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  • Dittemore challenging Kerr — again — in HD 28

    Tom Dittemore has been the Democratic candidate in state House District 28 in every election since 2002, and he’s making his fourth bid for the seat this November. Standing in his way is Republican incumbent Jim Kerr, who is seeking a third term.

    The two men say they like each other, but Dittemore says Kerr needs to step up a bit more.

  • Foothills weighs fee increases

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is tackling the sensitive topic of raising fees for youth sports associations, swimming pools, golf and exercise classes in the aftermath of the failure of the mill-levy elections in May and November.

    “Fee increases will probably play a large part in the 2009 budget process,” said executive director Ron Hopp, speaking at the regular meeting of the Foothills board on Sept. 9 at The Peak Wellness Center. The first draft of the 2009 budget is to be presented at a public meeting Oct. 14.

  • As the season wanes, Summerset hosts one last dog day

    The competitors were keyed up. It didn't matter that the grass was wet, the weather was a bit cool, or the turf was chewed up from Summerset's car show the day before.

    No, the competitors were stoked — those with four legs as well as those with two — at Summerset's fifth annual Fun Day for Dogs on Sept. 14 at Clement Park.

  • Palin power: Thousands turn out to see VP nominee at Jeffco Fairgrounds

    Doors opened at 7 a.m. Sept. 15 for Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Westernaires Equestrian Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but that wasn't early enough for some.

    Thousands turned out to see the Alaska governor, who has electrified the campaign of Sen. John McCain since he named her as his running mate.

  • Falcon Bluffs teacher keeps his students laughing — and achieving

    It's hard to say who enjoys Steve Martin's classes more — the students or their teacher.

    SpongeBob SquarePants, a popular children's character, is everywhere in Martin's classroom at Falcon Bluffs Middle School, setting the tone for a fun learning environment where Martin and his students enjoy a healthy back and forth that's usually the mark of longtime friends.

    "It's fun," said Justin Shapiro, an eighth-grader in Martin's seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra class. "He's different (than other teachers). He actually makes it fun."

  • Atadero's crusade continues with Recreational Safety Awareness Week

    As more than 650 students filed into the bleachers at Falcon Bluffs Middle School on Sept. 8, teachers and administrators reminded them to keep quiet.

    But when one of their physical education teachers started telling the story of how his son Jaryd went missing nearly eight years ago, the room went silent.

    "My son was almost 4 years old," Allyn Atadero said, taking a moment to compose himself in front of his students and colleagues. His co-workers and some students wiped away tears as Atadero continued the story.

  • Summers, Ryckman square off to represent HD 22

    Education is the most important issue for the two former teachers squaring off in House District 22 in November, but their approaches differ.

    Democrat Camille Ryckman, a former teacher at Lakewood's Warren Tech, and incumbent Republican Ken Summers, a former Englewood High School teacher, disagree on vouchers.

  • 10 apply for open school board seat

    Ten people have applied to fill the school board vacancy left when District 5 representative Vince Chowdhury resigned in August.

    The applicants are: Jamie Adler Rodriguez, Larry Eigel, Mary Everson, Tina Francone, Spencer Larkin, Charles Marquez, Paula Noonan, Alonzo Rodriguez, Richard Rush and Susan Settanni.

  • 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.

  • County department heads get big bonuses amid budget woes

    Amid talk of budget woes and the possibility that some county workers would get no raises at all, some Jeffco department heads snagged raises and bonuses that totaled up to $20,000 over the last 18 months.

    Two of the department heads that report directly to County Administrator Jim Moore — Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold and Transportation and Development Director Tim Carl — each received $10,000 base-pay increases in 2007, along with $5,000 bonuses in 2007 and 2008.