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  • A look inside government: Jeffco planning video of meetings, interactive Web page

    Jefferson County residents and any other interested parties will soon have easier access to the workings of Jeffco government, as county leaders are working on two projects to increase transparency.

    One effort, headed up by public information director Kathryn Heider, will allow people to watch county government meetings online, as well as have easy access to agendas and minutes. People will be able to watch the whole session or clips of video featuring a particular agenda item. Heider is hoping to have the project up and running by the end of the year.

  • Cold comfort: Jeffco's cold-case investigator looks into the past to solve murders

    Judy Pillman, a 24-year-old Denver woman, got out of a car on Oct. 16, 1986, just east of downtown on her way to an alcoholics anonymous meeting.

    She was never seen alive again.

    Her body was found 10 days later in an overgrown ravine on the west side of Chatfield Reservoir. Investigators back then were unable to find her killer and could never provide her family with answers.

    Pillman's murder is one of nearly 40 cold cases under review by Jefferson County sheriff's Investigator Cheryl Moore, the lone member of the Cold Case Unit.

  • Griffin accused of campaign finance violation

    Jefferson County Treasurer Faye Griffin will go before an administrative judge Sept. 30 after being accused of a campaign finance violation in her quest to become the next District 1 county commissioner.

    Nancy C. Johnson, a Lakewood attorney, filed a formal complaint with the Colorado secretary of state's office Sept. 17 alleging that Griffin broke the law by not listing the occupations and employers of 11 donors who gave her campaign $1,550. The donations were listed in a state campaign-finance filing through July 17.

  • 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.