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  • 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.

  • Littleton-based foundation still helping African village

    It has been more than 10 years since Omar Dia was gunned down at a bus stop in downtown Denver by two skinheads. The shock and anger over the hate crime led Coloradans to an outpouring of donations and support for Dia’s widow and children and the people of his village of Diorbivol, Senegal.

    And a Littleton-based foundation, along with some South Jeffco high school students, is keeping that effort alive.

  • Jeffco, RTD hammer out agreement on property

    Top Jeffco and RTD officials have come to an agreement on the county’s contribution for the end-of-line station of the west corridor light rail station.

    The deal — a common pact between governments known as an intergovernmental agreement — should be signed during the March 25 commissioners’ hearings.

  • South Jeffco legislator offers 'halftime' report

    Spring is in the air, and as students enjoy spring break and baseball lovers await opening day, legislators at the state Capitol are at roughly the halfway mark in the 2008 session.

    South Jeffco Republican Mike Kopp — the state senator representing District 22 — took some time last week to catch up the Courier on legislation he’s been involved with.

    Senate Bill 134

  • Charges filed in theft from sports association

    South Jeffco resident Carrie Ann Smith was charged with three felonies March 17 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

    Smith appeared in county court March 18 to be advised of the charges against her: theft of more than $20,000 and two counts of forgery of checks. Outside the courtroom before the hearing, she declined to comment on the case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22.

  • Their bark was worse than the Clash

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A Littleton man, concerned that the incessant barking of his dogs while he was away from home was upsetting the neighbors, thoughtfully decided that the solution was to leave his music on loud enough to drown out the curs’ cacophony. A pair of neighbors next door called the sheriff’s office to complain about the music, and one of the neighbors mentioned he had tried to speak to the dogs’ owner, and he barked back that he was a “cop.” Another neighbor said: “It’s all the time.