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  • Local couple found dead of gunshot wounds

    A couple were found shot to death Monday in a home near South Kipling Street and West Florida Avenue, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Deputies went to the home early in the morning after the couple’s daughter requested a welfare check. The deputies met the daughter at the home, and they discovered the two bodies inside.

    The preliminary investigation indicated that no third party was involved in the deaths.

    Names were being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.

  • Recovery Court helping drug-abuse defendants get clean

    Jeffco’s Recovery Court, which offers defendants with drug abuse issues an alternative to prison, got a thumbs-up from several state representatives and two county commissioners last week.

  • Jeffco budget could grow by 5.1% in 2010, to $407 million

    Jefferson County envisions a budget of $407 million for 2010, which would be a 5.1 percent increase over spending in the current year.

    According to a preliminary preview given to the county commission last week, county budget officials are projecting $407.1 million in spending next year, compared to $387 million in for 2009. The difference will be made up with more than $20 million in fund-balance spending.

  • Up to 20 students given Breathalyzer tests at volleyball game

    One student suspected of being drunk at a Dakota Ridge High School volleyball game on Oct. 9 resulted in up to 20 students being administered Breathalyzer tests, leaving some parents less than pleased.

    The parent of one of the tested students who hadn’t been drinking was furious that her son was subjected to the breath test, saying school officials had no evidence that he had ingested alcohol.

    "Why do they have the right to do that?" asked the woman, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retribution. "I think it's absolutely crazy."

  • The cutting-edge of fitness: World-class fencer brings his classes to South Jeffco

    Tom Strzalkowski believes a better path exists to mental and physical fitness that doesn't involve contact sports or grueling hours at the local gym.

    It does, however, require a sword.

    Strzalkowski sings the praises of fencing, the centuries-old martial art that tests the mind and the body. A five-time NCAA fencing champion and a member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team, Strzalkowski recently launched the Fencing Academy of Denver, with most of his classes in the South Jeffco area.

  • Five candidates running for 3 seats on school board

    Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 3 mail-in election.

    Candidates compete against each other in the district they live in, but they are elected by the citizens at large across the whole school district.

    All open offices are for a four year term. Robin Johnson is running unopposed in District 1. Laura Boggs is running against board president Sue Marinelli in District 2, which is Conifer and Evergreen. Appointee board member Rick Rush is running against Paula Noonan in Southwest Jeffco’s 5th District.

  • Standoff ends with fatal shooting of suspect

    A five-hour standoff in a South Jeffco home ended in death Oct. 23 as a man pointing a gun at Jeffco SWAT Team members was fatally shot.

    The standoff started when a woman called police to her home at 11345 W. Crestline Drive at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22, saying her adult son was upset and had fired a gun in the house, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Deputies could hear additional gunshots from inside the home when they arrived. Reverse 911 was used to call 175 homes in the area and request that residents stay inside their homes and away from windows.

  • Awash in generosity: Donated water features help county inmates nurture job skills, self-worth

    Some county jail inmates with hot water in their past have found new hope in the cool cascade of a new calling.

    Barry Fox of Falls by Fox did not offer a cold shoulder when asked to donate a water feature and help Jeffco jail inmates learn about ornamental horticulture. The result was a cool change in perspective for some inmates.

    "I told 'em, 'Hell, I'll donate two,’ " said Fox, standing next to a waterfall that he, his staff and a group of Jeffco inmates built last week at the jail's rose garden.

  • Term-limit questions, school board elections on November ballot

    South Jeffco voters will weigh in on term-limit extensions for county elected officials and new school board members on November's mail-in ballot.

    The proposed term-limit extensions were driven primarily by District Attorney Scott Storey, who announced last spring that he'd like to seek a third term. Jeffco elected officials are allowed to serve only two consecutive terms, so Storey wants to ask voters if they will allow him and Sheriff Ted Mink to run for a third.

  • County health department seeks more smoking restrictions

    Officials at the Jeffco health department want the county’s anti-smoking laws to be even stricter than those enforced by the state, but at least one county commissioner thinks the suggested clampdown may go too far.

    "Workers should be able to have clean air," said Dr. Mark Johnson, director of the Jeffco Department of Health and Environment, as he described the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Law. "It's a good law, but not as good as it could be. It's only moderately strong."