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  • Theft victim learns his spoons, and forks, took trip up the hill

    Kevin Schneider doesn’t understand why thieves took the spoons. 

    Schneider, owner of Schneids’ Smokeshack restaurant in Littleton, said everything at his restaurant is tasty, but he was left with a sour taste in his mouth when thieves stole his catering business’ trailer and emptied it of everything from tents to tableware.

  • Jeffco land deal riles Golden residents

    A Golden-based grassroots group opposed to the proposed Jefferson Parkway drew about 400 people to a meeting Jan. 18 in the auditorium of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

    The toll-road plan is being scrutinized in the wake of Jefferson County's offer to help buy $5 million of open space (Section 16) along Colorado 93 in exchange for Boulder dropping its opposition to the highway.

  • Jefferson County opposes independent library district

    Efforts to create an independent library district in Jefferson County are being fought by the Board of Commissioners, who intend to keep the existing library system’s assets and mill levy, should an independent district emerge.

    The commissioners, who recently received a 1,354-signature petition favoring the new district, on Tuesday rejected the county’s participation in the venture.

  • School board puts off decisions on facilities

    The Jeffco school board opted Jan. 20 to postpone decisions on a series of facilities changes, which include closing a number of the district’s schools and moving many sixth-grade programs to the middle-school level.

    In South Jeffco, Shaffer Elementary School’s challenge program would be relocated to Ute Meadows Elementary School, and a number of preschool programs would be moved from mobile classrooms to the main buildings. Such changes could have occurred as early as the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Foreclosures down 5 percent in Jeffco in 2010

    Foreclosure rates declined by less than 5 percent in Jefferson County last year, though a backlog in the wake of a brief national moratorium may be partially responsible.

    The county recorded 3,849 new foreclosures in 2010, down from 4,027 the year before.

    And while the number of foreclosures has remained relatively steady, the causes are changing, said county public trustee Margaret Chapman, citing a trend away from variable interest-rate loans. Today, more mortgage holders are simply losing their homes as a result of the economy, she said.

  • County’s investments expected to earn less this year

    Jefferson County’s 2011 investment portfolio earnings will be only about half of 2010 levels, officials said Jan. 18, citing drooping interest rates in the bond market.

    Net earnings last year reached more than $5 million for the county, though interest rates on current investments have decreased. Anticipated investment earnings for 2011 total $2.5 million.

  • Engineering interest in science, math

    Using handfuls of clay as a boat-building medium, Ken Caryl Middle School’s female students received a brief tutorial in physics and a larger lesson from a pair of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholars: Math and science are not exclusively the province of boys.

    The impromptu ship building, a demonstration of Archimedes’ Principle of Buoyancy, was indeed a challenge for a room of about 50 girls, who worked in small groups to build vessels intended to float despite the density of the material.

  • Commissioners delay repayment for loan linked to campaign contributors

    Jefferson County on Tuesday granted a decade-long grace period on a loan of more than $6.4 million to an undeveloped metropolitan district for construction of the C-470 and Alameda interchange.

    Green Tree Metropolitan District, which is governed by at least one developer who has contributed substantially to Jeffco Republican campaigns, borrowed the money in 2007 from the county to help construct the $17 million interchange.

  • McCasky stepping down as county commissioner

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky announced Jan. 19 he will be stepping down from his elected position to accept a job as president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council.

    McCasky, 50, a Republican whose term would have run through 2012, had previously sat on the JEC’s board as a representative of the county. His hiring was unanimously approved Jan. 19 at the nonprofit’s board meeting.


    The four-step method — minus one
    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.