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  • Where Santa's spirit reigns

    Betty Buelter remembers her first time volunteering at the Jeffco Action Center’s annual Santa Shop, an event that provides toys for needy families during the holidays.

    Now in its fourth decade, the program has seen significant improvements. With few exceptions, the toys are all new, and the center provides gifts for about 4,000 children — something unfathomable during its first year, when only 17 families took home donated gifts.

  • Open Space funds may buy Boulder’s cooperation

    Jefferson County is hoping to spend $5 million in Open Space funds in exchange for the city and county of Boulder dropping their opposition to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, the Denver area beltway’s final link and the key to lucrative development in northwest Jeffco. 

    The land deal proposed recently by Jeffco would leverage the Open Space funds to gain Boulder’s acquiescence in construction of the toll road, an idea to which the Boulder City Council apparently is warming.

  • Entrepreneur heard a need, responded

    South Jeffco resident Laura Hansen saw an opportunity in a niche market — helping an increasingly aurally impaired population get the most out of its hearing aids.

    So the savvy entrepreneur, a former real estate appraiser, jumped at the prospect of supplying Colorado’s churches, auditoriums and other large venues with “hearing loops,” a hearing-aid-amplifying technology used in Europe for decades that is just beginning to emerge in the U.S.

  • Chatfield students pack cheer for troops

    A group of Chatfield High School students started celebrating Christmas weeks ahead of time, stuffing stockings for troops on Dec. 3 in an annual tradition in special-education teacher Sharon McManus’ class.

    More than a dozen students topped their heads with festive novelty hats resembling elves or reindeer and packed handfuls of candy, disposable razors, hand warmers and other items into 250 stockings handmade by students in the school’s family and consumer science classes.

  • Ingenuity floats their boat

    The physicist Archimedes completed his famed treatise “On Floating Bodies” more than 2,000 years ago, without knowing that swarms of Dakota Ridge High School students clad in grass skirts and Viking helmets would one day test his brilliant principle in shaky homemade vessels.

    More than 150 students packed into Carmody Recreation Center on Dec. 3, with 50 teams competing to best fabricate a pool-worthy ship from one of the most simple and widely available packaging materials.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Pushing the limits of the law

  • South Jeffco couple face trial in child-abuse case

    A South Jeffco couple face trial on charges of child abuse after prosecution testimony alleged that their adopted 6-year-old son was beaten with a belt and left malnourished.

    At a Dec. 2 preliminary hearing, Jefferson County Judge Jack DeVita found sufficient evidence to bind Christine and Randal Arnold over for a trial on child-abuse charges, noting there is significantly less burden of proof on the prosecution during a preliminary hearing. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 7.

  • South Jeffco couple face trial in child-abuse case

    A Jeffco couple face trial on charges of child abuse after prosecution testimony alleged that they beat their adopted 6-year-old son with a belt and caused him to be severely malnourished.
    At a Dec. 2 priliminary hearing, Jefferson County Judge Jack DeVita found sufficient evidence to bind Christine and Randal Arnold over for a trial on child-abuse charges, noting there is significantly less burden of proof on the prosecution during a preliminary hearing. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 7.

  • Foothills golf courses having subpar year

    Fewer golfers have walked the fairways of Foothills Park & Recreation District courses so far in 2010 compared to last year, leading the district to slash the department’s 2011 budget by more than $200,000.

    The 5 to 12 percent decline in golf course revenue reflects a trend seen in districts throughout the state, said Foothills golf director Tom Woodard, who blames the recession for the drop in rounds played.

  • Expanded shelter sees leap in cat population

    Fluff waited helplessly in the February cold for humans who never returned home to their abandoned apartment.

    The longhaired tabby cat, haphazardly splotched with matted fur, was eventually saved from freezing by a neighbor, who shortly surrendered Fluff to a shelter after determining that the small creature did not exactly flourish in a home with dogs and small children.

    Upon her arrival at Table Mountain Animal Center, which has since been relocated under its new moniker, Foothills Animal Shelter, Fluff was examined, vaccinated and shaved.