 in the face of a potential recall election over her support of new gun regulations.

  • The Year in Review

    South Jeffco saw its fair share of athletic accomplishments during 2013, including playoff appearances for Chatfield’s boys soccer, baseball and hockey, and girls soccer teams, and a near top-10 state finish for Dakota Ridge cross country runner Carson Hume. And those were some of the stories that didn’t make the list. The Columbine Courier looks back at 10 stories that highlighted the year of 2013.

    A REBEL WITH A CAUSE