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  • Fired Jeffco employee files discrimination suit

    A former Jeffco information technology worker filed a discrimination lawsuit last month against the county, alleging her 2010 firing came in retaliation because of a formal complaint she made about her supervisor.

    The employee, Westminster resident Kim Foote, said she was frequently the brunt of the supervisor’s jokes and snide remarks, including “gimp and bubble baby,” made in reference to her physical disability and frequent injuries.

  • Eco-development group developing new brand

    The Jefferson Economic Council launched a re-branding campaign last month, a move the organization has cited as a means to distance itself from the county that currently provides more than half of its funding.

    The nonprofit, now officially dubbed the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp., is also seeking increased contributions from private businesses, a move designed to reduce the percentage of its funding from government entities.

  • Denver Democrat plans to challenge Coffman

    The November 2012 election is not likely in the forefront of prospective voters’ minds, but Denver Democrat Joe Miklosi is already rolling out a campaign in hopes of unseating incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in Congressional District 6.

    Miklosi, who currently serves as a representative in state House District 9, said he would focus his efforts in the congressional office on job growth, particularly for the middle class.

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  • Arrest ends search for man with gun

    A manhunt in South Jeffco ended on the evening of July 7, when police arrested a 50-year-old man in Lakewood who was suspected of brandishing a handgun hours earlier outside the The Edge Ice Arena.

    Charles Belter was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including attempted kidnapping, felony menacing, stalking and violation of a protective order, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    “This whole thing stemmed from an incident with his estranged wife. … They were in the parking lot at The Edge,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Chatfield swim beach closed

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach beginning the morning of July 7, after a routine test revealed high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The presence of the bacteria, which is commonly found in fecal matter, was detectable in tests performed on the following days, prolonging the beach closure over the weekend.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

  • Sheriff issues fire restrictions

    New fire restrictions have been issued for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink issued stage 1 temporary fire restrictions effective July 1 for land west of Highway 93, C-470, Highway 121 and south of C-470, according to spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $600.

    The following activities are prohibited:

  • Fearing cuts, library board keeping budget draft under wraps

    The Jeffco library system is anticipating significant budget cuts in 2012, and its board plans to withhold a budget draft from most of the library system’s employees until the document is presented later this month to the county commissioners.

  • Former Jeffco official wants to testify in McCasky case

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore offered last week to testify in an ethics investigation of former commissioner Kevin McCasky, though the county apparently will not lift a confidentiality agreement and enable Moore to do so.

    Moore, who recently settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county for $175,000, said that, during his time working for Jeffco, he kept detailed notes about county activities that he considered questionable.

  • Group breaks ground for memorial to air rescue crews

    Brothers Steven and Kevin Sweeney were just boys when they marveled at the sight of Flight for Life helicopters zipping over Jeffco, and they tracked the aircrafts around the foothills and spotting where they would land.

    Decades later, no one was surprised when both Sweeneys landed careers in the field of emergency flight, with Kevin working for AirLife Denver and Steven managing investor relations for Air Methods in Englewood.