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  • Commissioners reject bonus pay for county workers

    The Jeffco commissioners rejected nearly $200,000 in bonus pay on June 21 for employees who participated in a savings program that trimmed more than $550,000 from the county’s 2011 budget.

    Not all county departments participated in the voluntary incentive plan, which allowed departments to apply for some of the funds they saved through efficiency measures.

    Commissioners Faye Griffin and Don Rosier voted June 28 to approve the budget amendment; Commissioner John Odom was not present at the public hearing.

  • ‘Keep your hopes alive’

    KenDara Peoples grasps her tennis racket, choking up liberally on the grip. It’s over 90 degrees outside, and a volunteer begins to sweat as she lobs balls from less than 10 feet away.

    From her wheelchair, KenDara hits quick, punctuated backhands, missing few balls as the volunteer’s tosses come faster.

    After a few hundred returns, she’s feeling better about her range of motion.

    “It’s my left arm that needs help,” she said. “I’m working on looking to the left.

  • Group plans meetings on creating separate library district

    Save Jeffco Libraries is hosting six community meetings to inform Jefferson County residents about the significant budgetary issues facing the Jeffco Public Library and the group’s efforts to form an independent library district.

  • Belles on wheels

    South Jeffco native Shelley “Disfigurine” Hummel watches from the rink’s edge as a speeding skater slams into another competitor, sending the target tumbling to the floor, head down and skates up.

    Hummel observes the practice session at Fun City with the knowing look of someone who has absorbed and inflicted her share of hits in a sport that is once again experiencing a rolling resurgence.

    But her days as a raucous roller derby skater are behind her.

  • Call boxes designed to aid cyclists in Deer Creek Canyon

    If a bump in the road tosses a bicyclist in Deer Creek Canyon, three new emergency call boxes ensure that help is just a call away.

    The call boxes were installed a couple of months ago at three Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue stations, a key communications link in an area where cell-phone service is sketchy at best and non-existent at worst.

    Dan Hatlestadt, spokesman for the Jefferson County Incident Management Team, said the three phones are directly linked to emergency responders.

  • Red, White & You is back

    Tens of thousands of locals are expected to pack Clement Park on July 1 for the return of Foothills Park & Recreation District’s annual Red White & You celebration.

    The event, which features a fireworks display and headlining rhythm-and-blues band Chase N The Dream, begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.

  • Former county administrator settles suit with Jeffco for $175,000

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county in May, collecting $175,000 under a deal that prohibits both parties from discussing the case.

    Moore, who was fired from the high-level position in December 2009, received less than $38,000 of the total, with the remaining $137,000 being paid to his attorneys.

    Though a federal judge dismissed Commissioner Faye Griffin and former commissioners Kathy Hartman and Kevin McCasky as defendants in late April, the county itself was not dismissed until June 2.

  • State ethics commission will investigate McCasky

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has initiated a full investigation into the hiring of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky by an economic council to which he voted to direct county funds while being considered for the council’s high-paying top job.

    McCasky, now president of the Jefferson Economic Council, was hired by the nonprofit in January, shortly after he proposed increasing the county’s annual general-fund contribution to the council from $380,000 to $400,000.

  • Board approves tasting permit for Tipsy’s

    In a decision at odds with its own policy, the Jeffco liquor board approved on June 9 a new beer and wine tasting permit for Tipsy’s Liquor World two months after the store was ordered closed for two days for selling wine to a visibly intoxicated man.

  • County still weighing OK on vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners inched closer to approving short-term vacation rentals June 14, directing staff to initiate the long process of changing zoning regulations.