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  • Jeffco credit rating improves

    Jefferson County’s credit outlook improved slightly last month following a review by Moody’s Investors Service of Aaa-rated government agencies.

    Though Jeffco retained its current Aaa rating, which is the highest possible score, its outlook improved from “negative” to “stable.” Two days after Moody’s assigned a negative outlook to the U.S. government’s Aaa rating last August, it did the same for all Aaa-rated local governments linked to the federal government.

  • Proposed Jeffco map puts bike lanes on Kipling

    A proposed bicycle and pedestrian map recently unveiled by Jefferson County would transform the length of Kipling Parkway into a bike highway, adding about 20 miles of bicycle-specific lanes from C-470 in South Jeffco to West 64th Avenue in Arvada.

    The 40- to 50-year plan also identifies existing trails as bike and pedestrian thoroughfares and would add bicycle lanes to networks of other roads throughout the county.

  • A teaching tool in the Cabinet

    Photos and mementos from Powderhorn Elementary School principal Mike Freeman’s half-dozen humanitarian trips to Africa adorn his office, leaving anyone who enters little doubt the man has ties to the largely impoverished continent.

    Glancing briefly at the photos, the bearded father of six recalls trips on which he and other volunteers taught residents basic first-aid and simple medical procedures, empowering them to help themselves.

  • Moore pleads guilty to charges in Southwest Plaza bombing

    A man charged with planting a homemade bomb in Southwest Plaza Mall last April pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to related counts in federal court.

    Earl Moore, 65, had previously pleaded not guilty to an arson charge in May. A plea agreement was not available at press time, though Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

  • Roller hockey league looks to revive glory days in the new year

    South Jeffco resident Curtis Fulster was 11 when he developed a taste for roller hockey, slapping pucks across the makeshift parking-lot rink at the former Funplex site in the halcyon Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League.

    Now 24, the Dakota Ridge High School grad has seen the league burgeon to hundreds of players and construct a world-class $2.5 million two-rink indoor facility nearly Kipling and 285.

    And lately, he’s seen it struggle.

  • Building a better community, one grappler at a time

    As young students tangle and contort on a floor of wall-to-wall mats, jui-jitsu instructor Steve Hordinski watches and gently corrects the young combatants.

    Hordinski, owner of Relson Gracie Colorado, is in the business of molding youngsters into more confident people, one technique at a time.

    “We want to make an impact on the community in a positive way,” Hordinski said. “We want to teach leaders here.”

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  • A year of change

    2011 was a time of change in South Jeffco. The usually quiet community experienced dramatic political changes through a controversial redistricting and reapportionment process. Local agencies began slashing budgets in a time of economic crisis. The school board election proved to be one of the most contentious battles in the state.

  • Waterton Canyon reopening delayed until March

    Denver Water has postponed opening Waterton Canyon until March 1 because a contractor hired to dredge massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir is running behind schedule.

    In addition, less than half of the dredging work specified in the $30 million contract has been completed, Denver Water has paid the contractor, New York-based Sevenson Environmental Services, only a little more than half of the $30 million and the two groups are locked in an out-of-court contract dispute, the details of which have not been divulged.

  • Conifer couple surrenders 38 Pomeranians

    A Conifer couple surrendered 38 Pomeranians last month to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, flooding Foothills Animal Shelter with dozens of small dogs in need of medical attention.

    The octogenarian couple, Raymond and Phyllis Kooken, who for years have sold puppies out of their home, voluntarily relinquished custody of all but 10 of their Pomeranians. The couple will be allowed to sell five puppies and to keep five, which are older, provided the dogs are sterilized.