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  • County critic wins appeal in First Amendment case

     An appeals court has ruled that Jeffco critic and talk-show host Mike Zinna is entitled to receive reasonable attorney fees beyond the $8,000 he initially was awarded in connection with his 2009 First Amendment lawsuit against former Jefferson County commissioner James Congrove, who died Jan. 10 of heart failure.

    Check out the June 13 print edition of the Courier for a full story.

  • School board votes to put tax increase on ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put a property-tax increase on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

    County residents will vote on a $39 million mill-levy increase and a $99 million bond issue. The mill levy would represent a tax increase of about $111 per year for the owner of a $250,000 home. The bond would represent an increase of $19.80 per year for the same home.

    However, a bond issued in 1992 is scheduled to retire in December, so the net impact of the measures would be about $40 per year for the owner of a $250,000 home.

  • Season's first free concert at Clement Park canceled

    Threatening weather canceled the summer's first free concert at Clement Park on Thursday night.

    The performance by Chris Daniels & the Kings, part of the free summer concert series sponsored by the Foothills Park & Rec District, was rescheduled for Thursday, July 26.

    For updated information on the concert series, visit www.ifoothills.org.

  • Jeffco again enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County has enacted a fire ban on selected portions of the county because of high fire danger, and fire restrictions already in place will continue.

    The fire ban applies to unincorporated areas west of C-470, west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470, or west of Colorado 93.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Jeffco again enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County has enacted a fire ban on selected portions of the county because of high fire danger, and fire restrictions already in place will continue.

    The fire ban applies to unincorporated areas west of C-470, west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470, or west of Colorado 93.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Youth career search open house slated June 13

    Jeffco YouthWorks is holding a Job Safari Open House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 13 at the Jefferson County Workforce Center, Laramie Building, 3500 Illinois St., Golden.

    Job Safari is a free summer camp for youths ages 14 to 21 that provides an opportunity to explore different jobs and industries. Tours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizations include Flight for Life, Golden Fire Department, Jeffco Sheriff's Office, Golden Water Treatment Plant, Sports Authority Field and others.

  • South Jeffco GOP ‘statesman’ Spielman dies at 83

    Charles Richard "Dick" Spielman Jr., a prominent figure in Republican politics in South Jeffco for more than 40 years, died unexpectedly May 28 at Littleton Adventist Hospital at age 83.

    The cause was undetermined, his wife said, although he had previously had some respiratory problems. He was born in New York, N.Y., on June 27, 1928.

  • GOP contenders in House race face off at library forum

    The two Republican contenders in state House District 22 unofficially kicked off the race with a forum sponsored by the Foothills Republican Club on May 29 at the Columbine Library.

    The winner of the GOP primary in the South Jeffco district will face Democrat Mary Parker in the General Election on Nov. 6.

    A crowd of 60 people nearly filled the meeting room to hear political newcomer Loren Bauman face off against community activist Justin Everett.

  • A little night music

    Break out the blankets and the picnic baskets — it's time to kick off the first of 13 free summer concerts at Clement Park beginning Thursday, June 7.

    A tradition for 22 years, the series is produced by the Foothills Park & Recreation District and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

    The first group in the lineup is Chris Daniels and the Kings, an R&B and swing group from Evergreen that has had international exposure.