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Local News

  • Jeffco schools await stimulus funds

    Jeffco Public Schools officials are still waiting for direction on how federal stimulus money will flow to the district nearly two months after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package into law.

    But Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says the district will be ready to move on several programs once the money hits the district’s coffers, which may be sooner rather than later.

    Colorado's largest school district has several programs it wants to expand once the estimated $23 million in federal stimulus money shows up.

  • Citizen panel favors borrowing money for county projects

    Jefferson County should borrow $60 million to $65 million for projects such as a $40 million jail expansion and a $6.5 million building to house the health department and the clerk and recorder.

  • Another hat in 6th CD ring: Highlands Ranch lawyer hopes to capture Dem nomination

    Barely three months into his first term as congressman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Mike Coffman already has two challengers gunning for his job in 2010.

    The latest contender is Democrat David Canter, a Highlands Ranch resident who says his 20 years as a lawyer have given him the skills necessary to not only win the Democratic nomination but to beat Coffman.

  • Spring interrupted: South Jeffco residents get Mother Nature’s drift

    A spring snowstorm slammed South Jeffco and much of the state on March 26, days after near-80-degree temperatures had some people putting their snow shovels and winter clothes away. But not everyone was disappointed by the foot of flakes that blanketed the area.

    “This is the best day in my life,” said Kayla Beyerlein, who enjoyed a morning of sledding and laughs with her family March 27 on a gentle hill in Clement Park. Kayla, 6, was with her parents — Katie and Kevin Beyerlein — and her younger brother and sister.

  • Dogged determination: Lynda Fine still working to establish off-leash dog park

    A plan to use part of a Foothills Park & Recreation District park for a dog park has run into some snags, but the woman behind the proposal is not giving up.

    “It was a curve I wasn’t expecting, but that just pumps me up even more to get this done,” said Lynda Fine, who’s been trying since November 2008 to establish an off-leash dog park in the area. “We can’t just sit back and let this drag on.”

  • Kopp rips boost in vehicle registration fees

    South Jeffco’s state senator says an increase in vehicle registration fees will take money from Colorado taxpayers at a time when they can least afford to give it.

    “My issue with this bill was that we’re in a recession, and family budgets are crunched,” said Sen. Mike Kopp, a Littleton Republican. “Maybe now is not the best time to gin up a very large new fee that functions basically like a tax on people.”

  • Family escapes South Jeffco house fire

    Five members of a South Jeffco family escaped uninjured March 25 after waking up to find their home in flames.

    The early-morning blaze left the home at 7377 S. Flower St. uninhabitable, and the family will be displaced for at least six months.

    The fire may have started near a backyard grill, according to Micki Trost, spokesperson for West Metro Fire Rescue. Flames traveled up the rear of the home and worked their way in, causing extensive damage. The homeowner woke up and was able to evacuate his wife and three daughters ages 7, 8 and 11.

  • County ‘sales pitch’ irks citizen budgeters

    Some members of the citizen panel asked to prioritize $277 million in county spending over the next four years are growing tired of the “sales pitch” from the county and want to get to work.

  • County must borrow more to build animal shelter; groundbreaking now scheduled for June 15

    The weak economy and an “unrealistic fund-raising timeline” have forced the county to borrow more money for the Table Mountain Animal Center project, according to the shelter’s spokesman.

    “It was never realistic for us to reach $3 million in actual money by the time they break ground,” said Ben Drotar, TMAC spokesman. “With the current economic climate, and the problems that pretty much happened at the end of October, that threw a little wrench in the spokes.”

  • County still behind on food-stamp applications

    Nearly 200 Jeffco families awaiting food assistance have endured waits between 35 and 40 days — five to 10 days longer than federal law allows.