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  • Stories of the year

    Anyone living in South Jeffco knows how generous this community can be. And during 2008, a few more people and a bobcat found out.

    Tessa Paprocki recently learned she has stage 4 breast cancer. Paprocki, 28, found out about her illness in October, days after giving birth to her son Landon. Her friends and family hosted a fund-raiser a few weeks later at an area bar, netting more than $23,000. On Dec. 19, her friends and family hosted another fund-raiser at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Illuminating Christmas

    As the weather turns frosty and the holidays approach, one South Jeffco family faces 100 hours of labor, a $200 increase in their electric bill, and a lot of rubber-necking motorists driving by their home.

    But for the Flanders family, it’s all more than worthwhile.

    How much do Matthew, Linda and Rachel Flanders love Christmas?

    • 25 tannenbaums worth.

    • Enough to have their Woodburn home festooned inside and out with enough holiday finery to fill two rooms and a shed when they dismantle the displays.

  • Jeffco coroner in group with other Denver area medical examiners

    Jeffco’s coroner has joined other Denver area medical examiners in a group dedicated to developing training practices and other procedures.

    Even though a statewide coroners group existed, the metro area medical examiners began gathering about a year ago to discuss issues relevant to their more urban jurisdictions.

    Katherine Loughry-Stemp, who was elected Jeffco coroner in 2007, recently asked the county commissioners to endorse her membership in the group.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in attempted kidnapping

    A South Jeffco man was arrested Dec. 16, accused of attempting to drag his estranged girlfriend into a home in the 9700 block of West Unser Avenue.

    Chris Mackey, 41, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, a parole violation and misdemeanor obstruction of a police animal, according to Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • GOP legislators plan stimulus package

    South Jeffco's state senator says Republicans will push several bills in the upcoming legislative session that will serve as their version of an economic stimulus package.

    "No doubt, people are feeling an economic pinch," said Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, chair of the GOP caucus. "There's a lot of anxiety out there."

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.

  • Chatfield High grad returns home to open medical practice

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.