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  • Conifer’s Mike Daniels challenging incumbent Kopp for state Senate

      Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels slid in just under the wire, getting his name on the ballot in state Senate District 22 on June 3, at virtually the last possible minute.

    Daniels, a former Reagan Republican whose eclectic résumé ranges from Air Force service to publishing and standup comedy, was nominated by a vacancy committee. Though he had not planned to run, he offers an alternative to incumbent Republican Mike Kopp, who was previously thought to be running unopposed.

  • County to add fewer courtrooms at government center in Golden

      Jefferson County is scaling down a plan to add courtrooms at the Taj Mahal, cutting $1.9 million from the project’s budget.

    With plans to add two additional district judges and a county judge on hold, the county is scaling down a massive security revamp and building only one additional courtroom instead of three.

  • Jeffco government critic back on the radio

     

    Jefferson County gadfly Mike Zinna, once a fixture at public hearings in the Taj Mahal, has returned to the radio waves after a four-year hiatus from the business.

    “The Zinna Experiment,” a two-hour weekday show, debuted last week on talk-radio station 101.5 FM The Truth.

    The program, broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m., fuses casual political colloquy with shock-jock radio elements. Future shows will include investigative reporting as well as detailed interviews with local journalists, Zinna said.

  • Foothills exterminates prairie dogs at Clement Park

      An extermination company hired by the Foothills Park & Recreation District poisoned hundreds of prairie dogs on June 16 at Clement Park in what the district’s director said is a yearly occurrence.

    Workers placed toxic fumigation pellets into many of the dens in the native-grass area south of the Columbine Memorial, stuffing the burrows with newspaper and covering them with dirt.

  • Lengthy closures planned for Waterton Canyon

      Waterton Canyon will soon be intermittently closed for more than a year as Denver Water workers dredge 625,000 cubic yards of sediment that has accumulated in the wake of forest fires and heavy rain.

    The popular trail and canal, well known as an entrance to the Colorado Trail, will be closed beginning Aug. 2, will open again Dec. 4, then will close again from Feb. 28, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. The temporary reopening in the coming winter is possible because freezing temperatures would make dredging nearly impossible.

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

     

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Rec district poisons hundreds of prairie dogs at Clement Park

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District hired an extermination company to kill hundreds of prairie dogs Wednesday at Clement Park. Workers placed toxic fumigation pellets into virtually every den in the native-grass area south of the Columbine Memorial, stuffing the burrows with newspaper and covering them with dirt.

    Complaints from the bordering neighborhood prompted the move, said Foothills spokeswoman Kate Dragoo.

    “We had neighborhood complaints, because (prairie dogs) had been intruding onto neighborhood property,” Dragoo said.

  • DA warns of rise in automated phone ‘phishing’ schemes

    District Attorney Scott Storey is warning citizens of a telephone scam that has resurfaced in Jefferson County. In the last few days, several people have called the DA’s office to report that they have received disturbing automated phone calls alleging to be from their bank or credit union.

  • Off-leash proposals dogged by critics

    Proposals to shrink the popular off-leash dog park at Chatfield State Park are drawing criticism from canine enthusiasts, who say their groups’ views have not been fairly considered. Those groups say proposed changes don’t reflect their interests and that the modifications won’t decrease conflicts among park visitors.

    Users of the off-leash area object to a proposal to halve the size of the dog park, to fence the area, and to discontinue access to the South Platte River.

  • Open space, closed government

    After crafting a deal to acquire 19 acres in the Rooney Valley last December, Jeffco officials portrayed the purchase as a routine Open Space buy and kept secret the transaction’s role in settling a lawsuit by a group of developers, a Courier investigation shows.

    A lawsuit currently pending against the county charges that the machinations contributed to Jeffco’s top administrator, Jim Moore, being fired after he voiced objections to the lack of transparency.