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  • Coffee shop is a training ground at Workforce Center

    Jefferson County has a new addition to its Workforce Center that has employees buzzing: a small coffee shop that serves locally roasted beans and provides barista training to special-needs students and clients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

    Training Grounds, the aptly named café, offers everything one would find in a commercial coffee operation. Coda Coffee Co. provides fair-trade beans, and all of the sandwiches are made fresh daily by Warren Tech culinary-arts students.

  • Mr. Biggs owner trying to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

  • Man gets 40 years in sexual assault of South Jeffco resident

      A Littleton man was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week following a guilty plea to charges related to a 2009 attack on a 59-year-old woman in her South Jeffco home.

    Ryan Iliff, 23, admitted to failed attempts to gain access to another area home earlier on June 26, 2009. He gave up and went to the house next door, broke in and sexually assaulted the woman in her bedroom.

  • Pena wrestles home second state title

    DENVER - Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

  • Mr. Biggs’ owner apparently intends to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

    Owner Art Cormier, who faces charges related to alleged nudity at the center during a fashion show, has agreed to an immediate 15-day suspension of Mr. Biggs’ liquor license, should the business continue to be operated by Cormier or manager Larry Crook after March 20.

  • Crime decreases in Jeffco during ‘09

    Crime rates in Jefferson County dipped slightly in 2009, though the number of homicides was equal to that of the preceding four years combined.

    The county experienced a total of 3,037 major crimes, including homicides, thefts, unlawful sexual behavior and other crimes in 2009, down from 3,317 in 2008, according to data from the Sheriff’s Office. The total number of minor crimes, such as forgeries, fraud cases and trespassing, also ebbed, going from 5,708 in 2008 to 5,356 last year.

  • Events to benefit breast cancer victims honor Dakota Ridge grad

      Life is not the same for Deana Paprocki since she lost her 28-year-old daughter, Tessa, last year to breast cancer. But part of the grieving mother’s healing process is to let other women suffering from the disease know they aren’t alone.

    Paprocki and her surviving daughter, Amy Bartleson, are organizing a bowling benefit in Tessa’s memory that will raise money for cancer research and help provide mammograms to uninsured women.

  • Art is fine with Falcon Bluffs students

    Colorado painter Julie Madrid might never have imagined her work hanging in the main office of a South Jeffco school.

    But three Falcon Bluffs Middle School students hand-selected one of the artist’s iconic sky-scape paintings at last year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival, after the school won a $500 grant to obtain fine art. Madrid delivered the work last week and took time to speak with students about her life as an artist.

  • Liquor license hearing for Mr. Biggs rescheduled for Feb. 18

      The liquor-license hearing for Mr. Biggs scheduled for Feb. 4 has been rescheduled for Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

    The hearing comes two months after a fashion show at the South Jeffco entertainment center that led the sheriff’s office to file multiple charges against owner Art Cormier and manager Larry Crook. About 45 women, some allegedly topless and having their bodies painted, were found behind a curtained-off area at the Dec. 18 event, the sheriff’s office said.

  • An offering for Shiva

      Rajesh Kaul knelt, preparing an abundance of vibrant flowers, as head priest K.C. Upadhyay led a prayer. The fresh petals, sprinkled gently into a silver bowl, were an offering to lord Shiva.

    Feb. 12, “the night of Shiva,” is considered a particularly auspicious evening on the Hindu calendar, and it’s one of the most important holidays in the religion. Hindus call it “Maha Shivaratri.”