• Planning panel member is re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

    The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Neville decries EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    State Sen. Tim Neville called the EPA's recently released Clean Power Plan "crazy" at a town hall meeting in Conifer last Thursday evening. 

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.