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  • County to make $90,000 in repairs to Taj Mahal dome

    Jefferson County is planning to spend nearly $90,000 repairing the Taj Mahal’s atrium dome, which will involve resealing leaky metal seams around the windows.

    Dripping water has been a constant issue since heavy rains began earlier this year, the county said.

    “We have a lot of buckets down there. That’s not good,” facilities director Dan Brindle said in a June 14 meeting with the Board of Commissioners. “The caulking in the dome is 20 years old. … We’d like to get that done as soon as possible.”

  • Jeffco planning to sell public health campus

    Jefferson County is planning to sell its 18-acre public health campus in Lakewood to Colorado Christian University for a total of $3.75 million.

    The county initially sought bids for the property at 260 S. Kipling St. last year but received no offers. A representative from CCU contacted the county administrator recently, indicating a desire to expand the school’s campus.

    Jeffco also recently received a $2.8 million bid from Goldberg Properties, an offer it may entertain if the potential deal with the university falls through.

  • For these fathers, a day at a time

    Miniature candy-bar wrappers crinkle as a dozen men seated at a circle of tables take bites, stacking the wrappers in small piles and listening intently as others take turns speaking.

    They come from all parts of the metro area. Among them are a construction worker, a musician, an unemployed welder and a stand-up comedian.

    Their backgrounds vary, but stories of divorce, financial struggles and incarceration are common.

  • An honest portrayal

    In his beaver-felt hat with silk lining, John Voehl is a page of history come to life as he lives and breathes the stories of Abraham Lincoln.

    Voehl, a Littleton resident who looks more than just a little like the 16th president, said portraying Lincoln is a passion.

    “It was scary for me,” Voehl said, “how much I look like Lincoln, and when I walk by a mirror, I jump like I’ve seen a ghost.”

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

  • Sex assault defendant suspected of violating bond agreement

    A Jeffco man currently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child was arrested last week on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond agreement.

    James Craig Bird, 64, faces new charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of violating his bond conditions.

  • A not-so-secret garden

    A quilt-like assemblage of heirloom vegetables and native flowers has made its way to the once-unlikely location of the Ken-Caryl Valley.

    A community garden, a sight sometimes more common than grass in high-density urban areas, is making the tradition of growing one’s own food a reality for an affluent community unable to do so in their own yards.

    The Ken-Caryl Community Garden, a modest enclosure of 38 small plots built on Jeffco Open Space land neighboring the community center at 1 Club Drive, held its grand opening June 11.

  • Commissioners scrap county audit panel

    Two years after the county’s internal auditing department was eliminated, the county commissioners have now quietly dissolved the audit committee, providing the befuddled members no explanation for the move and no plan for how the county will handle its auditing reviews in the future.

  • Lockheed Martin planning 1,200 layoffs nationwide

    Lockheed Martin Space Systems plans to cut about 1,200 jobs by the end of the year, including positions at its Waterton Canyon location, the company announced Tuesday.

    Most of the layoffs will affect middle management, which is being reduced by 25 percent, the company said.

    The company did not announce how many jobs would be cut locally but did say the Waterton Canyon location would be affected. Positions will also be eliminated at the company’s locations in Sunnyvale, Calif., and in Delaware Valley, Pa.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A little birdwatching in the ‘hood