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  • Mink looks ahead to next term

    Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Groups help pay shooting victim's medical bills

    Medical expenses may have been the last thing on Pattie Duhamel’s mind after her son Matt Thieu was shot Feb. 23 outside Deer Creek Middle School. Thankful that Matt’s life was saved by medical teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital, tens of thousands of dollars in bills was, by comparison, a trifling detail.

    But facing more than $90,000 in charges from the hospitals and an ambulance ride, Duhamel, who works as a caregiver for a quadriplegic young girl, found herself months later struggling to address the daunting sum.

  • 400-acre fire at Lockheed fully contained

    A grass fire that spread to about 400 acres on Lockheed Martin’s property near Roxburough State Park was fully extinguished Sunday evening after burning for more than two days.

    Though no structures were at risk, about 50 horses were evacuated from a nearby stable on Saturday morning. The fire began after 4 p.m. Oct. 8 and did not cause any injuries.

  • Economy, spending hot topics at candidate forum

    A crowd of more than 200 heard a variety of candidates voice their views at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5, but one gubernatorial campaign pulled out of the event at the 11th hour.

    Though Denver Mayor and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper had pledged to send his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Joe Garcia, the campaign withdrew from the forum the day before, saying the event too closely resembled a debate.

  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • Policy muzzles school board members

    All but one Jeffco school board member is barred from speaking to the press about issues related to the board’s activities, a board member recently informed the Columbine Courier.

    Under a policy adopted in 2000, only the Board of Education president, currently former Jeffco district attorney Dave Thomas, is allowed to respond to press queries on all topics not exclusive to a single board member.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Where there’s smoke …

  • Couple charged with beating adopted son

     

    A South Jeffco couple were charged Sept. 29 with multiple counts child abuse and are suspected of beating their adopted 6-year-old son with a belt buckle and keeping him severely malnourished.

    Investigations into Randal and Christine Arnold’s treatment of the boy began on Sept. 17, when Littleton Fire Rescue workers responded to an emergency call at the couple’s home. The boy was found unresponsive and covered with bruises, an arrest affidavit states.

  • Emily's Parade rolls out of Columbine

      Motorcyclists who participated in the fourth annual Emily’s Parade on Sunday weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the ride from South Jeffco to Bailey — people lined U.S. 285 and cheered the riders on their way to Platte Canyon High School.

    Nearly 2,000 motorcycles made the 45-mile trip to remember Emily Keyes, who was killed by a gunman at Platte Canyon High School on Sept. 27, 2006. The parade raises money for the I Love U Guys Foundation, a nonprofit headed by Emily’s father, John-Michael Keyes.