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  • 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.

  • Community comes together to help Shirl Smith's community fruit orchard

    A single pear hung from the top branch of one of more than a dozen pear trees at Feeding Many's community fruit orchard Aug. 1.

    The orchard wasn't supposed to produce fruit yet; the trees and other plants were planted at the beginning of April, and Shirl Smith, the orchard's creator and driving force, wasn't expecting anything to flower until at least spring of 2010.

    But there it was, the single pear, which Smith took as a sign.

    "It's the very example of why we're here in the first place," Smith said.

  • County website offers look at credit-card spending

    The Jeffco commissioners have charged more than $1,200 on their county credit cards since May 5, on items ranging from airline tickets to T-shirts.

    This information, available in the past through open records requests usually accompanied by several days of waiting, comes from the county's new online procurement card database, a feature the county says will increase transparency for residents wondering how their tax dollars are being spent.

  • Foothills dog park on hold - for now

    Advocates pushing for a dog park at South Jeffco's Robert Easton Park have been rebuffed and will have to find a new site.

    The proposal was opposed by residents of the neighboring Waters Edge subdivision, leading Foothills Park & Recreation District officials to scrap the idea and start over. Now the district is eyeing a portion of Jeffco Open Space land controlled by the district at the Fehringer Ranch property near the intersection of Highway 285 and South Simms Street.

  • Scam targets classified-ad customers

    Landmark newspapers in other parts of the U.S. have reported a telephone scam involving classified advertising customers.

    Several classified customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the newspaper. The customers were told that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement and asked for a credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Woman sexually assaulted in her South Jeffco apartment

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in the early-morning hours of July 20.

    According to the sheriff's office, a woman in her 40s couldn't sleep and went out on her patio about 2 a.m. July 20 at her apartment in the 7400 block of South Quail Circle (near South Simms Street and West Ken Caryl Avenue). As she was headed back inside, a man grabbed her from behind and forced her inside, where he punched her, ripped off her clothes and sexually assaulted her. He then left through the apartment's front door.

  • County's share of cultural funding drops 16 percent

    Jeffco's share of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds dropped 16 percent from 2008 to 2009, but the district still awarded more than $820,000 to various organizations and events.