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  • Heinekamp to leave Jeffco library board

    Jefferson County Public Library trustee Lynne Heinekamp will be retiring from the board effective Jan. 1, she announced last week.

    Heinekamp, whose term would have expired on Sept. 30, 2012, cited personal reasons for the decision, namely that she will be caring for her 3-year-old great grandson.

    “It was with a heavy heart, and I’ve loved it all,” Heinekamp said during a Dec. 8 board meeting. “But this is necessary. I need to be home.”

    County commissioners appointed Heinekamp to the seven-member library board in 2009.

  • Hyper condition creates challenge for law officers

    South Jeffco resident Russell Arnold was pacing frantically in and out of his apartment early on June 7. The 34-year-old — high on crystal methamphetamine, breathing rapidly and covered in sweat — struggled with sheriff’s deputies, continuing to resist even after being shocked with a Taser and receiving at least four hard uppercuts to his face.

  • Geared up for competition

    Young gearheads at Colorow Elementary School and Summit Ridge Middle School have cultivated a love for LEGOs, an enthusiasm shared with prior generations of children who grew up to become engineers, designers and other successful professionals.

    But the modern building blocks are technological leaps ahead of those found scattered on floors and lodged between couch cushions 20 years ago. Today’s LEGOs often incorporate autonomous robotic programs, and students can craft tiny machines to precisely execute an unlimited number of tasks.

  • Nissler to take top library job permanently

    Jeffco Libraries interim director Pam Nissler is poised to take the job on a permanent basis, a reversal of her earlier decision to retire next year that spares the system a second nationwide search for an executive director.

  • Virus hits a quarter of Normandy Elementary kids

    An unidentified virus infected roughly a quarter of Normandy Elementary School’s students last week, including a number of staff who called in sick.
    Beginning Dec. 1, the school noticed a spike in the number of children whose parents phoned them in absent — 135 students. By comparison, only 29 students were called in sick the previous day.

  • Rebels win one for the thumb

    DENVER — Not the blustery, wintry weather. Not their own miscues. And not Lakewood’s will to hang around even when its offense struggled could deny the Columbine Rebels.
    A season that Columbine entered as one of the state’s perennial favorites in 5A football ended Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with the Rebels standing above the rest.

  • Boost in school-lunch price brings added funds

    Since implementing a 25 percent price increase for most school lunches earlier this year, Jeffco Public Schools has begun netting a profit in its food services fund, money that is currently sitting idle.

    In the first financial quarter of the school year, the district netted nearly $765,000 more than during the same period last year, representing positive income of $409,500 — a substantial departure from 2010, when the fund operated at a loss.

  • Commissioners pass budget with potential pay raises for employees

    Some Jeffco sheriff’s employees are now eligible for overdue merit-based pay increases, after the county commissioners passed on a 2-1 vote Dec. 6 a budget that allocates an additional $1.4 million to the department for discretionary spending in 2012.

    Overall, the $476 million county budget cuts $600,000 from the 2011 spending plan and includes $3.5 million in funds to be used at the discretion of department heads, including pay increases for subordinates.

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  • State Supreme Court affirms congressional redistricting lines

    The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday affirmed Denver Judge Robert Hyatt’s congressional redistricting map, lines that take Mike Coffman’s District 6 out of Jefferson County and lump South Jeffco into District 1, represented by Democrat Diana Degette.

    Supreme Court judges heard arguments Dec.1 in the appeal of Hyatt’s decision, which was filed by Douglas County and others. Though the court released its decision Monday morning, a written opinion was not yet available.