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Today's News

  • Glass: Back to school

    August means back-to-school for students in Jeffco. Teachers, principals and staff have been hard at work for weeks getting ready for this coming school year, and students report back Aug. 14.

    Thanks to Jeffco voters, who passed construction bond question 5B in 2018, there are also some exciting changes coming to Jeffco schools this school year. Construction crews have been busy across our community this summer, hard at work on the first wave of projects and improvements.

  • Rohrer: It’s not the economy, stupid

    People are feeling better about the economy, and there is an incumbent president in the race for 2020. It’s just our nature to feel good about a president when the economy is good, but is that a fact-based approach?

    While presidents often receive the blame or credit, economists believe that the availability of capital and labor and technological advancement drive our economy. The two most important measures of our economic state are the number of jobs being created and the resulting unemployment rate. What is the true economic story of our country?

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.

  • County kicks off budget discourse

    Budget talks are underway in Jefferson County.

    Currently, the county is proposing a base budget with revenues of $475.8 million and expenditures of $535.1 million. The proposed base is meant to “simply serve as a starting point or base from which subsequent requests and decisions will be made,” said Jeffco budget manager Dan Conway.

    Initial numbers are down from the 2019 approved budget of $586.4 million.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District to go for mill levy increase

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is putting an initiative on the ballot in the November election that could increase property taxes and offset some of the financial challenges the district has been facing.

  • County briefs

    County extending Partners in Energy program

    Jefferson County is extending its relationship with Xcel Energy through the Partners in Energy program.

    The initial agreement, approved in April 2017, expired last September. Because of the success of the Energy Action Plan, Xcel agreed to continue the partnership.

  • News briefs

    Arraignment set for Conifer man arrested in connection with shooting

    The 38-year-old man arrested July 9 in connection with an early morning shooting in the 25000 block of Snyder Avenue in Aspen Park will return to court in September for arraignment.

    Michael Kessler faces a felony charge of second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. During a disposition hearing on Aug. 8, a judge bound the case over to district court, and Kessler will enter a plea on Sept. 16.

  • Spero addiction recovery center looking to rezone properties

    The owners of the Spero addiction recovery center proposed for the former Basecamp on Buffalo Park Road are planning to rezone the property to allow the center to operate.

  • Children of struggling families and volunteers shop for school clothes

    Shopping for school clothes is a fun excursion for kids, and on Thursday, 65 area children were treated to a shopping spree at the Evergreen Walmart thanks to Evergreen Christian Outreach, the Evergreen Salvation Army Unit and the store.