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  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Transit takes center stage at telephone town hall

    Transportation concerns took center stage at a telephone town hall meeting last week with Jeffco’s commissioners and other county officials.

    “I’m wondering why the roads are in such poor condition,” one resident commented. 

    Commissioner Casey Tighe responded that the county road and bridge budget increased this year, but he said maintenance needs are outpacing available funds. 

  • Ice Melt Barrel tickets still available

    Evergreen's well-known Ice Melt Barrel is in a different location on Evergreen Lake this winter, but Mountain Foothills Rotary wants everyone to know the annual contest is in full swing.

    The barrel, which was rolled out Jan. 4, is in a spot near the skating rinks this year. 

    Participants in the annual contest guess the date and time that the barrel will hit the water during the spring melt. Proceeds from ticket sales support charitable causes of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation. 

  • Fire damages home in Evergreen

    A fire caused major damage to a home in Evergreen overnight Wednesday, but the homeowner and his dog escaped unharmed.

    No injuries were reported, but extensive damage was sustained on the second and third floors of the house in the 34000 block of Forest Estates Road, which is off Brook Forest Road.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a neighbor reported the fire about midnight Wednesday.

  • Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot during Aurora robbery attempt is expected to recover

    The Jeffco sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured when he was shot while off duty Jan. 26 is still in intensive care after two surgeries, but is expected to recover, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • Evergreen resident pleads not guilty in shooting of bear cubs

    The Evergreen homeowner who shot two bear cubs at his home last September pleaded not guilty to two felony and three misdemeanor charges at a hearing in Jefferson County Court on Monday.

    Judge Tamara Russell set a June 20 date for a jury trial for the defendant, Daniel C. Williams, 50, who appeared in court with his attorney, Harvey Steinberg. The judge also set an April 21 deadline for a motion hearing when a possible plea offer could be presented by Williams and his attorney.