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  • 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.

  • Friends of Dinosaur Ridge bid on building

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge are trying to buy the former Sikh temple at 17681 W. Alameda Parkway for use as either an addition or replacement for the existing visitor center at Dinosaur Ridge.

    The owner is listed on the Jefferson County assessor’s website as Colorado Sabha Singh.

    The building is about a mile away from the existing visitor center and is on Alameda Parkway, which is used by many to access Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A one-story structure built in 1961, it has about 2,000 square feet on the main level and 45 parking spaces.

  • Multifamily complex proposed at Belleview and Simms

      Some residents at a community meeting Oct. 25 expressed concerns about three-story buildings, fences, drainage, runoff and expanding soils in connection with a development group’s plan to seek rezoning to build an apartment complex at South Simms Street and West Belleview Avenue.

     

    The proposed complex includes 17 buildings and 316 units on 13.5 acres on the northeast side of the intersection.

     

  • Sigg formally charged with murder in Jessica Ridgeway slaying

    The suspect in the abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway has been charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault of a child and two counts of crimes of violence.

    Austin Reed Sigg, 17, is also facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted sexual assault and attempted second-degree kidnapping in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman who was jogging at Ketner Lake on May 28.