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  • Jeffco annoyed at Golden’s non-cooperation with parkway plan

    The Jefferson County commissioners took several minutes during a public hearing on Jan. 3 to blast Golden officials over a recent failure to reach a transportation agreement crucial to the eventual construction of the Jefferson Parkway.

  • Littleton approves fire-services agreement

    Littleton approved a new fire-services agreement Jan. 3 with the city’s fire protection district and with Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District, increasing the frequency with which it provides emergency medical services and slightly decreasing the administrative fees it charges the entities.

  • Jeffco adjusts precinct lines in time for GOP caucuses on Feb. 7

    Jefferson County approved new election precincts last week for its 388,249 registered voters, cutting the number of precincts from 324 to 260.

    The measure, which Jeffco is hailing as a cost saving, was necessary in the wake of statewide congressional redistricting and legislative reapportionment through new maps approved last month by the Colorado Supreme Court.

  • Jeffco credit rating improves

    Jefferson County’s credit outlook improved slightly last month following a review by Moody’s Investors Service of Aaa-rated government agencies.

    Though Jeffco retained its current Aaa rating, which is the highest possible score, its outlook improved from “negative” to “stable.” Two days after Moody’s assigned a negative outlook to the U.S. government’s Aaa rating last August, it did the same for all Aaa-rated local governments linked to the federal government.

  • Proposed Jeffco map puts bike lanes on Kipling

    A proposed bicycle and pedestrian map recently unveiled by Jefferson County would transform the length of Kipling Parkway into a bike highway, adding about 20 miles of bicycle-specific lanes from C-470 in South Jeffco to West 64th Avenue in Arvada.

    The 40- to 50-year plan also identifies existing trails as bike and pedestrian thoroughfares and would add bicycle lanes to networks of other roads throughout the county.

  • A teaching tool in the Cabinet

    Photos and mementos from Powderhorn Elementary School principal Mike Freeman’s half-dozen humanitarian trips to Africa adorn his office, leaving anyone who enters little doubt the man has ties to the largely impoverished continent.

    Glancing briefly at the photos, the bearded father of six recalls trips on which he and other volunteers taught residents basic first-aid and simple medical procedures, empowering them to help themselves.

  • Moore pleads guilty to charges in Southwest Plaza bombing

    A man charged with planting a homemade bomb in Southwest Plaza Mall last April pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to related counts in federal court.

    Earl Moore, 65, had previously pleaded not guilty to an arson charge in May. A plea agreement was not available at press time, though Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

  • Roller hockey league looks to revive glory days in the new year

    South Jeffco resident Curtis Fulster was 11 when he developed a taste for roller hockey, slapping pucks across the makeshift parking-lot rink at the former Funplex site in the halcyon Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League.

    Now 24, the Dakota Ridge High School grad has seen the league burgeon to hundreds of players and construct a world-class $2.5 million two-rink indoor facility nearly Kipling and 285.

    And lately, he’s seen it struggle.

  • Building a better community, one grappler at a time

    As young students tangle and contort on a floor of wall-to-wall mats, jui-jitsu instructor Steve Hordinski watches and gently corrects the young combatants.

    Hordinski, owner of Relson Gracie Colorado, is in the business of molding youngsters into more confident people, one technique at a time.

    “We want to make an impact on the community in a positive way,” Hordinski said. “We want to teach leaders here.”

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