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  • South Jeffco's Rosier takes on Hartman in commission race

    South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

    Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Groups help pay shooting victim's medical bills

    Medical expenses may have been the last thing on Pattie Duhamel’s mind after her son Matt Thieu was shot Feb. 23 outside Deer Creek Middle School. Thankful that Matt’s life was saved by medical teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital, tens of thousands of dollars in bills was, by comparison, a trifling detail.

    But facing more than $90,000 in charges from the hospitals and an ambulance ride, Duhamel, who works as a caregiver for a quadriplegic young girl, found herself months later struggling to address the daunting sum.

  • 400-acre fire at Lockheed fully contained

    A grass fire that spread to about 400 acres on Lockheed Martin’s property near Roxburough State Park was fully extinguished Sunday evening after burning for more than two days.

    Though no structures were at risk, about 50 horses were evacuated from a nearby stable on Saturday morning. The fire began after 4 p.m. Oct. 8 and did not cause any injuries.

  • Economy, spending hot topics at candidate forum

    A crowd of more than 200 heard a variety of candidates voice their views at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5, but one gubernatorial campaign pulled out of the event at the 11th hour.

    Though Denver Mayor and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper had pledged to send his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Joe Garcia, the campaign withdrew from the forum the day before, saying the event too closely resembled a debate.

  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • Policy muzzles school board members

    All but one Jeffco school board member is barred from speaking to the press about issues related to the board’s activities, a board member recently informed the Columbine Courier.

    Under a policy adopted in 2000, only the Board of Education president, currently former Jeffco district attorney Dave Thomas, is allowed to respond to press queries on all topics not exclusive to a single board member.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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