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  • Commissioners launch 'citizen input meetings'

    The Jefferson County commissioners launched a series of public meetings last week dubbed "citizen input meetings," aimed at interacting with the public and allowing for extensive question-and-answer sessions with county officials and staff.

    The first stop on the tour was The Peak Recreation Center in South Jeffco, where the commissioners hosted about 20 area residents.

    "We just want to keep you up to date on what we have going on in the county," said Commissioner Kevin McCasky. "We really want to get your feedback."

  • District says no decisions made on school closures

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Jeffco Public Schools says no final decisions have been made on possible school closures or changes to high school articulation areas.

    The district's Facility Usage Committee — made up of 33 community members, district employees, union representatives and others — has been meeting since March to find ways to save money with more efficient use of district buildings, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Mr. Biggs owner promises improvements

    A new owner of Mr. Biggs wants the community to know that despite incidents associated with some of his past properties, Mr. Biggs will be a family-oriented destination with public safety as a top priority.

    “There will be no negativity to this property whatsoever,” said Art Cormier. “This is a family-oriented fun center.”

    Concerns about the new direction of Mr. Biggs were raised when an electrical outage during an Oct. 10 concert attended by 1,500 resulted in more than a dozen Jeffco sheriff’s deputies responding.

  • Snowstorm eases; schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 2 1/2 feet in some parts of South Jeffco, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous during the course of the two-day storm.

    Check our website for updates.

     

  • Local couple found dead of gunshot wounds

    A couple were found shot to death Monday in a home near South Kipling Street and West Florida Avenue, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Deputies went to the home early in the morning after the couple’s daughter requested a welfare check. The deputies met the daughter at the home, and they discovered the two bodies inside.

    The preliminary investigation indicated that no third party was involved in the deaths.

    Names were being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.

  • Recovery Court helping drug-abuse defendants get clean

    Jeffco’s Recovery Court, which offers defendants with drug abuse issues an alternative to prison, got a thumbs-up from several state representatives and two county commissioners last week.

  • Jeffco budget could grow by 5.1% in 2010, to $407 million

    Jefferson County envisions a budget of $407 million for 2010, which would be a 5.1 percent increase over spending in the current year.

    According to a preliminary preview given to the county commission last week, county budget officials are projecting $407.1 million in spending next year, compared to $387 million in for 2009. The difference will be made up with more than $20 million in fund-balance spending.

  • Up to 20 students given Breathalyzer tests at volleyball game

    One student suspected of being drunk at a Dakota Ridge High School volleyball game on Oct. 9 resulted in up to 20 students being administered Breathalyzer tests, leaving some parents less than pleased.

    The parent of one of the tested students who hadn’t been drinking was furious that her son was subjected to the breath test, saying school officials had no evidence that he had ingested alcohol.

    "Why do they have the right to do that?" asked the woman, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retribution. "I think it's absolutely crazy."

  • The cutting-edge of fitness: World-class fencer brings his classes to South Jeffco

    Tom Strzalkowski believes a better path exists to mental and physical fitness that doesn't involve contact sports or grueling hours at the local gym.

    It does, however, require a sword.

    Strzalkowski sings the praises of fencing, the centuries-old martial art that tests the mind and the body. A five-time NCAA fencing champion and a member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team, Strzalkowski recently launched the Fencing Academy of Denver, with most of his classes in the South Jeffco area.

  • Five candidates running for 3 seats on school board

    Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 3 mail-in election.

    Candidates compete against each other in the district they live in, but they are elected by the citizens at large across the whole school district.

    All open offices are for a four year term. Robin Johnson is running unopposed in District 1. Laura Boggs is running against board president Sue Marinelli in District 2, which is Conifer and Evergreen. Appointee board member Rick Rush is running against Paula Noonan in Southwest Jeffco’s 5th District.