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  • 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.

  • Night lights: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield shines with the Christmas spirit

    As the Hogback was silhouetted by the encroaching dusk on Dec. 2, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield joined the eternal battle between darkness and light by illuminating more than 1 million Christmas bulbs.

    Those greens, blues, reds and whites are part of the Gardens' first-ever Trail of Lights, which nightly transforms the trees and riverbanks into a holiday wonderland. The Trail of Lights opened to the public Dec. 3 and will run through Jan. 4. People can visit between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily, and more than 4,500 turned out for the member-only night Dec. 2.

  • Sheriff working with bars, liquor stores on enforcement

    Earlier this year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted sting operations at 51 liquor stores and bars. Cadets under age 21 with either fake IDs or no IDs were able to buy liquor at 28 of the 51 establishments. That 55-percent failure rate was not acceptable to Capt. Daniel Gard and other sheriff's office staff.

  • Jersey guy is brought down

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A would-be thief tried to score a Brandon Marshall jersey at the Sports Authority on West Bowles Avenue on Dec. 9, but a security guard flagged him down and sent him to the sidelines.

    The light-fingered Broncos fan allegedly used a handy tool to liberate the theft-prevention device from the jersey before stuffing the prized sweater down the front of his pants. He then headed for the goal line. A security guard tackled the thief outside, and he ultimately was flagged for theft and criminal mischief.

  • South Jeffco Chase Bank robbed

    The Chase Bank branch on West Bowles Avenue east of C-470 was robbed Dec. 1. The branch, at 13184 W. Ida Ave., confirmed the robbery to the Courier Dec. 2 but wouldn't release any details.

    "We will work with local and federal law enforcement to apprehend any suspects," said Mary Jane Rogers, the regional spokeswoman for Chase Bank.

  • Hit-run driver strikes 13-year-old near Wadsworth and Chatfield

    A 13-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver about 6:40 a.m. Dec. 12 near the intersection of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Chatfield Avenue.

    Taylor Hunt was walking north while crossing a frontage road on her way to a nearby bus stop when she was hit from behind, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The car that struck her did not stop.

    Taylor was taken to Littleton Hospital in an ambulance. She was released that afternoon.

  • South Jeffco legislators hope committee assignments pay dividends for residents

    South Jeffco’s three Republican legislators say their committee assignments will bring benefits to residents of the area, despite the decidedly Democratic leaning at the statehouse.

    Sen. Mike Kopp

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, will serve on four committees in 2009. He'll sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Legislative Council. He'll also sit on the Senate's education and transportation committees, which he said might have a more direct impact on South Jeffco residents.

  • Local holiday sales show mixed results for big weekend

    A quick survey of retailers and shoppers at Southwest Plaza Mall on Dec. 1 found mixed reviews when it came to sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for stores.

    "It was phenomenal," said Josh Melver, general manager at the Sears store at Southwest Plaza. "The customer response was amazing."

    Melver said the store opened at 5 a.m. Nov. 28, but most of the staff came in about 3:30 that morning. Those employees were busy all day, he said, with lines at every register through about 4 p.m.