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  • Jeffco commissioner wants tobacco-free county facilities

    If Faye Griffin had her way, there would be no tobacco use at the county's main administrative building and courthouse in Golden, and possibly in other county facilities.

    "This is for the health of our employees," said Griffin, a first-term county commissioner who said a tobacco-free government campus is a goal she'll pursue. "It's not to be mean. It's just because we care about the employees."

    Griffin is in the very early stages of trying to convert the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden to a tobacco-free area.

  • Commissioners approve 25 percent hike in development fees

    A plan to increase Jeffco’s development fees is moving forward after a June 9 hearing that highlighted county leaders' different philosophies on who should be paying development-related costs.

  • Advertising correction: Keys on the Green

    Due to production difficulties, an incorrect ad appeared in this week's Canyon Courier for Keys on the Green restaurant. The text of the correct ad should read: Treat Dad to the best dinner in town! Featuring hand-cut steaks, bbq ribs or fresh seafood at Keys on the Green. Remember our Sunday Buffet, 9:00 am 'til 2:00 pm. Keys is at Evergreen Golf Course. Phone: 303-674-4095. On the Web: www.keysonthegreen.com.

  • DUI checkpoint planned this weekend in Evergreen-Conifer area

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is planning to have a DUI checkpoint this weekend in the Evergreen-Conifer area.

    At the checkpoints, deputies stop vehicles and check for signs of drinking and driving.

    With the Evergreen Rodeo in full swing, traffic levels are expected to be above average in the area.

     

  • Fire board goes into exec session for legal advice

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board went into a surprise executive session June 9 to get legal advice from its attorney, Linda Alexander, about a matter having to do with patient care.

    The executive session, closed to the public, lasted from 8:40 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when the meeting was adjourned. No action was taken during or after the executive session.

  • Squaw Mountain home of highest TV broadcast tower

     

    From its lofty perch on Squaw Mountain, KBDI Channel 12 has the distinction of having the highest TV broadcast tower in North America at 11,200 feet altitude.

    But if you don’t re-scan, you won’t see its signal.

    Colorado Public Television Channel 12 moved Friday, June 12, from UHF channel 38 to the new permanent VHF channel 13. It will still show up on the on-screen program guide as channel 12 under the new nationwide digital TV broadcast conversion that went into effect Friday.

  • County chipping away at food-stamp backlog

    Nearly four months after Jefferson County's food assistance program led the state in backlogged applications, the county has reduced the log jam substantially.

    Some 96 applications are now lagging beyond the federally mandated 30-day limit for processing, down from 316 at the beginning of March. Lynnae Flora, the community assistance division's acting director, said the actual number is 56, because 40 of the applications are overdue because applicants haven't submitted all the necessary paperwork.

  • Online high school will lose money in first year, Stevenson says

    Jeffco Public Schools' new online high school will lose money its first year but should be self-supporting soon after, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson recently told a group of representatives from homeowner associations.

    Stevenson also gave an update on the district's budget and teacher contract negotiations at the June 3 meeting of the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment.

  • Voters to decide on term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters will decide in November whether the county's elected officials - excluding the county commissioners - will be allowed to serve three consecutive terms, up from the current maximum of two.

    The decision by the county commissioners June 2 to refer the question to the November ballot marks an abrupt change from just several weeks ago, when District Attorney Scott Storey couldn't even get on the commissioners' agenda to propose a resolution extending his and other offices' term limits.

  • Open Space eyes trail changes at Apex Park

    The Jeffco Open Space Department is holding two open houses to gather information from the public on how to increase the safety of Apex Park users and to provide positive experiences at the park. Suggestions from the public are due June 30.

    Apex Park comprises 770 acres at the junction of U.S. 40 and County Road 93, adjacent to Heritage Square. The Apex Trail connects the Heritage Square parking lot with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center nearly 3 miles west.