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  • 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."

  • 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."