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  • $2.2 million grant will make county buildings more efficient

    Jeffco taxpayers could save more than $250,000 a year on utility costs for county facilities in coming years thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the federal government.

    The county will formally accept the money next week and begin working with contractors to develop a plan to upgrade the energy efficiency of some of its buildings. The county has 180 days after accepting the funds to commit 100 percent of the grant money, and three years to spend it.

  • A new approach, on the Rox

    Owning and managing a business is a lot like being the parent of a new baby — it takes time, money and energy to nurture your offspring to maturity. For Rox Bar and Grill owners Chang Lee and Yumi Ogai, there is more than one new baby in their life.

    Lee and Ogai became parents for the first time four months ago to a baby boy named Siwon Ryan; they also took ownership of Rox Bar and Grill on Oct. 16. As if that weren’t enough change in their life, Lee and Ogai also relocated to Littleton from east Aurora three weeks ago so they could be closer to their new business.

  • Jeffco on track for $7 million in investment income in 2009

    Jefferson County is on track to earn about a 2.6 percent return on nearly $270 million in investments in 2009, according to the county's investment manager.

    Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Oct. 27 that the county had earned $6.13 million on $267.9 million in investments through Sept. 30, and that it would finish "just a smidge" over $7 million by the end of the year.

    The biggest chunk of county investment money is invested in Federal Home Loan Bank funds, to the tune of more than $73 million.

  • Existing law must handle car-bicycle conflicts

    Several weeks after the Jeffco commissioners formally decided they would not seek legislation giving them the power to restrict bicycling on county roads, Commissioner Kathy Hartman says the cycling-versus-motorist issue comes down to one simple thing.

    Both sides need to follow the existing law.

    "We tell everybody to obey the law, and tell everybody that we are going to continue to enforce the law," Hartman said.

  • Two incumbents defeated in school board races

    Paula Noonan defeated incumbent Richard Rush for South Jeffco's District 5 school board seat in Tuesday's election.

    Noonan, a Democratic activist who operates two legislative-related websites, won the race by 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent .

    In District 2, Evergreen resident Sue Marinelli lost her seat on the board to challenger Laura Boggs, a business consultant. Boggs captured 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.6 percent for Marinelli, a former teacher and the current board president.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Jeffco voters reject bid for term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of letting elected officials run for three consecutive terms.

    Allowing every elected official in Jeffco besides the county commissioners to run for three consecutive terms instead of the current two was broken into two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. The district attorney's position was listed by itself, and voters rejected that proposal by nearly 20 percentage points, with 58 percent of voters saying no and 41 percent approving.

  • RTD, county still at odds on light-rail issue

    RTD and Jefferson County are still trying to resolve a sticking point in the agreement concerning the light-rail line being built to serve the Taj Mahal.

    Construction work has become very visible along West Sixth Avenue during the past several months on the west corridor light-rail line — which will run between downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building. But one issue remains on the table: What would happen to the station and the parking garage if light-rail service were to end for some reason.

  • Area survives what is now just a melting memory

    Schools and law enforcement agencies were generally pleased with their response to the massive snowstorm that hit Jefferson County last week.

    The season’s first major snowstorm is but a melting memory now, but the onslaught shut down schools for two days and forced many South Jeffco residents to miss work.

    Other than the inconvenience, though, the area fared pretty well.

  • Man fatally shot by SWAT Team after five-hour standoff

    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.