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  • A message of hope and healing

    On a blustery Sunday in Clement Park, as people nearby played softball and soccer and flew kites, a small group gathered in the park’s northeast corner to remember what happened at Columbine High School on the same day nine years before.

    About 10 people were on hand as Nancy Dzurilla of New Life Church in Colorado Springs read Bible passages and shared thoughts and prayers for the victims of the Columbine shootings, their families and the victims of last year’s Virginia Tech shootings. The first anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy was marked last week.

  • Church gets preliminary OK from county to build youth center

    The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church came closer Tuesday morning to realizing its plan to add a two-story teen center building after a crucial vote of the Jefferson County commissioners.

    After two lengthy public hearings, two of three members of the board voted to endorse a version of the March 26 planning commission decision approving an expansion from 26,000 square feet to about 48,000 square feet of floor area. The church argued that it had the legal right to build up to 63,000 square feet.

  • You started it

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Start a fight. Participate in the fight. Head straight from the fight to the Southwest Plaza security office. Find out you were the one in the wrong. That sequence played out for one man last week, and a deputy told the pugilist he would not be permitted to press charges because he had started the altercation. The deputy watched a surveillance video that showed the man walking up to a group of men and exchanging words with them. This eventually led to an exchange of punches.

  • South Jeffco residents have a full plate of ballot issues to chew on

    In a year with heightened political activity nationally, it would be easy to overlook local issues, but South Jeffco residents ignore them at their peril. Local and regional ballot items from May through November range from district-level tax increases to the race to replace Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

    Ken-Caryl Metro District

    The Ken-Caryl Metro District is seeking a 2.5-mill increase this spring, which would cost the owner of a $500,000 home an extra $100 per year. The current mill levy is 12.709, and that was set in 1988.

  • Jeffco trying to get its piece of federal earmark pie

    Jefferson County wants $7.6 million in federal funds earmarked for various county projects in fiscal 2009.

    The money is for projects ranging from completing work on the air-traffic control tower at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to efforts to prevent the exploitation of senior citizens.

  • Voting equipment good to go, but critics still skeptical

    It’s been an up-and-down year for election equipment in Jeffco.

    In December 2007, Jeffco’s electronic voting machines were decertified, despite county officials’ contention that there was nothing wrong with them, and that it would cost too much to replace the equipment so close to a major election. Jeffco appealed the decision to the secretary of state’s office in January, and it wasn’t until March that the equipment was “conditionally” certified.

  • Gov. Ritter issues Columbine anniversary statement

    Gov. Bill Ritter issued the following statement April 19 commemorating the ninth anniversary of the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999:

    “It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that we pause this weekend to remember what happened at Columbine High School nine years ago. My thoughts, sympathies and prayers will forever be with the families, victims, students, teachers and others who lost so much that terrible day.

  • Littleton votes to increase sewer rates outside city

    The Littleton City Council voted by a narrow margin to raise fees 20 percent, or $30 a year, for sewer treatment plant users outside the city and zero percent for ones inside the city limits.

    The decision will affect homeowners in areas of unincorporated South Jeffco despite the fact that they have no representation on the Littleton council.

    The council also voted to raise tap fees for builders inside the city from $2,500 to $5,000 and outside the city from $2,828 to $5,656, except for projects that have site plans approved by Oct. 15.

  • JCSO announces DUI checkpoints

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be doing another mobile DUI checkpoint starting at about 7 p.m. April 12. The checkpoint will be moving from one location to another every few hours. The locations will be:

    • 9100 block of West Coal Mine Avenue

    • 13500 block of West 44th Avenue

    • 5400 block of Highway 93

  • Six running for three Foothills board seats

    Residents of the Foothills Park and Recreation District will have a lot to think about before marking the ballots that will be sent to voters in mid-April.

    In addition to voting “yes” or “no” on whether to increase the property tax by 3 mills, they are being asked to choose three new members of the board of directors.