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  • 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.

  • Jeffco elections office inundated with calls the first day of early voting

    The Jefferson County elections office was inundated with calls Oct. 20, Colorado's first day of early voting in the 2008 general election.

    "They're experiencing a large volume of calls, but since it's the first day of early voting, that's not unexpected," said Kathryn Heider, spokeswoman for Jefferson County.

    Heider said people can still call the elections office at 303-271-8111 or check www.votejeffco.com for information on voter registration or on early-voting locations.

    "We're trying to put up as much on the website as we can," Heider said.

  • Early voting under way

    Eight early-voting sites are now open in Jeffco for voters who want to cast ballots in person.

    Unlike voting on Election Day, when voters must visit an assigned neighborhood precinct, early voting allows any Jefferson County to visit any early-voting site.

    Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31. Ballots can be turned in at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:

    • Jefferson County Administrative & Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden

    • South Jeffco Motor Vehicle, 6004 S. Kipling Street No. A

  • Jeffco schools OK later start date in 2009-10

    Jeffco Public Schools has changed its calendar for the 2009-10 school year, with a later start date than students had this school year.

    The new start date for all students will be Aug. 24 after many Jeffco parents voiced concern that this year’s calendar start date on Aug. 12 was too early. The district asked both staff and parents to respond to an online calendar survey, and based on the responses, the district has amended the 2009-10 school calendar.