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  • Drug-ring leader sentenced to 16 years

    The ringleader of a multi-state drug-trafficking ring was sentenced to 16 years in prison on April 30, nearly a year after Jeffco authorities announced 23 indictments in the case.

  • Lawsuit brewing in arrest of student at political protest

    A possible lawsuit is brewing against the Jeffco Public Schools and the Sheriff's Office over the November 2008 arrest of Dakota Ridge High student Blake Benson, who was detained after a political protest at the school.

    Benson, 17, was one of three Dakota Ridge students detained at the school Nov. 3, 2008, for allegedly refusing to comply with administrators’ orders to move their political protest across the street, rather than on the school’s front steps.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Bobcat battles way back to health, is released

    Seven months after being hit by a vehicle on C-470, a bobcat has battled her way back to health and been released back into the wild.

    The bobcat was one of two crossing C-470 just north of the Morrison exit the morning of Sept. 23, 2008. Both were struck by at least one car, killing one and severely injuring the other.

    The surviving bobcat was taken to Deer Creek Animal Hospital, where she went into immediate surgery to repair two broken femurs. One of the bones required a screw and a pin, and the other required several wires and a pin.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."

  • Southwest Plaza owner files for bankruptcy: mall managers say shoppers will be unaffected

    Despite a bankruptcy filing last week by its parent company, Southwest Plaza’s management says shoppers should see little impact.

    General Growth Properties Inc., based in Chicago, which owns Southwest Plaza and owns or manages more than 200 malls and other retail properties nationwide, filed for Chapter 11 protection April 16.

    "All day-to-day operations and business of all of GGP's shopping centers and other properties will continue as usual," the company said in a statement April 22.

  • Commission votes to increase developer fees

    Developers planning projects in Jefferson County will see their costs rise July 1, but county taxpayers will still pony up most of the cost of processing projects.

    Starting July 1, the plan will allow Tim Carl, the county's development and transportation director, to incrementally raise fees over the next five years to the point where his office recovers 25 percent of what it actually costs the county to process development projects.

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

    Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

    The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    • In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in slaying

    South Jeffco resident Andrew McClay has been formally arrested in the slaying of 38-year-old Nicole Burns, who was found bludgeoned to death April 24 at McClay’s apartment on West Bowles Avenue.

     

    Deputies responded to the apartment Friday to conduct a welfare check on McClay. Upon entering, deputies found Burns’ body on the floor just inside the residence.