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  • Commissioners allocate $850,000 to help disabled

    The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be able to help between 12 and 16 more people get off a decades-long waiting list this year after the Jefferson County commissioners approved more than $850,000 in funding.

    Art Hogling, DDRC's executive director, said the money will be used to help more than a dozen more people by purchasing a new group home, expanding transportation services and installing fire suppression systems in three of the DDRC's existing buildings. The additions would also create 20 jobs, Hogling said.

  • Jeffco celebrates 20-year relationship with county in Taiwan

    Three flags greet people when they arrive at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden: the U.S. flag, the Colorado flag and the Jefferson County flag.

    On Jan. 29, however, the county's flag came down and Taiwan's went up in its place, signifying a 20-year relationship between Jeffco and Pingtung County, the southernmost county in Taiwan.

  • RTD: Voters support tax hike for FasTracks

    The Regional Transportation District says more than 60 percent of residents in the eight-county Denver metro area would support a tax increase to finish the FasTracks expansion by 2017, but some in South Jeffco aren't so sure.

    "I don't think that would happen," said Justin Everett, a South Jeffco Republican who is president of CoHOPE, a coalition of area homeowner associations. Everett said CoHOPE hasn't taken an official position, but his personal opinion is that a tax increase wouldn't fly.

  • A public servant for three decades

    Faye Griffin wants Jefferson County residents to know that she’s just a regular person. She might be a politician, but the newly elected District 1 county commissioner said she sure doesn’t feel like one.

    “I don’t really feel like a politician. I don’t. I’m just a person,” Griffin said. “It’s just different.”

  • A public servant for three decades

    Faye Griffin wants Jefferson County residents to know that she’s just a regular person. She might be a politician, but the newly elected District 1 county commissioner said she sure doesn’t feel like one.

    “I don’t really feel like a politician. I don’t. I’m just a person,” Griffin said. “It’s just different.”

  • Proposal dampens spirits at liquor stores

    After losing last year’s bid to sell beer and wine, supermarkets and convenience stores are putting their efforts behind legislation to let them sell full-strength beer.

    The movement has caused alarm among liquor store owners like Scott Risley of Super Liquor Mart at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street.

    “It’ll put a lot of stores out of business,” Risley said. “How could it not?”

    He said there would be no way for the smaller stores to compete with the bulk buying power of large, interstate grocery chains.

  • Everybody Jump!

    People will be bouncing off the walls inside the old Albertson's building at South Kipling Street and West Bowles Avenue this spring.

    Tim Crawford, a businessman from Golden, is opening an indoor trampoline fun center called Jump Street in the building, hoping to give South Jeffco a new way to play.

    "It's something the whole family can do," Crawford said while taking a break from removing old steel from the building Dec. 31. "Some parents have more fun than their kids."

  • Ken Caryl student will travel to D.C. to tell of living with diabetes

    Ken Caryl Middle School student Erin Doyle, daughter of the late Sgt. Patrick Doyle of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Cheryl Doyle, has been selected as one of two Coloradans with Type 1 juvenile diabetes to travel to Washington, D.C., for the biannual JDRF Children’s Congress.

    Erin will meet with members of Congress and tell her story and the stories of many other children who have the disease.

  • Plains district not bound by ’85 pact, judge rules

    The Plains Metropolitan District is not obligated to build any tennis courts, swimming pools or a soccer field under the terms of the special district service plan conceived in 1985, a Jefferson County district judge ruled Jan. 14 in an exhaustive 16-page decision.

    The ruling represents an enormous setback, if not the final blow, in Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District’s quest to force a neighboring district to pay for the promised $3.5 million in recreational amenities. A decision on an appeal is pending.

  • School board eyes $12 million in cuts in 2009-10

    Jefferson County Public Schools will probably have to do without the district’s planetarium beginning next school year.

    Thanks to the failure of the $350 million bond issue and the $35-million-a-year tax increase, the 40-year-old planetarium will be closed indefinitely as part of a long list of budget cuts contemplated by the school board and school administration for next year and beyond.

    The biggest impact will come in staff reductions, which are expected to reach a total of nearly 300 over the next three years.