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  • Open space, closed government


  • Eastwood arraignment rescheduled for July 12


    The arraignment for suspected Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was rescheduled Monday following a request from a defense lawyer. Discovery documents in the case have burgeoned to about 5,000 pages, and the defense has yet to fully review all of them.

    “With regard to the expansive discovery, I would like to have gone through that,” public defender Thea Reiff said about reviewing the documents before Eastwood enters a plea.

  • South Jeffco burglars target open garage doors

    A string of burglaries in South Jeffco has prompted the Sheriff’s Office to urge residents to practice the simple precaution of closing their garage doors. Thieves have boldly entered at least three local homes and another in the northern part of the county since May 17 through open garage doors.

    “Normally it’s a quick hit,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. “But you don’t often see this, where they’ll make entry into the house.”

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

      Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • County weighs bids for project at Wadsworth and Bowles

      Jefferson County is considering construction bids for an $8.3 million project at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue, moving one step closer to breaking ground on an overhaul that will include a pedestrian bridge over the busy intersection.

    Four contractors submitted individual bids ranging from $5.3 million to $6.7 million. Though the county is likely to accept the low bid, the proposal must pass a review and be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers


    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • American White Pelicans nest at Johnson Reservoir

    Gliding frequently in majestic patterns of perfect synchronicity above South Jeffco, a migratory flock of American white pelicans has returned to its short seasonal residence at Johnson Reservoir. Though the species has been known to nest in the state since 1962, the small group of birds near Clement Park has made appearances only in recent years.

    Foothills Park & Recreation District workers began noticing the pelicans about six or seven years ago, an employee said.

  • Liquor sales resume at Fun City

    Liquor sales resumed May 21 at Fun City, the new business entity that has taken over the former Mr. Biggs location in South Jeffco.

    The county liquor board recently granted a temporary permit for the business following a district court’s issuance of a restraining order against a board decision to revoke the license.

  • Boy bitten by rattler recovering

      A 7-year-old Milliken boy who was bitten June 4 by a rattlesnake at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is in good condition and was expected to be discharged from Littleton Adventist Hospital on Monday. Michael Harris, who was touring the park with his family during the gardens’ free admission day, was bitten on the ankle.

  • 'Seniors, the rest of your lives begin tonight'

    Working 20 hours of overtime per week as a manager for a janitorial company, high school senior Ashley McAnallen had a hard time keeping her head above water in class. Her work schedule did not mesh easily with the traditional morning-to-afternoon high school program, and though she attended Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, an option institution, it was not a good fit for her.

    McAnallen was among hundreds of high school seniors who made their ways across commencement stages last week.