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  • Fat City's new owner brings Bigg ideas

    Entrepreneur Steve Bigari has had enough “Bigg” success in Colorado Springs that he has chosen to expand to South Jeffco.

    And in the next couple months, some significant changes are coming to Bigari’s new property: Fat City. Bigari’s purchase of the 140,000-square-foot entertainment center becomes official Feb. 8, at which point it will begin a transformation into Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center.

    “I love this town, I love this state, and I look forward to becoming a part of this community,” Bigari said.

  • Public hearing set on proposal for independent library district

    A public hearing on whether the Jefferson County Public Library System should form its own district has been scheduled after more than a year of planning.

    The hearing — scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 11 in Hearing Room 1 at the Jeffco government center — will be an opportunity for county residents to tell the commissioners how they feel about the library becoming its own district. The commissioners could vote on the proposal that night.

  • Caucuses convene Feb. 5; Precinct meetings on Super Tuesday pick delegates, discuss platforms

    Feb. 3 may be Super Bowl Sunday, but two days later Super Tuesday will have a far more meaningful impact on the country’s future, and could go a long way in deciding the next president.

    Colorado is one of 25 states where people affiliated with the Democratic or Republican parties will come together to decide which candidate the delegates will support at conventions this summer.

  • Foothills possible tax hike could affect May balloting

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District will hold an election May 6 — that much is certain. Whether it will be a mail ballot or a polling-place election is yet to be decided.

    Three seats are open on the district’s board of directors. A polling-place election will suffice should Foothills’ leadership decide that those positions will be the only things on the ballot. But the pending decision on whether to put a mill-levy increase on the ballot could change that.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in shooting of woman

    A South Jeffco man was arrested early Sunday after a woman was shot during a fight, according to the Jeffco sheriff.

    Erik Shawn Leo Tafoya, 26, reportedly got into an argument with an unidentified adult woman and shot her in the shoulder, a statement from the sheriff's office alleges.

    Deputies responded in the 7700 block of West Glasgow Place about 12:40 a.m. Jan. 26 after receiving a call about a disturbance. When the deputies arrived, they spoke with witnesses who said the victim and Tafoya had left the scene.

  • The Rock gets 60-day delay to modify expansion plan

    A decision on a rezoning request for The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church — a process that began in late 2006 — will have to wait even longer.

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission gave the church an opportunity to adjust its official development plan to account for community concerns by granting a 60-day continuance Jan. 23. The Rock will return March 26 with a submittal that addresses sight corridors, the building envelope and other issues that may stand in the way of its proposed expansion.

  • Foothills district undergoing re-branding effort

    Suddenly the entrance signs at Clement Park are purple and teal, and The Edge Ice Arena’s east wall has been adorned with 30-inch lettering.

    The signage is all part of a re-branding effort at some of Foothills Park and Recreation District’s more notable parks and facilities. It’s a project designed to increase the district’s visibility and help the public find their way to district facilities.

  • Crime and punishment: Community weighs in on theft of $125,000 from youth sports group

    Editor's note: After print publication deadlines, the Jeffco sheriff decided to reopen his office's investigation into the theft from the South Jeffco Sports Association. That decision came after a Jan. 28 meeting with representatives of the association and the Jeffco DA's office.

  • That was no lady — it wasn't even my friend's wife

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some fat-fingered dialing called up trouble for a local man who tried to phone his friend's wife and contacted another person by mistake. A woman called the sheriff's office, saying that a random guy kept calling her and pretending to be her son. He apparently called four times and sent her a text message that said, "What's up." During the first call, the man asked if she was going to be home that night. The woman said yes, but that she had to go to be in bed early to get up for work the next morning.

  • Cleanup from broken water mains continues

    Residential landscaping damaged by a Jan. 3 malfunction at the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District will have to wait until spring to be repaired.

    A high-pressure surge in fresh water delivered from Denver Water caused six mains to fail several weeks ago. The surge caused a 24-hour shutdown as Platte Canyon and Denver Water worked to resolve the issue. The affected neighborhoods were in the Leawood Subdivision, the Normandy Estates Subdivision and the Columbine Knolls Subdivision.