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  • Search launched for missing woman, 83

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public in finding a missing 83-year-old woman, Bobbye Benham. The South Jeffco woman was believed to have been driving to a nursing home in Denver to visit her husband, but never arrived.

    Benham has short-term memory loss and difficulty hearing. When visiting her husband, she normally wears black slacks and a black jacket and carries a medium-size black purse. She wears glasses, which are not seen in the photo.

  • Everett wins against Parker in state House District 22

    Republican Justin Everett convincingly won the election for state representative from House District 22 against Democrat Mary Parker with 22,698 votes, or 53 percent. Parker, a political newcomer, garnered 18,867 votes in the Republican dominated district.

    A South Jeffco native and former president of CoHOPE, Everett launched the campaign season by winning a tough primary against Republican Loren Bauman.

    Parker came on strong with an energetic campaign, experience as a small-business owner, volunteer experience and a working mom. 

  • Commission race too close to call

    More than a week after Election Day, the county commission race in District 2 between incumbent John Odom and challenger Casey Tighe remains undecided, with thousands of provisional ballots still unrecorded.

  • Democrat Kerr captures Senate District 22 seat

    In a Jeffco race that attracted a considerable amount of money from outside groups, Democrat Andy Kerr won over Republican Ken Summers in state Senate District 22.

    Kerr captured 52.37 percent of the vote to Summers' 47.63 percent.

    South Jeffco residents were flooded with mailers targeting both Kerr and Summers in the last few weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

  • Voters return DeGette to Congress

    Incumbent Democrat Diana DeGette was an early winner in Colorado congressional races, easily defeating Republican Danny Stroud in the redrawn 1st District.

    DeGette had 53 percent of the vote, versus Stroud with 42 percent. Degette's victory coincided with Barack Obama's, who captured 51 percent of Jefferson County votes, compared to Mitt Romney with 47 percent.

  • Open Space outlines 2013 projects

    Jefferson County Open Space unveiled a list of goals for 2013, including building 4 miles of natural surface trail on South Table Mountain.

    Amy Ito, manager of park planning and construction, outlined the plans in a study session at the monthly meeting of the Open Space Advisory Committee on Nov. 1.

    The $3.45 million budget includes $1.4 million to complete a design/build contract for 4 miles of the Peaks to Plains trail from Mayhem Gulch west to Clear Creek County along Clear Creek.

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  • Foreclosures leveling off in Jeffco

     As home foreclosures level off in Jefferson County, the home price index for the Denver area increased 5.5 percent from August 2011 to August 2012 — not exactly a surge, but perhaps a mini-surge.

    It was the eighth year-over-year increase in a row for Denver and the largest year-over-year increase since January 2002, according to the Case-Shiller home price index released Oct. 30.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Suspect arrested; holiday preview; library meetings

    Police arrest pair in homicide

    Investigators from the Littleton Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with the Aug. 13 death of Walter Zucchetti, 66, of 5995 S. Sycamore St.

    One of the suspects has been identified as Teddy Puente, 37. The other name, a juvenile female, is not being released. Both have been arrested and are being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Puente is at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility. The second suspect is being held at the Foote Center.

  • Foothills holding the line on expenses

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District may not be out of the woods financially in every respect, but thanks to a relentless program of penny-pinching, belt-tightening and frill elimination, the district has managed to keep projected 2013 operating expenses almost even with 2009 outlays.