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  • Ritter visits Jeffco to tout employment initiatives

      GOLDEN — Gov. Bill Ritter visited Jefferson County on Dec. 10 to tout several employment initiatives in a speech at the Jeffco Workforce Center.

    Three pieces of job-related legislation were briefly detailed, as well as an introduction to the state’s CareerReady Colorado certificate program, which provides prospective employees with job-credential documents.

  • New West Physicians donates $100,000 to Jeffco Action Center

     

    The Jeffco Action Center recently received a $100,000 donation from New West Physicians, a local group of about 50 primary-care physicians serving the Denver area.

    The doctors’ group, which is composed of 13 clinics and serves about 200,000 patients, made the Dec. 10 donation at the discretion of their board of directors.

  • The cutting edge

    Jefferson County has unveiled the new crown jewel in its line of service vehicles - a hybrid snowplow, which officials say is the first in the country.

    The 2009 International truck, which came prefabricated as a diesel-electric vehicle from a Michigan company, was custom-outfitted with a hydraulic plow, sander and dump box.

  • Cold comfort: Polar Plunge participants raise $85,000 for Special Olympics

    A dip in the icy waters of Chatfield Reservoir on Dec. 5 turned out to be a very hot fund-raiser for Special Olympics.

    The second annual Polar Plunge, a Law Enforcement Torch Run event, benefited Special Olympics Colorado by raising at least $85,000. The 305 participants, many of whom sported festive wigs and holiday outfits, brought in pledges for swimming out to a sign, touching it and getting out of the 34-degree-Fahrenheit water as quickly as humanly possible.

  • CDOT Launches free iPhone App

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new iPhone application to help people make smart choices about designating a sober driver. Increased “Heat Is On” DUI enforcement began over the Thanksgiving weekend and will continue at various times through New Year’s.

  • Jeffco Action Center receives grant

    The Jeffco Action Center has received a $40,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its programs.

  • 24-year sentence in ‘76 murder of South Jeffco woman

    Ricky Lee Harnish, 54, received the maximum sentence of 24 years in prison for the 1976 rape and murder of South Jeffco resident Holly Marie Andrews, under the terms of a plea agreement.

    The sentencing was handed out Monday in a Georgetown court in front of members of Andrews’ family.

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said he felt relieved the case was finally over after so many years. He added that Harnish had been in county custody for more than a year.

  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

     

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit Dec. 9 against former county commissioner Jim Congrove when jurors awarded him $1,791 — a number corresponding with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Zinna case against Congrove goes to jury

    Jurors are deliberating the lawsuit by longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. The suit alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, Congrove targeted Zinna for investigation, defamation and harassment, in violation of Zinna’s First Amendment rights.

    A commercial photographer testified Dec. 7 in federal court that he had a falling out with Zinna after Zinna failed to pay him for work he’d done on the website Coloradoexposed.com.