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  • Lynda Fine’s black Labrador-rotweiler mix, Nala, has an abundance of energy, and a walk around their Westgold Meadows neighborhood usually isn't enough to wear Nala out.

    Fine sees a lot of neighbors walking their dogs, and she's also noticed a chunk of land attached to the Sgt. Timothy M. Mossbrucker Memorial Park that doesn't appear to be used for anything.

    Fine wants to turn it into an off-leash dog park.

    "I think it can happen," Fine said. "I really do."

  • Gifts that keep giving

    Hattie O’Brien and her husband, Brendan, wanted their kids' birthday parties to be a bit different.

    "We wanted our kids to learn to serve others," Hattie said at her home Nov. 6. So for the last few birthdays, the couple have asked their children to pick a theme, and then the parents found a way to make giving a central part of the theme.

    Last year, when Hattie's twin daughters, Evie and Lena, turned 11, they baked muffins and cookies and made cards to take to a local nursing home.

    Now it’s their son James’ turn.

  • School district to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • Stony Creek Elementary honors veterans

    The distinct sound of a bugle pierced the crisp, sunny morning Nov. 11, when Stony Creek Elementary hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration.

    John De Le Garza, the school's principal, an Army veteran and a member of the American GI Forum, invited a few members from his group. The men, dressed in black uniforms with black berets, performed a flag-raising ceremony while one played the bugle. The students and families looked on, and a group of Boy Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • McCasky re-elected; Griffin tops Windels

    There will be only one new Jefferson County commissioner, and she won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    Griffin beat Windels by almost 4 percent, or about 10,100 votes, according to Jeffco elections data.

  • Tae kwon do parents slam rec district

    A popular tae kwon do instructor will be invited to return to teaching at the Buchanan Rec Center if he can prove that he can be a good contractor as well as an outstanding teacher.

    “I don’t think I have ever heard anyone call into question his teaching abilities. Teaching is his primary job, but not his only job,” said rec district board member Peter Eggers.

  • Voters reject tax hike for Jeffco schools

    Despite a concerted campaign by school supporters, Jeffco public schools’ ballot issues 3A and 3B went down to defeat on Nov. 4 in the final unofficial tally reported Wednesday.

    Ballot Issue 3A, a mill-levy increase, lost with 141,570 votes, or 49 percent, against, compared with 131,378 votes, or 45 percent, in favor.

    Ballot Issue 3B, a bond issue, lost with 136,957 votes, or 47 percent, against, compared with 127,741 votes, or 44 percent, in favor.  

  • Beautiful bargains, 'thrill of the hunt' draw hundreds to Jeffco Action Center sale

    Want to make some homemade soap? A kit was selling for $3. Need to expand your movie library? DVDs were going for a dollar each. Do a lot of your friends have birthdays in November? Greeting cards were 10 cents a pop.

    And those were just a few of the thousands of items for sale at the Jeffco Action Center's 64th Beautiful Junk Sale at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Foothills' 2009 budget freezes salaries, trims maintenance

    The proposed 2009 budget for the financially strapped Foothills Park and Recreation District marks a "crossroads" for the district, according to executive director Ron Hopp.

    Cuts will be made in equipment maintenance, employee pay and building repairs, but Hopp says the district is only delaying the inevitable.

  • County projects spending boost, lagging revenue in 2009

    Jefferson County's projected 2009 budget calls for $395 million in spending, while projecting only $363 million in revenues.

    The budget,unveiled Oct. 14, could change by the time the final version is approved in December. The county commissioners will be meeting with elected officials, division heads and the public as they fine-tune the spending plan.

    The budget plans on spending $394.9 million in 2009, a 3.3 percent increase over 2008. To balance the budget, the county will have to use $32 million in past surpluses and cash from savings.