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  • Kopp holds first virtual town hall meeting

    State Sen. Mike Kopp’s first “virtual town hall meeting” went off with only one technological glitch on March 23, but the bigger issue may be ensuring that constituents who don’t agree with Kopp get a chance to weigh in.

  • DA Storey wants to extend term limits for his office

    For Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey, eight is definitely not enough.

    Term limits mean that Storey must leave office when his second four-year term ends in 2012, but he’s determined to stick around. And so, he will soon propose to the county commissioners that the limits be extended to let him seek another term.

    “As it applies to the DA, and as it applies to those offices that are not necessarily policy-makers but have a specialty attached to them — like the sheriff, for example — I felt like eight years is not enough,” Storey said.

  • Open Space could save $5 million by refinancing loans

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division might be able to buy more land after it refinances more than $70 million in loans to take advantage of low interest rates.

    “Unfortunately, the economy is bad, but it also creates the opportunity for us to do better with our bonds,” said Open Space Director Ralph Schell.

    Schell said the open space program took out about $160 million in loans in 1999 to buy land. The county currently pays an average interest rate of 4.94 percent on the remaining debt, but prevailing rates are nearly 2 points lower.

  • Head of the class: Sheriff's fleet provides miles of fun for Head Start students

    Nothing revs up a group of 3- to 5-year-olds like a room full of big, shiny vehicles with flashing lights just waiting to serve as their personal climbing gym.

    And for 15 Head Start students who recently took a field trip to a garage housing the Jeffco sheriff’s vehicle fleet, smiles and laughter were in high gear.

  • Boulder architect missing for more than a month found dead in Jeffco

    Gregory Franta, an architect from Boulder missing for more than a month, was found dead in Jefferson County on March 10 when the Colorado State Patrol responded to a car accident off Colorado 93.

    Franta, 58, was driving south a few miles north of Golden in a 2006 white Honda Civic, according to a preliminary investigation. It is believed that his car went off the right side of the road, and he tried to correct, but the car rolled several times down a steep embankment, hitting several trees before coming to rest on its roof.

  • Bennet says $900 million in stimulus funds will prevent school layoffs

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says that $900 million in federal stimulus money headed to Colorado for educational purposes will prevent layoffs at school districts statewide, but Jeffco Public Schools officials say they aren’t so sure.

    Bennet said the federal government is doling out $44 billion in stimulus funding that will be available to state education budgets in 30 to 45 days.

  • Kopp to host ‘virtual’ town hall meetings

    State Sen. Mike Kopp is hoping to get better connected to his sprawling South Jeffco district with the help of the Internet.

    But Kopp isn’t planning to start posting videos on YouTube. Instead, he will kick off a series of “virtual” town hall meetings with his constituents. With the help of Gotomeeting.com, which is designed for online business meetings, Kopp will meet online with up to 15 constituents to discuss timely legislative topics.

  • Commissioners reject increases in development fees

    A proposal by county staff to raise some fees paid by developers was shot down March 3 by the county commissioners.

    Tim Carl, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, proposed raising certain fees from $100 to $450 over the next three years. Under Carl’s plan, some fees would have increased 25 percent each year through 2011, when they would have been frozen for three years. Starting in 2014, the fees would have been adjusted every three years in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Jeffco takes steps to speed processing of food-stamp applications

    Jefferson County is taking steps to more quickly process food stamp applications, after the county was cited as leading the state in failing to process the applications within the federally required 30 days.

    Lynnae Flora, acting director of Jeffco’s community assistance division, said more of the division’s employees are working overtime in an effort to more quickly process the applications. The division’s workers are also getting more training, she said.

  • County gets $6 million to mitigate effects of foreclosures

    Jefferson County is set to receive $6 million from the federal government to offset the effects of foreclosed homes, but none of that money is currently headed to South Jeffco.

    Community Development Director Jacqui Pickett told the county commissioners March 3 that the county will get $6.01 million through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The money can be used to buy foreclosed or abandoned residential properties, redevelop them, and sell them to families that earn less than $86,000 annually (120 percent of Jeffco’s median income).