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  • Loughrey-Stemp touts compassion in role as coroner

    Jefferson County Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp had recently experienced the deaths of her husband and her mother when she was elected in 2006. Her personal struggle with grief, along with her training as a mental-health nurse, has added a level of compassion to an office few people are happy to visit, she said.

  • County will cut $30 million in spending in 2011

    Jefferson County is planning to cut nearly $30 million from its budget in 2011, officials said Oct. 12, citing a decrease in one-time funding from other agencies, including the federal government.

    With tax revenue remaining stable for the year, the $477 million budget is currently planned to spare employees from layoffs but will apparently not provide salary increases.

    Cuts, including $750,000 from the general fund operating budget, will help balance additional spending of $2.6 million for increased medical insurance costs for county employees.

  • Brush fire along C-470 extinguished

    A small brush fire along westbound C-470 near Platte Canyon Road likely caused by a discarded cigarette burned about 2 acres on the hillside Wednesday before being extinguished around 1 p.m.

    The fire burned for half an hour before fire crews squelched the flames.

    “We had two units on scene,” said Littleton Fire Rescue spokesman Jim Hofstra. “The fire was put out very quickly.”

  • Accident on C-470 claims second victim

    A driver critically injured in Monday’s rollover crash on C-470 north of the Alameda interchange has died, following the death of her 8-year-old daughter at the accident scene.

    Denver resident Lynn Brower, 40, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital and was pronounced dead hours after the crash at 7:45 p.m., the coroner’s office said. Brower and her daughter, Mariah, were heading south on C-470 when their Ford Explorer collided with another car. The SUV consequently tumbled down the hillside next to the highway.

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  • Kerr takes circuitous route to political world

    State Rep. Jim Kerr calls his path to politics a chance event, one he did not foresee during his lengthy career in the automotive service industry. The House District 28 incumbent is up for re-election this year, and he says he holds an edge over Democratic challenger Steve Harvey, citing his voting history as a “common sense” legislator.

    Kerr, 66, who was initially appointed by a vacancy committee to replace outgoing Rep. Don Lee in 2005, said he developed a taste for local politics after attending a caucus.

  • Desire to serve spurs Harvey into HD 28 race

    South Jeffco Democratic candidate Steve Harvey is very much aware of the slim odds of his unseating state House District 28 incumbent Jim Kerr.

    But Harvey, a globally traveled intellectual who earned a law degree at age 50, has used his campaign to make a mark on the local community, regardless, he says, of the 2010 election’s outcome.

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners.

    But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.

  • Kearns runs as write-in in 6th district

    Michael Shawn Kearns, 52, a retired military intelligence officer with no previous experience in elected office, has launched a low-key campaign as an unaffiliated, write-in candidate in the 6th Congressional District, which includes Evergreen.

    Other candidates in the running are incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, Libertarian Rob McNealy of Aurora and Democrat John Flerlage of Littleton.

  • Challenger Radeff cites negotiation skills, business acumen

    House District 22 challenger Democrat Chris Radeff has been practicing law for 16 years, experience that she says makes her an ideal candidate for the state legislature.

    As a family-law attorney, the Lakewood resident has guided hundreds of families through divorce, with most ending in amicable settlements, she said. And though she openly plugs her negotiation skills, she also cites years of running a successful small business as indicative of economic aptitude.