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  • 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.

  • 'Playing to help'

    Students in Dakota Ridge High School teacher Jenny Lippiat’s market class were grasping desperately for an idea.

    Nearly halfway through the semester in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, the class of 18 needed a platform to showcase their event-planning skills. A previous attempt to organize a disc-golf tournament fell flat, and the students were at a loss for how to make the most of a challenging class.

    Then came a bit of relative stardom for senior Graham Stookey, a singer-songwriter whose YouTube video garnered more than 200,000 hits.

  • School board votes to censure Boggs

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs was censured by the board Dec. 16, the first time such an action has been taken in district history.
    The censure, on a unanimous vote, came after board members characterized Boggs’ behavior as erratic, disrespectful and inconsistent. District Superintendent Cindy Stevenson accused Boggs of “attacking the school district that she was elected to protect” during a conversation between the two.

  • One-car accident kills South Jeffco man

    A South Jeffco man was killed in a single-car accident early Monday on South Kipling Parkway near U.S. 285, closing the road for several hours as emergency workers cleared the scene.
    Alamo Onak, 37, was headed south on Kipling when his SUV struck a median, a Lakewood police spokesman said. The vehicle went through the intersection at West Girton Drive, eventually colliding with a street lamp.
    Onak, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 3 blind residents injured, one fatally, when car goes out of control

    Three blind Littleton residents were hit by a car Nov. 17 when a driver lost control of her vehicle, killing one man and seriously injuring two women as they waited for a bus.
    David Alan Nanney, 47, died at Littleton Adventist Hospital from injuries suffered in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. near West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive. Nanney and the two women were on their way to a Christmas party at the Colorado Center for the Blind; all were students at the school.