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  • Mr. Biggs becoming Fun City

    Mr. Biggs is undergoing a name change, with the new moniker seemingly hearkening back to the entertainment center’s two prior titles.

    Fun City, which has a color-saturated logo complete with a flaming bowling ball and checkered race flag, is the new name replacing the old Mr. Biggs emblems around the building and on the business’ website. The name appears to pay homage to Funplex and Fat City, the two businesses that preceded Mr. Biggs at the location at Coal Mine Avenue and South Kipling.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • A day to remember

    Columbine High School is closed today to remember the 12 students and a teacher slain there by two students on April 20, 1999.

  • Survey shows more Jeffco residents pleased with quality of life

      Results of a recent county-funded survey indicate Jeffco residents are increasingly content with the county’s quality of life, though the majority of respondents show signs of being civically disengaged.

    Results from Jeffco’s 2010 National Citizen Survey, which had a 45 percent response rate for the 3,000 surveys mailed, show that more residents view the county as a good place to live, compared to results of a 2004 survey.

  • Jeffco airport lands federal funds for projects

      Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport stands to receive almost $900,000 in federal funds this year for projects such as a wildlife study and runway maintenance.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is spending more than $700,000 to help fund a wildlife hazard assessment, a new landing-path system for one runway and an environmental assessment that would ultimately extend a safety area beyond a runway.

  • Former county administrator Moore sues Jeffco

      Former county administrator Jim Moore filed a lawsuit April 5 against Jefferson County and its three commissioners, alleging the county violated provisions of his employment contract and wrongfully fired him.

    The suit, which puts forth six claims of relief, also notes that Moore was terminated shortly after county critic Mike Zinna won a lawsuit against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. Moore testified during the lawsuit, saying Jeffco officials attemptedto silence Zinna in 2005. Moore’s complaint alleges his termination on Dec.

  • Eastwood appears in court; hearing delayed until April 28

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, facing charges in the shootings of two students at Deer Creek Middle School, appeared in a courtroom for the first time April 6, at a preliminary hearing that was ultimately continued until later this month.

    Public defender Katherine Spengler asked for the continuance in light of nearly 2,000 pages of discovery presented by the prosecution. Many of the discovery documents, which include 600 pages of Eastwood’s journal entries, are illegible, she said.

  • Mr. Biggs’ liquor license revoked

     

    The future of Mr. Biggs remains uncertain in the wake of a marathon hearing before Jeffco’s liquor-licensing authority that ended with revocation of the entertainment center’s liquor license.

    The two-day hearing featured all the histrionics of a courtroom drama, with lawyers raising their voices during cross-examination of witnesses. The proceeding ended with two board members thoroughly chastising the troubled facility’s former management.

  • County eyes parcel in Wheat Ridge for new services hub

      Jefferson County could soon be relocating several large offices to a new building that would be built in Wheat Ridge.

    The county is sending a letter of intent to the city of Wheat Ridge indicating a desire to purchase a 7-acre property near West 44th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, where a county-services hub would be built.

  • Jeffco resurrects HR director position

     

    Jefferson County has hired a new human resources director, resurrecting a position that was eliminated in 2007 by former county administrator Jim Moore.

    Jennifer Fairweather, previously human resources director for the Denver Human Services Department, began her job at Jeffco on March 31.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell stressed that Fairweather’s position is a new one, at least in terms of the county’s administrative structure.