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  • Effort to create off-leash dog park founders

    Efforts to establish an off-leash dog park on Foothills Park & Recreation District property apparently are dead in their tracks.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp confirmed that discussions between the district and Lynda Fine, the main proponent of a South Jeffco off-leash park, are on hold at best — or completely scuttled, at worst.

    "We decided to take a break from looking at (potential sites for the dog park) until we could find a viable, collaborative community partner," Hopp said.

  • Church inspires day of service to community

    As 12-year-old Zach Karbach of South Jeffco pulled weeds and trimmed the dead flowers in front of the Peak Community and Wellness Center on Sept. 27, he had that look.

    The look of a kid pulling weeds on a beautiful Sunday morning when it's likely he'd rather be enjoying the time away from school. But when asked if he'd rather be pulling the weeds than sitting in a church pew, the answer was almost instant.

    "This," he said, pointing at the weeds.

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday

    The deadline to register to vote in the 2009 coordinated mail-ballot election in Jefferson County is Monday, Oct. 5.

    Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    This election is being conducted by Jefferson County as an all-mail ballot election. Ballots will automatically be sent to eligible voters between Oct. 13 and 16. 

    Voters registering after Oct. 5 will be registered to vote but will not be eligible to vote in the November election. 

  • Third contractor pushing county compensation study to finish line

    Jeffco officials say an employee compensation study will come in on budget and just a bit late despite the parade of private contractors involved with the project.

    The county is studying employee compensation so it can compare its pay to private-sector jobs and similar jobs in other counties. The project also is listing job duties for every Jeffco employee.

    The project was launched in August 2008 and is scheduled for completion in early November. The results will be factored into the county's 2010 budgeting process.

  • Local couple plan to open new music venue in South Jeffco

    A Littleton couple are hoping to create a new three-stage music venue in South Jeffco that will focus on young people and families — and forsake alcoholic beverages.

    Brian and Dama Robertson formerly owned and operated the Rock & Roll Grill, a downtown Denver venue with two stages between two floors.

    "We sold that business, and we've been itching to do it again," Brian Robertson said. "But this time we want to do it right."

  • Emily's Parade is ready to roll Saturday morning

    The fourth annual Emily’s Ride will roar along U.S. 285 this Saturday from Columbine High School to Platte Canyon High School.

    Sponsored by the I Love U Guys Foundation, Emily’s Parade features two events: Emily’s Ride for motorcyclists and Emily’s Run, a 5K race in Bailey.

  • Festival says goodbye to the dog days of summer

    The annual Summerset Festival can be bittersweet.

    It's a three-day event full of music, food and fun things to do. Vendors of all types crowd Clement Park, pitching their wares to the thousands who attend.

    But Summerset, which celebrated its 25th year Sept. 18-20, does mark the end of a warm and wondrous season. And the transition couldn't have been clearer this year, as temperatures on Sunday were in the low 80s — followed by Monday’s clouds, rain and temperatures in the low 50s.

  • Longtime employee at animal hospital ‘makes everybody feel better’

    Nikki Vaughn loves her job.

    Vaughn has been reporting for work at Deer Creek Animal Hospital nearly every day for the last 25 years. Her loyalty and consistency amaze her bosses, who can’t imagine a better employee.

    It’s all the more remarkable considering that many people thought Vaughn might never be able to work at all. Nikki Vaughn, 42, has Down syndrome.

  • Hearing to determine fate of liquor store: Owner, employee face drug counts

    Mustang Wine and Spirits, next to King Soopers at Ken Caryl and Simms, could reopen in October under a different name and with new owners.

    The current owner, Ryan L. Braswell, had his liquor license suspended after he and an employee were arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana at the store.

    The liquor license was suspended in early September, and an Oct. 1 hearing before the Jefferson County Liquor Licensing Authority will determine if a new owner will be able to take over the site's license.

  • Take the eTrain: County’s new mobile training center designed to help jobless residents

    The Jeffco Public Library and the county's Workforce Center are taking their campaign for computer literacy on the road. Literally.

    The county last week unveiled the eTrain Mobile Training Lab, a converted bookmobile that boasts eight computer stations with access to the Internet. The vehicle's driver also serves as a trainer, and will lead classes in Internet skills and career-building for clients of nonprofits and for small businesses around Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties.