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  • Former county attorney reportedly 'joked' about killing critic

    Former Jefferson County Attorney Frank Hutfless "joked" in 2006 about having a county critic who is suing Jeffco killed, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report.

  • Foothills looks ahead in wake of rejected tax increase

    Foothills Park & Recreation District Executive Director Ronald Hopp sees some positives in the district’s failed bid for a tax hike May 6, the second rejection by district voters in less than two years.

  • This groom didn't get cold feet, but he did experience quite a jolt

    From construction projects that allegedly damage private property to deaths on county roads, the Jeffco Attorney’s Office sees no shortage of legal claims — including one resulting from a groom getting a big shock on his wedding day.

    Aug. 11, 2007, was going to be a memorable day in the life of Robert Griffin Jr. He was getting married at Clement Park, and was also coordinating SunStock 2007, an annual music festival. The festival was put on in conjunction with the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation, a cause Griffin says is close to his heart.

  • Jeffco teachers, district reach agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached a tentative agreement that guarantees a 2.7 percent pay increase and $1.4 million to help teachers with "workload issues."

    The deal also promises a 0.9 percent increase in the district's contribution to the Public Employees' Retirement Association. An additional 0.5 percent salary increase is promised if the district gets a mill-levy increase passed in November.

    The 2.7 percent cost-of-living increase will begin Sept. 1.

  • Gators (actually, litigators) nipping at their heels

    Jefferson County is not alone in the type and number of lawsuits and claims against it, a comparison with other metro-area counties shows.

    Since January 2006, the county has received 72 notices of claim, according to records obtained through an open records request. Douglas and Arapahoe counties reported similar number of claims during the same period.

  • Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local couple frothing over some suds after a dinner party had to be counseled by deputies on May 3. The deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 5300 block of South Union Way and found the couple battling over who would do the dishes — but not in a typical housework-avoidance brouhaha. The industrious hubby stood in front of the sink and blocked his eager wife’s route to dishpan hands. He started yelling and pointedly telling her to get out of the kitchen, and after about 10 minutes, she called the sheriff's office.

  • District, Jeffco teachers reach agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that guarantees a 2.7 percent pay increase and $1.4 million to help teachers with "workload issues."

    The deal also promises a 0.9 percent increase in the district's contribution to the Public Employees' Retirement Association. An additional 0.5 percent salary increase is promised if the district gets a mill-levy increase passed in November.

    The 2.7 percent cost-of-living increase will begin Sept. 1.

  • Dakota Ridge students, teachers shed locks for cancer fund-raiser

    Locks of all colors hit the gym floor at Dakota Ridge High School on May 2, as nearly two dozen students and teachers had their heads shaved to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    "How many people think Dr. Jelinek would look good with a pink mohawk?" yelled math teacher Nick Cummings, a 1998 Dakota Ridge graduate. The packed gym went wild.

    Principal Jim Jelinek and Cummings walked out of the room with mohawks, but the other 19 whose heads were shaved walked out completely bald.

  • Ken-Caryl gets its tax increase

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District was successful in the bid to raise its mill levy May 6, as the proposal was approved with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

    The 2.5-mill increase passed with 3,072 votes in favor and 1,142 against, according to the Ken-Caryl website. The vote authorizes the first tax increase since the district was formed in 1988. The 19 percent increase will cost the owner of a house valued at $500,000 an extra $100 a year, as the levy increases to 15.209 mills from the current 12.709.

  • Foothills tax increase defeated again

    For the second time in less than two years, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has seen a bid to raise taxes defeated at the polls.

    By a vote of 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent, district voters rejected a proposed 3-mill increase to a levy of 10.65 mills, which the district said was needed for capital repairs, equipment replacement, operational costs and maintenance.

    The actual vote count was 8,163 opposed and 6,867 in favor, according to Foothills' website.