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  • Karate instructor nabs burglary suspect

    A burglary suspect got a rude awakening Sept. 16 after emerging from Front Range Christian Elementary School.

    The suspect exited the back of the school into an alley, and he was confronted by Kevin Kowalczik, a martial arts instructor and co-owner of ProRank Karate.

    "We were training and getting ready for a competition, doing some extra training for one of the classes," Kowalczik said. "I happened to look out the back door, and I saw a guy walking down the alley looking kind of shady."

  • Correction

    An article discussing early and mail voting in the Sept. 24 issue incorrectly stated the Jeffco elections office phone number. The correct number is: (303) 271-8111. Thanks to the reader who pointed it out. We regret the error.

  • Local veterinarian treats bobcat hit by car

    A bobcat that was hit by a car on C-470 the morning of Sept. 23 should make a full recovery, said the doctor who performed three hours of surgery on the animal.

    Dr. Dan Brod, the doctor who treated the 8-month-old female at Deer Creek Animal Hospital in South Jeffco, said the surgery went well, but the young feline will need some rest and recovery time.

    "If the cat does way too much too soon, that would be bad," Brod said. "The cat is semi-confined, and we're taking our time."

  • Officials urge Coloradans to vote early

    County commissioners, county clerks and even the governor are urging people to either vote by mail or vote early this year, citing an unusually long ballot and a projected record turnout.

    "We've had a lot of activity here in the last couple of weeks from both sides of the presidential campaign, with both Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin visiting Colorado," Gov. Bill Ritter said at a news conference Sept. 16. He said that Colorado is one of the few swing states in the national election. "It is important as a swing state that every vote count."

  • Bright lights, big politics: Jeffco, a swing county in a swing state, is critical to presidential campaigns

    In the wake of visits from Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Republican V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin, Jefferson County is adjusting to its new role in the national political spotlight.

    But the pundits who analyze political races for a living aren't surprised by the attention Jeffco is getting.

  • Jeffco deputies endorse Bane for commissioner

    A group representing nearly 300 Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies and sheriff's office employees is throwing its support behind Jason Bane in the District 2 county commission race.

  • McCasky, Bane trade barbs at candidate forum

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky took most of the heat Sept. 15 in the first forum for the five county commission candidates.

    Republican McCasky, the only incumbent, faces two challengers in District 2 in the Nov. 4 election: Democrat Jason Bane and Scott Zulauf of the Green Party. Jeffco Treasurer Faye Griffin, a Republican, and state Sen. Sue Windels, a Democrat, are battling for the District 1 commission seat, vying to replace Jim Congrove, who decided not to seek a second term.

  • Jeffco ponies up another $930,000 for '08 fuel costs

    The Jefferson County commissioners had to shift more than $930,000 from a contingency fund to pay for fuel for the rest of 2008.

    "I don't anticipate it is going to get any better," said Buck Benke, the county's director of fleet services.

    More than half of the money — $545,330 — will go to the fleet services fund, and the remaining $385,000 will go to the patrol fund for law enforcement vehicles.

  • Crash on U.S. 285 kills Morrison woman

    Kelsey J. Hays of Morrison was killed Sept. 17 when she drove her car the wrong way on U.S. 285 and hit another car head-on.

    Hays, 24, was driving south in the northbound lanes between Wadsworth and Kipling about 1:20 a.m. and hit a car driven by Wynne A. Warren of Buena Vista. Warren, 53, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Swedish Medical Center. Hays was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Clement Park to host fifth annual Josh and Gus's Run for a Reason

    Lunden and Patrick MacDonald put their son Angus down to sleep one June night in 2003, and he never woke up.

    Angus, whom they lovingly called "Gus," was a normal 18-month-old child in seemingly perfect health.

    "It was horrible," Lunden MacDonald said on a drizzly day five years after the death of her first son. "We had nowhere to turn."