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  • Romney wins Jeffco as GOP voters caucus

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away at GOP caucuses Feb. 5, according to unofficial results provided to the Courier by the Jeffco GOP.

    The non-binding straw poll conducted across 365 Jeffco precincts during the Feb. 5 caucuses showed that Romney pulled in 4,999 votes, compared to 1,419 for Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 727 votes, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul pulling in 553, as of 10:30 p.m.

  • Super Tuesday pretty average at Southwest Plaza

    Based on the recent attention paid by cable news outlets, one might believe Tuesday, Feb. 5, was to politics what the Super Bowl is to football or the Academy Awards to filmmaking.

    But an afternoon stroll through Southwest Plaza — where a diverse cross-section of the South Jeffco population can be found on any given day — reveals that many people are aware of Super Tuesday and its implications, but either don't see its significance or simply don't understand it.

  • South Jeffco Democrats welcome Super Tuesday

    No sooner had the Dakota Ridge High School cheerleading squad finished practicing in the cafeteria Feb. 5 than the room began to fill with South Jefferson County Democrats eager to participate in deciding their party’s next presidential candidate.

    “I know this is the first time we’ve had that many Democrats in a room in southwest Jeffco since I don’t know when,” said Nancy Parker, who organized the caucus for the Jefferson County Democrats.

  • Bill calls for re-testing of voting machines

    A bill that may go a long way in resolving Jeffco's voting machine conundrum passed the state Senate on Feb. 4, and it may render a county appeal of the secretary of state’s decertification of voting machines moot.

    "If that bill passes, I'm not sure what the secretary of state would do with pending appeals," said Josh Liss, Jeffco's deputy of elections. The bill would allow the secretary of state to recertify voting machines that were decertified late last year after abbreviated retesting and more input from counties and manufacturers.

  • County working on plan to accommodate new judges

    Jeffco is in the process of hiring a consulting firm to determine how to accommodate two new judges by July 1, and it may require a reworking of space in the government center.

    "One thing we're telling the architectural construction firms to do is look at all the space, and we're literally telling them that nothing is sacred," said County Administrator Jim Moore. "If it makes sense to convert the whole building into a courthouse, and move administrative (functions) somewhere else, we may entertain that."

  • Jeffco schools pull beef from lunch menus

    Jeffco Public Schools is one of several districts in Colorado that has pulled beef from its lunch menus this week in response to an undercover Humane Society investigation that showed improper practices in a slaughterhouse.

    Commodity beef — loose meat made into hamburger or otherwise processed — from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. is the culprit for the lunchtime adjustment. Humane Society insider video showed one of Westland’s slaughterhouses processing “downer cows,” or cows that were abused or too sick to stand.

  • Croutons with your roughage?

    Croutons with your roughage?

  • Development's neighbors say things are looking up - and they hate it

    From their backyard, Mary and Mike Wagner see a 10-foot retaining wall looming above them.

    Sunrise Assisted Living held a second community hearing Jan. 29 as part of the rezoning process for a 4.2-acre site near the corner of South Kipling Street and West Coal Mine Avenue. Aside from a few remaining concerns over the facility’s proposed 45-foot height, residents nearest the site showed anxiety over the grading of the land and a new road running just outside their backyards.

  • DNA leads police to suspect in '76 slaying of Columbine High student

    DNA samples from convicted felons have led police to a suspect in the 1976 slaying of 16-year-old Columbine High School student Holly Marie Andrews in Clear Creek County. 

    Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect Feb. 1 in connection with the 1976 slaying of Andrews. Andrews was found dead by two hikers on Dec. 27, 1976, near Bakerville. She was raped and had been stabbed six times in the back and slashed across the chest.

  • Mail-theft suspects linked to Jeffco burglaries

    Two Bailey residents accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from residential mailboxes in Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Pine have been linked to "several" Jeffco burglaries, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    Michael Pantera, 27, and Sophie Shafer, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road with more than 375 pieces of stolen mail, gift cards, cash, and a batch of homemade cookies that had been sent through the mail.