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  • Kopp: Gov. sinks bipartisan effort to create rainy-day fund

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-South Jeffco, said a bipartisan effort to create a state “rainy-day fund” to prepare for an imminent recession was torpedoed by the governor’s office last week.

    But a Democrat who participated in the negotiations says that although Kopp and his Republican colleagues were “thinking in the right direction,” the deal was based on incomplete information, and the governor made the right call.

  • County debates the ethics of ethics policy

    The subject of ethics is no stranger to employees of Jefferson County, and the county government recently has addressed the issue as well.

    Commissioner Jim Congrove is irked by the lack of a formal ethics policy. But County Administrator Jim Moore says that Congrove’s past legal battles have played a central role in the lack of a formal policy.

  • 'Cigarette Bandit' pleads guilty

    A second participant in a theft ring dubbed by law enforcement as the “Cigarette Bandits” appeared April 1 in court and pled guilty. Eugenia Isabel Duran, 24, pled guilty to theft, a class three felony, and was sentenced to five years probation. Duran was ordered to pay $47,589 in restitution.

  • The Rock wins round in bid to build gym

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously endorsed The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church’s rezoning request to build a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium on church grounds on West Alamo Place west of Kipling Parkway.

  • Sheriff's Calls: Could they be meteorites?

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Welcome to a strange new world, where up is down, left is right, and pranks meant to damage merely confuse. In today’s episode, we join a South Jeffco man who called deputies to his home to report that he had found several rocks on his back deck that afternoon, which was the first time he had seen them there since a week prior. There was no visible damage to the house, the deck or any items on the deck, just the curious rocks.

  • County administrator meets with employees

    A glimpse into the thoughts and fears of Jeffco employees was offered last week as County Administrator Jim Moore began a series of town hall meetings with employees in the Jeffco Laramie Building.

    “I heard that we don’t have enough contact unless there’s a budget crisis,” Moore said to the couple dozen employees gathered in a human resources training room the afternoon of March 26.

  • Approval process for amphitheater improvements remains controversial

    Confusion remains over whether noise-mitigation improvements to the amphitheater at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will go through a county review, a path local homeowners would like to see but one Gardens leadership isn’t so sure of.

    “We’re just concerned that they go through the (county) process,” said Dave Evans, a homeowner in Chatfield Bluffs who has been following the issue and talking with people at Jeffco Planning and Zoning and the Botanic Gardens. “Who owns the land and how they go through it doesn’t concern us.”

  • EDUCATION NOTES

    We’d like to know about interesting events or activities at your school. E-mail your school news to leslie@evergreenco.com.

    Ute Meadows Evening of the Arts

    Ute Meadows Elementary School is hosting its annual Evening of the Arts, where every child is a star. The school will display beautiful framed artwork from each student. Poetry is read and children perform music and drama. The evening is semi-formal and is enjoyed by all. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 2.

    Spring Carnival and Silent Auction

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Could they be meteorites?

  • Large steel building creates wall between neighbors

    Veronica Weins knew her neighbor in Columbine Hills was building a garage, but she didn’t know it was going to be a featureless, metal industrial box almost two stories tall and nearly as big as a house.

    So instead of a view of rooftops and treetops, as of November Weins has gazed at a very different vista.

    “It’s just so big that’s all we look at. It’s like a big wall there, and we used to be able to see way over to the next street,” said Weins, a retired corporate legal assistant in her 70s.