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  • Rabid bat found at Columbine Hills Park

    The Jefferson County health department is looking for anyone who may have come into contact with a bat that tested positive for rabies.

    The bat was reported to Jeffco Animal Control by a citizen on Aug. 12. Animal Control responded to Columbine Hills Park (near South Kendall Street and West Elmhurst Avenue), where the bat was found in the parking lot near some bleachers hissing and behaving strangely.

    Two boys of middle school age reported the bat to a local veterinary clinic nearby and were asked if they had handled the bat; both responded no.

  • The buck stops here

    When Mark Hubbard starts work each morning in the Jefferson County treasurer's office, he has hundreds of millions of reasons to pay very close attention to his job.

    Hubbard administers the county’s 15 bank accounts and also manages Jeffco’s investment portfolio, which totaled more than $288 million as of July 30.

    "It's interesting to get to manage money," the unassuming Hubbard said. "Eventually, you get used to it, and it's just numbers."

  • South Jeffco's Noonan eager to cast vote for Obama at Dem convention

    Longtime Jeffco Democratic activist Paula Noonan is set to play a role in history when she casts a vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention next week.

    Noonan, 60, was elected as an Obama delegate from the 6th Congressional District, which includes Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, Elbert and part of Park counties. She is looking forward to casting her vote for the Illinois senator from the convention floor at the Pepsi Center.

  • Hearts flutter over Fannie Mae

    Ears perked up in the wood-paneled Jefferson County commissioners' briefing room on Aug. 5 when the words "county investments" and "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" were used in the same sentence.

    The man who spoke the words county investment officer Mark Hubbard was briefing the commissioners on the county's investment portfolio. Of the $288.9 million invested, $188 million is invested in the recently troubled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Paschall won't be tried a third time

    It's over.

    District Attorney Scott Storey took two swings at prosecuting former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall after Paschall was accused of soliciting a kickback on his way out of the treasurer's office. Both times Storey missed.

    He's decided not to risk a strikeout.

  • 'The Birds,' part two

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A Hitchcock-esque tale unfolded recently in South Jeffco when a pair of feuding neighbors told their stories to a deputy. It seems one of the apartment dwellers had cried foul because of his neighbor’s loud music, but rather than simply squawk about it, the man allegedly persuaded local birds to drop bombs on his neighbor’s vehicle.

  • Chowdhury resigns from school board

    Embattled South Jeffco school board member Vince Chowdhury has resigned his seat effective Aug. 21.

    "I have made this decision after a long conversation with my family," Chowdhury said in an e-mail to supporters of his Democratic primary campaign for House District 22. He lost the primary Aug. 12 to Camille Ryckman. "It is extremely difficult for me to step down; however, I must do what is in the best interest of my family."

  • Fire restrictions lifted in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted fire restrictions for the county effective at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18.

    Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the danger of wildfire. However, people are encouraged to be vigilant, as the danger of fire is always present in the high country.

  • Coffman wins GOP congressional primary, Jeffco vote

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman defeated three fellow Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary to replace outgoing 6th District Congressman Tom Tancredo. In Jefferson County returns, Coffman bested businessman Wil Armstrong by roughly 10 percentage points.

    In overall final results, Coffman tallied 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to 32.8 percent for Armstrong, a business leader and son of former Sen. Bill Armstrong. Highlands Ranch state Sen. Ted Harvey was in third place with 15.3 percent, and Centennial state Sen. Steve Ward had 11.8 percent.

  • Jeffco nonprofits awarded more than $987,000 from SCFD

    After a months-long application process, 84 nonprofit organizations from all over Jefferson County will likely receive more than $987,000 from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

    The Jeffco commissioners took recommendations on disbursing Jeffco's share of the SCFD money from the Jeffco Cultural Council on Aug. 5.