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  • Former county contractor will testify for Zinna in wiretapping lawsuit

    A federal wiretapping lawsuit against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove became more interesting June 26 when a defendant in the case settled with the plaintiff and agreed to testify against Congrove and the other defendants.

    Mike Zinna, a longtime county critic, is suing Congrove, private investigator Daril Cinquanta, former deputy county attorney Duncan Bradley and Robert Cook in federal court. Zinna alleges the men illegally intercepted his personal e-mails and posted them to a website used to defame Zinna.

  • Jeffco sheriff joins countywide auto theft task force

    Car thieves in Jeffco now must combat a much more organized police presence.

    The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which launched July 1, teams car-theft investigators from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and police from Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

  • Answers from AJ: What happened to La Casona?

    Editor's note: Answers from AJ is semi-regular column written to answer questions posed by readers. Readers can ask questions about what's happening in the community, whether it be a local construction project or what insects are being monitored by the state in area parks. Please submit questions to aj@evergreenco.com or news@evergreenco.com.

    Question: What happened to La Casona?

    Answer: La Casona, a Mexican restaurant that was a fixture in South Jeffco for nearly 20 years, has closed.

  • Harvey seeking Dem nomination in HD 28

    For the first time since 2004, a Democrat not named Tom Dittemore is running in the November 2010 election for state House District 28.

    Steve Harvey, a South Jeffco Democat who lives a stone's throw from Deer Creek Middle School, will take on incumbent Republican Jim Kerr, who will be seeking his third full term if he chooses to run again.

    Harvey said June 25 that he's come to a place where it's time to put his life's experience to the test and help craft policy.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

  • State budget woes haven't trickled down to Jeffco - yet

    Budget cuts hitting Colorado hard aren't expected to have an immediate impact on county operations, but Jeffco officials are concerned that human services programs could be hurt down the road.

    State budget officials announced last week that the state would have to close a $384 million budget gap heading into fiscal 2009-10, which begins July 1.

  • Congrove legal fees still being paid by the county

    Jefferson County taxpayers continue to fund former county commissioner Jim Congrove's legal bills, even though he hasn't worked for the county in nearly six months.

  • Vision quest: Blind man sets sights on hiking across the U.S.

    Time was, Mike Shaak's life was pretty unremarkable: work, family, friends and pastimes.

    Shaak enjoyed his job as a corn miller, and for fun he liked to drag race. Shaak also took pride in having lived all over the country, from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma to Arkansas. And, his two young daughters were the light of his life.

    But suddenly, it all went dark.

    Last year, Shaak’s retinas became detached. He had surgery, but it was unsuccessful. At age 37, Shaak was blind.

  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.

  • Democratic challengers in CD6 race face tough time raising dough

    Although nearly 18 months remain in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat, an early look shows that the two Democratic challengers are facing hurdles when it comes to fund-raising.

    "It's been slow," says John Flerlage, one of two Democrats running to oust Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional perch in November 2010. Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat, says his fund-raising has been difficult because of the economy.