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  • 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.

     

  • Hepatitis scare reported at local Albertsons

    People who bought produce at the Albertsons at West Bowles Avenue and South Platte Canyon Road may have been exposed to hepatitis A and are encouraged to contact the Tri-County Health Department for vaccinations.

    It was initially reported that customers who bought produce between April 6 and 21 needed to be tested, but it turns out the Albertsons worker who tested positive for hepatitis A could have spread it as far back as late March.

  • Chatfield High student urges students to race on track, not streets

    Megan Rhodes, a sophomore at Chatfield High, has teamed with the Colorado State Patrol to urge her classmates to race cars on a track rather than the street.

    Her words carry weight, because Rhodes is a straight-A student — and because, for fun, she races dragsters at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Her everyday car is a 2007 Roush Ford Mustang.

    Rhodes spoke April 21 at a news conference with Colorado State Patrol troopers and metro area police officers to promote the Take It To The Track program, which lets licensed drivers race at Bandimere Speedway.

  • Sheriff pitches idea for government services building in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink thinks it's silly for the county to make more than $170,000 in lease payments each year in South Jeffco when it could buy the space.

    "We're paying $171,000 on leases right now," Mink said. "Wouldn't it be a better use of taxpayer dollars to invest that in a permanent structure?"

  • Stitches in time: Jeffco inmates trim sentences by sewing hats, blankets for those in need

    Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.