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  • Democrats nominate Eng to run for Tancredo congressional seat

    Just hours after the Dakota Ridge High School gym was packed with students raising money to fight cancer, it was filled again May 3 with another boisterous crowd.

    But this time people from all walks of life were fighting for their presidential candidate, and vying for the opportunity to take that fight to the Democratic National Convention in August.

  • 'A' is for amelioration

    SOUTH JEFFCO — The letter "a" and the word "aardvark" battled for the distinction of being the first word in the dictionary last week at a South Jeffco apartment. The battle — waged by a man and woman sharing an apartment on West Burgundy Avenue — caused a disturbance so loud that deputies had to respond. The first deputy at the scene heard yelling inside the apartment. There was no response when he knocked on the door, so he knocked on the bedroom window.

  • Security assistance for DNC discussed in secret, for now

    Denver-area law enforcement agencies will work together to provide security for the Democratic National Convention in August, and Jefferson County will contribute sheriff's deputies and resources.

    But specifics related to Jeffco's plans for the assistance are, for now, being dealt with in secret, as a pre-planning briefing for county commissioners was held behind closed doors April 29.

  • Schools to start 2008-09 year nine days early

    Public schools in Jefferson County will start the 2008-09 school year nine days earlier than normal, on Aug. 12.

    Jefferson County also is bringing back a fall mini-break, with schools closing Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24.

    The early start time was instigated to allow extra time for CSAP preparation so students can finish classroom testing before Christmas break.

  • Columbine student flees to Canada, seeks asylum

    A 17-year-old Columbine

  • Inmates, Rose Society team up to teach the public about rose pruning

    On a deceptively cold, late-April morning, they gathered on the north side of the Jeffco sheriff’s office to garden. Some brought shears, some brought gloves, and many had both.

    Of the two dozen people on hand, all shared a common interest in rose bushes, and in the intricacies of taking care of them. What they didn’t have in common is where they came from.

    Five of the gardeners April 26 started their morning as inmates in the Jefferson County Jail, and would return to the jail when the day was through.

  • Kopp, Witwer push creation of committee to study wildfire mitigation

    Two Jeffco legislators are one step closer to creating a committee to study ways to deal with wildfires, especially in areas where homes and forests collide.

    These areas — referred to in firefighting circles as the “wildland-urban interface” — contain increasing numbers of homes and subdivisions, making it difficult for firefighters to effectively fight wildfires and protect homes and lives, according to Senate Joint Resolution 25. The resolution would create an interim committee that would meet this summer and make recommendations by Nov. 1.

  • My friend has this problem ...

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Not smart: Using a friend’s ID, then telling a deputy that you did not tell him your real name because you didn’t want to be accused of impersonating that friend. However ludicrous, that’s the excuse one woman used last week when arrested on an outstanding warrant. She was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over, and when asked to present an ID, she handed over a state ID card that belonged to a friend. Unfortunately for her, that friend had a warrant for her arrest, so the woman was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

  • Motorcyclist fleeing officer dies in crash at South Jeffco intersection

    The man killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV at South Simms Street and West Bowles Avenue on April 29 was fleeing from police, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Mill levy spurs hot debate in Ken-Caryl

    About 100 people jammed the meeting room at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House on Wednesday, April 23, for a sometimes-emotional debate over the proposed property-tax increase in the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District.

    The district is asking voters for the second time in six months to approve a 2.5-mill increase from the current 12.709 mills. The mill increase was defeated by a 54 percent no vote in the November election. A 2.5-mill increase would cost the owner of a house valued at $500,000 an extra $100 a year.