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  • Coffee Party creates a buzz

      The Coffee Party, a viral political phenomenon that bills itself as an alternative to the conservative Tea Party movement, is gathering steam across the country, including a following in Jefferson County.

    The group, a tongue-in-cheek parody of its tea counterpart, held a national Coffee Summit on March 27 and 28 that included a meeting in Belmar, one of more than 400 individual events in all but five states.

  • Not the retiring sort

      An employee at a South Jeffco assisted-living center helped raise $1,675 last week for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, presenting a check to the group on the day before she officially retired from a decade of service at the facility.

    At 65, cancer survivor Dee Fernandez has the energy of a 20-something, and has used some of that gusto to organize the annual burrito and tostada bar fund-raiser at The Gardens at Columbine senior-living center.

  • Employment workshops planned

    The Jeffco Workforce Center is sponsoring a series of employment workshops beginning April 7 geared toward active job seekers and people thinking about career changes.

    Faith Community Church in South Jeffco will host the Wednesday classes, which range in topic from accepting job loss to preparing for interviews. A series of seven two-hour workshops is scheduled for a cost of $25 for the entire course.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.

  • Crash in Arizona kills Littleton woman

    A spring break car accident in Arizona killed two area young people, one of them from Pine, and injured two others, one from Bailey.

    Damon Johnson, 19, of Pine, and Katelyn Henning, 20, of Littleton, died in the early-morning rollover accident on March 13 west of Kingman, Ariz. The driver, Andrew Schall, 20, of Bailey, was injured; he was treated and released. A third passenger, Nichole Franco, 19, of Littleton was injured and flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Haitian dance troupe puts recovery in motion in visit to South Jeffco

    Bill Nathan was seven stories above the ground when Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake struck the small island country. Nathan fell, slamming into another building, before coming to rest 80 feet below. He broke ribs, fractured vertebrae, bruised his liver and tore a patellar ligament.

  • Foothills to lower tax rate south of Hampden

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will be lowering mill levy rates in 2011 for the majority of residents in its service area. The district refinanced some existing debt and expects to save more than $1.3 million over 10 years, and those savings are being passed on to taxpayers.

    Residents of Subdistrict A, which is south of Hampden Avenue, will receive the mill levy reduction. The refinanced debt includes bonds approved in 2001 to cover the cost of building The Ridge Recreation Center, Weaver Hollow and Deer Creek pools, athletic fields and other projects.

  • Caucus numbers healthy but don't approach throngs of '08

      More South Jeffco residents seemed to make their way to the caucuses than in many prior years, but attendance was nonetheless tepid compared to the politically electric caucuses of 2008.

    Active members of the party camps gathered at local schools March 16 to informally vote on candidates in their respective parties. Residents also selected precinct delegates for county assemblies and spoke about important issues they want their parties to address.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    Up to a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in South Jeffco by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous.

    The snow was expected to continue until early Wednesday afternoon.

     

  • ‘American Idol’ run ends for former area resident

    A former South Jeffco resident achieved international fame recently, having made her way to the top 16 contestants in the ninth season of “American Idol.”

    Singer Lilly Scott, 20, whose parents live in the area, won over the show’s sometimes finicky judges and thousands of fans, who sent in text-message votes in attempts to keep her on the show.

    She was cut from the running last week, when the show’s four contestants receiving the bottom rung of votes were cast off.