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  • A story with legs: Chatfield student raises cancer funds in memory of former publisher Brad Bradberry

    She says she misses the barbecue in his backyard, and the way she always saw him working in the garden.

    She decided she would raise money in his honor to try to prevent other people from going through the same thing.

    Terra Lesser, 17, and her family knew former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry for years, and when he died of cancer in December, she wanted to remember him with acts that would benefit others.

    "It makes me feel like I'm actually making a difference," Lesser said. "I"m hoping someday people won't have to go through it."

  • Paper or plastic? Jeffco voters have options

    Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson announced May 20 a plan to give Jefferson County voters more options on Election Day.

    Paper ballots will be available to voters at every Jeffco precinct polling location for the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 presidential elections. Electronic touch-screen voting machines will also be available for voters who choose to use them.

  • Mr. Biggs, local leaders team up for needy families

    Any NASCAR fan can attest to the bitter sniping that occurs among drivers after a contentious race.

    They take shots in the press questioning each other's ethics and motives, and typically disparage their adversaries' skills.

    That sort of back-and-forth has been heard among Jeffco officials since a charity event May 12 at Mr. Biggs.

  • 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.