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  • Nita the goose has met Harry and Sally

    Nita the goose is lonely no more.

    The 7-year-old goose, who lost her mate two months ago has found two new friends, a mated pair named Harry and Sally.

    Harry and Sally also are white Chinese geese like Nita, and they came to Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, through a High Timber Times subscriber.

    “She didn’t want her name used in the paper,” Marie said. The woman had rescued the two geese but she already had chickens, so she didn’t especially want the geese.

  • Of the teens and by the teens

    The Jeffco Public Library is relying on a logical approach to help young people stay engaged with books and other library offerings: Teens trust teens.

    The portion of the library’s website that features teen-targeted and teen-authored blogs experienced a 50 percent increase in traffic from 2010 to the end of 2011, teen services librarians say.

  • Littleton may ease penalty for late sewer payments

    Residents would be granted a five-day grace period for late sewer and storm-drain payments under a measure the Littleton City Council is considering.

    Late fees would also be reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent, or by about $23 for Littleton residents outside of sanitation districts, a change driven by customer complaints about unusually high fees and an unforgiving deadline.

  • Two candidates vying for Foothills board seat

    Two candidates are vying for the Foothills Park & Recreation District board of directors seat in Ward 5, although no candidates came forward for an open seat in Ward 2, including incumbent Jill Nunes.

    Incumbent Keith Sutton was the only candidate to register in Ward 1 for the May 8 election, ensuring he will retain his seat. In Ward 5, incumbent Terri Maulik will run against former Jefferson County Public Library trustee Clarence Kissler.

  • A local brew

    A new independent coffee shop in South Jeffco has brewed up a mélange of local flavor, and the owners hope the shop's neighborhood feel draws area coffee — and pastry — lovers.

    Tammy Teixeira and her husband, Rick, owners of Foothills Coffee, entered the restaurant business when they took over Chatfield Sports Bar in October 2010 at South Simms Street and West Brandt Avenue. They remodeled the bar, installed a dance floor and began hosting trivia nights.

  • Democrats rally their base at caucuses

    Democrats didn’t have a presidential-candidate straw poll to spark mass interest in their March 6 caucuses, but that didn’t deter South Jeffco residents from coming out to voice support for President Obama and local party candidates.

    Dozens filled the Chatfield High School auditorium, where candidates and campaign representatives spoke to rally support before the group split into precincts to select delegates for the upcoming assemblies and conventions.

  • Young ‘jewels’ shine in life

    When Dakota Ridge senior Melba Njenga moved from Nairobi to the United States at age 12, she felt years older than her new peers.

    Having been raised in a culture that demanded school performance under the threat of physical punishment, she had trouble identifying with students who might invest more time in Xbox than plotting x-y intercepts. School was easier here, and not surprisingly the expatriate Kenyan was at least a full year ahead of other students her age.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    English standards in decline

  • 24-year sentenced handed out in sex-abuse case

    A Jefferson County judge on March 9 sentenced James Craig Bird to 24 years to life in prison, the maximum possible sentence, in connection with the sexual abuse of several children over a period of years.
    Bird, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a single count of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust in a pattern of abuse. He had been charged with manipulating and assaulting several children to whom he served as a father figure.

  • Electrical fire guts South Jeffco home

    A massive electrical fire March 5, apparently caused by high winds, burned a home at 8327 S. Carr St. in South Jeffco.
    No one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the two-story house. The home was considered a total loss, with about $300,000 in damage.
    The homeowner was vacuuming in the early afternoon, when she smelled smoke. The woman immediately exited the house and called 911. An off-duty West Metro firefighter who lives less than a block away quickly responded, preparing a hydrant for the fire crew before they arrived.