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  • Heroism and second chances top year in news

    An old Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” And 2010 was an interesting year for South Jeffco.

    From an eleventh-hour sparing of Ken Caryl Middle School to an ongoing legal battle between Jefferson County and a marijuana dispensary, a few stories stand out in a year filled with a mix of hard news and unusual events.

  • A pet project for students

    A pack of cold noses provided warm holiday cheer at a school for developmentally disabled students Dec. 22, when Foothills Animal Shelter brought a few gregarious pooches to Laradon Hall.

    As part of a new partnership between the two entities, a group of Laradon’s students work five-day shifts at the shelter, acquiring custodial training and learning to take pride in a hard day’s work. And the shelter, which operates on donations and government allocations, is able to keep its new facility tidier than its budget would normally allow.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Architect of his own destruction

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man headed home from a night of drinking at a Denver bar was reportedly well aware he took in a bit too much holiday cheer. After driving erratically on Dec. 16, the driver was pulled over by a deputy, to whom he reportedly said, “I’m so screwed.” To no one’s surprise, the man did not ace his roadside maneuvers, and he was taken to detox.

     

  • Boulder accepts Jeffco’s $5 million carrot, drops opposition to toll road

    Boulder officials accepted a $5 million carrot from Jefferson County on Dec. 21 and will abandon decades-old resistance to the proposed Jefferson Parkway in exchange for the contribution toward purchasing 640 acres of open space.

    Both the Boulder City Council and the Boulder County commissioners unanimously passed resolutions officially dropping their objections to the toll road, which would complete the metro-area beltway.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    You can bank on this one

  • Jeffco departments find ways to cope with tight budgets

    Forgoing a new computer system, holding on to aging patrol cars longer and saving money on postage are among actions by Jefferson County departments in the face of nearly $30 million in budget cuts. And despite such reductions in the county’s $477 million 2011 budget, passed Dec. 7, the public is unlikely to notice a difference in county services, officials said.

  • Jeffco district renews Stevenson’s contract

    Dr. Cindy Stevenson will remain in charge of Jefferson County Public Schools for another year.

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously to approve a new contract for Stevenson, who has been superintendent since 2002.

    Under the terms of the one-year contract that starts June 1, 2011, Stevenson’s salary will be $205,500. The contract expires on June 30, 2012. There is no increase in salary, bonus opportunity or benefits from Stevenson’s prior contract, according to a district news release.

  • Cabela’s hopes to acquire former site of Jeffco animal shelter

    One of the country’s largest hunting-and-fishing-equipment retailers has set its sights on the former Table Mountain Animal Center property.

    Cabela’s, purveyor of guns, ammunition and fishing rods, recently offered $2.55 million, along with Molson Coors, to purchase 30 acres of land that originally was purchased by Jefferson County in 1931 for only $10.

  • Man in standoff at home sentenced in peeping-tom case

    A South Jeffco man arrested after he barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home in November was sentenced Dec. 17 to six months in jail on an unrelated charge stemming from an alleged peeping-tom incident.

    David Rothe pleaded not guilty to the original peeping-tom charges, including an attempted count, which allegedly occurred in 2009. He was acquitted in August on all counts but convicted on a lesser charge regarding the attempted-peeping-tom allegation.

  • Lighten up

    Elves, a gingerbread man and a small family of Dalmatian puppies inhabit South Jeffco resident Bernita Behounek’s yard every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

    The festive group of hand-painted wooden figures is a 25-year tradition at her home, one that along with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights reliably draws a steady flow of onlookers in the days leading up to Dec. 25.