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  • Amendment 54 ruffles feathers among Jeffco officials

    A state constitutional amendment that bars sole-source government contract holders from contributing to political campaigns caused some consternation at the Taj Mahal on Feb. 12, with county elected officials saying the ban is too broad.

    Amendment 54, which was approved by Colorado voters in November 2008, prohibits contractors with more than $100,000 in contracts with any government entity from contributing to political candidates, political action committees or political parties. It also applies to the immediate family of the contractor.

  • Legislation on sewer rates on hold

    A bill born from the conflict between the city of Littleton and South Jeffco water and sanitation districts is dead in the water, as the parties continue to negotiate. But the legislation still could resurface.

  • Former Jeffco commissioner Dave Auburn dies

    It started with stomach pains in August 2008.

    Then came the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and an estimate from doctors that Dave Auburn — businessman, former Jefferson County commissioner and, most notably, family man — had four months to live.

    "He beat those odds," said Linda Auburn, who lost her husband Feb. 11 to pancreatic cancer.

    Auburn lived to see his 63rd birthday on Jan. 21, the same day as his 20th anniversary.

  • Cold facts on ice safety

    A Chatfield State Park ranger who rescued a fisherman who fell through the ice in early February says the incident calls to mind the precautions necessary for recreation on frozen water.

    Michael Judd, the ranger, said in a statement that the fisherman had walked about 50 yards out onto the ice at Chatfield Reservoir, but the surface was unstable due to recent warm temperatures. The angler, who has not been identified, was not wearing a life jacket or any other personal flotation device, and was fishing alone.

  • County to bring stricter cell tower rules on line

    Jefferson County says its regulations on cell phone towers will be tougher when changes are made to zoning and permit laws this spring.

    But for the many people upset when cell towers seemingly pop up out of nowhere in their neighborhoods, there still will be no formal notification system.

    County officials say residents who want to know if a tower is coming to their area will have to search the county's permit database or look for signs on private land indicating a special-use permit.

  • County workers, officials get acquainted

    Jefferson County employs more than 2,000 people, but many of them hardly know one another.

    In an effort to change that — and to let employees meet newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin and newly appointed Treasurer Tim Kauffman — the county commissioners hosted a party in their office Feb. 12.

    "We're all a team," Becky Baker, a 13-year veteran of the county building department, said while holding a cup of punch and cruising the commissioners' fifth-floor digs at the Taj Mahal. "This kind of reinforces that. That's the good of it."

  • Missing any lawn art?

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is trying to find victims of a crime spree that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Lawn art was stolen from homes across South Jeffco on Feb. 1, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. The homes hit were in an area roughly bordered by South Pierce Street, South Wadsworth Boulevard, West Bowles Avenue and C-470 to the south.

     

  • Hartman on the hot seat at CoHOPE meeting

    An umbrella group for area homeowner associations peppered Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman with questions for an hour on Feb. 4 about everything from property assessments to the county's ability to respond to zoning violations.

    Hartman, who spoke at the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment, took most questions in stride, and she deferred on some issues to Tim Carl, Jeffco's director of development and transportation, who also attended the meeting.

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  • Applications for gun permits soar in Jeffco

    President Obama's one-word slogan during last year's campaign — “change” — has meant different things to different people.

    But many people in Jefferson County apparently feel that one change will mean stricter gun-control laws, as the sheriff has been busy with applications for concealed-weapon permits.

    The sheriff's office issued 2,314 concealed-weapon permits in 2008, more than double the number issued in 2007 and more than three times the total for 2006.

  • 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.