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  • Q&A with District 2 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 2 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

    Zulauf: If elected as County Commissioner, my primary goals will be land preservation, water conservation, and ecologically responsible development in Jefferson County.

  • Ken Caryl student hit by car

    A 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student was injured Sept. 4 when she was hit by a car in front of the school.

    Danielle K. Barker, 13, was walking across Ken Caryl Avenue in a designated crosswalk when she was hit by a 1997 black Cadillac Catera driven by Dustin Wert, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Barker was taken by ambulance to Littleton Hospital, then by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Denver.

  • Off-road policing: 'Resident deputies' live in the remote areas where they work

    When Jefferson County sheriff's Deputies Mike Sensano and Ronnie Newman head to work, they know they have a lot of backup.

    Not so much from their fellow deputies — who are often 30 to 40 minutes away— but from residents of the remote and rugged communities where they live and work.

    "We are a part of the community," said Sensano, a gruff Hawaiian with the calloused hands of a ranch hand. "And the community is part of us."

  • Salazar says Jeffco voters will support Obama

    First-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar believes Jeffco voters will support Barack Obama in the presidential election this fall because he can relate to many middle-class issues.

  • Gift from one local angel touches many

    Dolores Wood believes in angels.

    "There's angels all over the house," Wood said with a gentle smile, pointing to the various glass figurines arranged around the living room of her South Jeffco home.

    But Wood recently encountered an angel outside her home — a stranger who paid for more than $200 in medications needed for her daughter Trudy's cancer treatment.

  • Noonan brought populist approach to DNC

    South Jeffco resident Paula Noonan was thrilled to cast her vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. But Noonan believed that her duties as a delegate went much further.

  • Accident kills Littleton man

    Bradley J. Miller, 24, of Littleton died about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 when his car was broadsided by a truck at South Simms Street and West Bowles Avenue.

    Miller was stopped at a red light east on West Bowles, and police said he pulled his car into the intersection while the light was still red into the path of a Dodge Ram truck driven by Christopher Dalton, 20, of Littleton.

    Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. Krystle Rankin, 25, of Fort Collins was in the car with Miller and sustained serious injuries. She was taken to Swedish Hospital.

  • Software takes on the hard job of planning road work

    To maintain county roads each year, the Jeffco Road and Bridge Department burns through 114,000 tons of asphalt and 650,000 gallons of diesel fuel — on a network of roads that adds up to 2,860 lane-miles.

    Add to that the soaring costs of fuel and asphalt and the tight times faced by the county budget, and the human mind boggles at finding the most cost-efficient ways to plug the potholes.

  • Parent group gives failing grade to earlier school start

    The lack of enthusiasm for school openings in mid-August is beginning to take its toll.

    Jefferson County Schools started on Aug. 12, except Conifer and Evergreen schools, which started Aug. 19.

    But Superintendent Cindy Stevenson told parents Aug. 21 the district is reconsidering its decision to begin classes earlier.

    Speaking at a regular meeting of the school board, Stevenson said: “We are working on doing a later start. Everybody wants a later start. Everyone also wants a mini-break in October, and they want finals to end before Christmas.”

  • Coffman, Eng squaring off in 6th Congressional District

    After Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman won the bruising, four-way Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, many political pundits pegged him as the next congressman from the GOP stronghold.

    But Arapahoe County Democrat Hank Eng hopes to prove the pundits wrong.

    Eng, an engineer and pilot with experience in the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development,      is quick to remind anyone that the 6th Congressional District "is not a Republican entitlement."