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  • Crime continues decline in South Jeffco

    Crime has been steadily declining in South Jefferson County over the last few years, and that trend largely continued in the second half of 2008.

    Both serious and less-serious categories of crime have decreased in South Jeffco since 2004, when there were 4,475 “part 1,” or serious, crimes reported. That same year there were 7,437 less-serious, or “part 2,” crimes. In 2008, those numbers had fallen to 3,317 and 5,708, respectively.

  • Jeffco residents can view crime maps online

    Ever have your car vandalized, and need a police report for the insurance company?

    In the past, you had to head down to the nearest sheriff’s station, which for residents of unincorporated Jefferson County can mean a lengthy car ride.

    But not anymore.

  • HOA threatens to pull out of CoHOPE, form another coalition

    The Columbine West Civic Association — a homeowner association claiming to represent 1,494 homes — likely will pull out of CoHOPE and try to take other groups with it in a spat over voting power.

    CoHOPE, or the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment, is a coalition of South Jeffco homeowner associations and individuals that meets monthly to discuss common concerns. As of Feb. 3, the group claimed to represent 8,208 South Jeffco households.

  • Local kids suit up for Colorado Science Bowl

    What is the name of the enzyme that synthesizes DNA? What do you call the range through which temperature changes more rapidly with depth?

    If you said “DNA polymerase” and “thermocline,” you might have been able to keep pace with the scores of Colorado high school students that squared off Jan. 31 in the 19th Colorado Science Bowl, hosted by Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Commissioners allocate $850,000 to help disabled

    The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be able to help between 12 and 16 more people get off a decades-long waiting list this year after the Jefferson County commissioners approved more than $850,000 in funding.

    Art Hogling, DDRC's executive director, said the money will be used to help more than a dozen more people by purchasing a new group home, expanding transportation services and installing fire suppression systems in three of the DDRC's existing buildings. The additions would also create 20 jobs, Hogling said.

  • Jeffco celebrates 20-year relationship with county in Taiwan

    Three flags greet people when they arrive at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden: the U.S. flag, the Colorado flag and the Jefferson County flag.

    On Jan. 29, however, the county's flag came down and Taiwan's went up in its place, signifying a 20-year relationship between Jeffco and Pingtung County, the southernmost county in Taiwan.

  • RTD: Voters support tax hike for FasTracks

    The Regional Transportation District says more than 60 percent of residents in the eight-county Denver metro area would support a tax increase to finish the FasTracks expansion by 2017, but some in South Jeffco aren't so sure.

    "I don't think that would happen," said Justin Everett, a South Jeffco Republican who is president of CoHOPE, a coalition of area homeowner associations. Everett said CoHOPE hasn't taken an official position, but his personal opinion is that a tax increase wouldn't fly.

  • A public servant for three decades

    Faye Griffin wants Jefferson County residents to know that she’s just a regular person. She might be a politician, but the newly elected District 1 county commissioner said she sure doesn’t feel like one.

    “I don’t really feel like a politician. I don’t. I’m just a person,” Griffin said. “It’s just different.”

  • A public servant for three decades

    Faye Griffin wants Jefferson County residents to know that she’s just a regular person. She might be a politician, but the newly elected District 1 county commissioner said she sure doesn’t feel like one.

    “I don’t really feel like a politician. I don’t. I’m just a person,” Griffin said. “It’s just different.”

  • Proposal dampens spirits at liquor stores

    After losing last year’s bid to sell beer and wine, supermarkets and convenience stores are putting their efforts behind legislation to let them sell full-strength beer.

    The movement has caused alarm among liquor store owners like Scott Risley of Super Liquor Mart at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street.

    “It’ll put a lot of stores out of business,” Risley said. “How could it not?”

    He said there would be no way for the smaller stores to compete with the bulk buying power of large, interstate grocery chains.