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  • Dem drops out of CD6 primary race: Canter hopes to help former rival Flerlage unseat Mike Coffman

    One of the two Democrats vying for Congressman Mike Coffman's seat in the 2010 election has dropped out of the race.

    David Canter, a Highlands Ranch attorney, says fund-raising challenges led him to end his 10-month campaign. That leaves South Jeffco's John Flerlage as the only Democrat in the race.

    "During my fund-raising and meeting with people, a lot of people in the 6th Congressional District were staying on the sidelines," Canter said. "That wasn't doing John any good, and it wasn't doing me any good."

  • Chatfield High to be open Monday for first day of school

    Chatfield High School will be open on Monday to all students and staff after 500 freshmen were forced to evacuate the building Aug. 21 as a result of an airborne irritant.

    Two dozen Chatfield High School students and staff were taken to hospitals Aug. 21 after the unidentified irritant made them ill. About 500 freshmen at the school for orientation had to evacuate.

  • Jeffco boosts funding share for animal shelter: Proposal has foundation, municipalities backstopping $1.5 million outlay

    A deal that would have Jeffco taxpayers foot an additional $1.5 million for the Foothills Animal Shelter project with the promise of being repaid within five years seems headed for approval.

    County staff recently suggested spending an additional $1.5 million from the general fund to make up for slow fund-raising on the part of the Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation.

    The new shelter, which will replace the Table Mountain Animal Center, is set to open in fall 2010 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • 7-year-old South Jeffco burn victim succumbs to injuries

    Logan Miles, the 7-year-old boy who was severely injured in a July 17 house fire, has died from his injuries.

    Family members say the boy died Aug. 6 after surgery related to his injuries at a California hospital, according to Marni Gusich, one of the boy’s aunts.

    “Considering how bad he was burned, he was doing well,” Gusich said. “But overall he was still in critical condition.”

  • County files motion to restrict former attorney’s testimony in lawsuit

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless may have violated attorney-client privilege by offering to testify against the county in a federal wiretapping lawsuit, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, and the county is now asking a federal judge to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • County hopes to get cities involved in funding new animal shelter

    Jeffco officials are trying to broker a deal that would ease the county's financial obligation for funding a new animal shelter and shift some of the burden to cities in the county.

  • Jeffco investment manager projects 2.3 percent return in 2009

    Jeffco’s investment managers expect to earn $7 million in investment income in 2009, which would be an average 2.3 percent return.

    Jeffco treasury officer and portfolio manager Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Aug. 4 that the county’s investment portfolio was at about $304 million at the end of June and that the county had already earned nearly $4.3 million on interest in 2009. Earnings are expected to rise to $7 million by the end of 2009, Hubbard said.

  • South Jeffco man arrested, accused of attempted murder

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Aug. 4 after he apparently shot at an insurance claims investigator.

    Marshall C. Lawson, 27, is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder.

  • Nothing too Phishy

    The weekend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre by the rock band Phish were subdued as far as law enforcement was concerned, allaying fears that these concerts would be a repeat of the last time Phish fans flooded the Morrison area.

    “I was the on-call (police spokeswoman) over the weekend, and I wasn’t advised of anything major happening,” said Detective Sharon Avendano of the Denver Police Department. Red Rocks and the park’s parking lots are owned and operated by the city of Denver.

  • Five-vehicle crash on C-470 leaves motorcyclist dead

    A five-vehicle crash left one man dead Monday evening on C-470 near the Ken Caryl Avenue exit. The highway was closed for three hours.

    According to the Colorado State Patrol, a little before 5 p.m. a Chrysler driven by 19-year-old Brock Hornung of Arvada was headed west on C-470 in the left lane. His car went off the left side of the highway near the Ken Caryl Avenue exit and struck a pole. The car continued into the eastbound lanes, hitting a motorcycle, a Chevy S-10 pickup and a Toyota Camry. A fifth vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was struck by debris.