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  • ‘A day when everything is right with the world’

    Natalie Ruiz could not have been more proud when her son Micha had his day in court.

    On Nov. 20, National Adoption Day, she officially became the mother of the bouncy 5-year-old.

    “I feel like a real mom now,” said Ruiz, a Lakewood resident. “I know I was, but now it’s official.”

  • Three library trustees lose positions

    Three of the seven Jefferson County Public Library trustees lost their seats in office Tuesday, as the county commissioners appointed new members, including Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was recently unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

    Hartman recused herself from the decision, and a unanimous vote among Commissioners Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky followed for new appointees Buddy Douglass, Ray Elliot and Hartman.

  • County tax break says, yes, we can

    Aluminum-can manufacturing giant Ball Corp. is seeking a $2,875,000 tax break from Jeffco, citing a new product line to be produced at the company’s Golden plant that it predicts will result in more than $156 million in economic benefits to the county.

  • School officials get earful at budget forum

    Compensation levels for school administrators and spending on under-utilized schools raised ire among a crowd Nov. 13 at a forum on school district budget cuts.

    Jeffco Public Schools officials met with parents and community members in five locations across the district to collect input on $28 million in proposed budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year, including a reduction of 318 staff members through attrition or layoffs.

  • 2 deputies accused of beating passenger after traffic stop

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are named in a federal lawsuit alleging they pulled an intoxicated passenger from a car in March 2009, beat him and shocked him with a Taser before taking the man to a detox facility.

    Plaintiff Michael Pearson was riding in a vehicle driven by Karen Payne, a former aunt-in-law of Deputy Brandon Payne, who is a defendant in the suit.

  • Honoring local veterans

    Students at Columbine Hills Elementary School bid farewell to a handful of tattered United States flags at a Veterans Day ceremony, cutting the patriotic fabric into strips before placing the frayed bits into a fire and burying the ashy remains.

    The time-honored flag-retirement process was guided by West Metro and Littleton firefighters, who supervised wispy flames jumping from two iron basins.

  • Small fire extinguished near Wadsworth and Bowles

    Littleton firefighters responded at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 to a fire in a large metal trash bin in a parking lot near the Red Lobster restaurant at 5656 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

    The fire, which consumed bits of wood and other construction scraps, sent flames over the edge of the bin, as well as a plume of dark gray smoke that was visible from several miles away. The short-lived blaze was extinguished within about 10 minutes by two firefighters, who donned gas masks and entered the bin.

    The fire crew’s chief said the cause of the fire was not determined.

  • Jeffco man arrested after standoff with deputies

    A South Jeffco man who barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 16 after a SWAT team smashed through the home’s reinforced front door.

    David Rothe had reportedly refused to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office for months, having allegedly locked himself inside the home on two other occasions since it was sold over the summer at a foreclosure auction.

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  • Permits available for cutting Christmas trees

    Even though the Halloween candy hasn’t yet turned stale, it’s time to think about the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

    The U.S. Forest Service is offering $10 cutting permits for Christmas trees in the Pike National Forest near Buffalo Creek.

    Tree-hunters can purchase up to five permits, according to Barbara Timock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Last year the Forest Service sold 7,000 permits. This year, Timock is encouraging people to get their permits early.