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  • 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.

  • Conifer woman killed by police in California after high-speed chase

    The Golden man accused of driving a car that tried to hit police officers has been charged with the murder of a Conifer woman who was fatally shot by one of the California officers involved in the high-speed chase.

    Suspected driver Geoffrey Sims, 34, was arraigned in a San Diego County court last Thursday after the chase that led police officers through El Cajon, Calif., and left 25-year-old Kelsey Rose Hauser dead.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • Briefs: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.

  • School board reverses previous decision on financing for new school

     The Jeffco school board directed district staff to start paperwork to issue certificates of participation to fund the building of a new school and finish a later phase of an existing school, both in the northern part of the district.

    In a unanimous vote last Thursday, the board decided to start the process to issue COPs to build a K-8 school in Arvada’s Candelas neighborhood. The board voted 4-1 to do the same for long-planned additions to Sierra Elementary School in Arvada.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust acquiring additional properties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is working with area landowners to create conservation easements on several properties in Jefferson and neighboring counties, said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s executive director.

    “I’m excited to see this,” Beaudry said.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust acquiring additional properties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is working with area landowners to create conservation easements on several properties in Jefferson and neighboring counties, said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s executive director.

    “I’m excited to see this,” Beaudry said.

  • Rising housing costs lead to increase in Jeffco homeless population

    As housing costs rise in Jeffco and the metro area, the number of homeless people also is increasing, say directors of organizations involved in helping them. Many of the people without a place to live are families and youths who cannot afford to pay rent.

    “We commonly see families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time,” said Jennifer Wilson, coordinator of Community and Family Connections for Jeffco Schools, a program that assists homeless students and their families.