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  • Company facing OSHA fines in videographer's fall from lift

    A California racing-oil company is facing $91,000 in fines from the federal Department of Labor, following a Lakewood videographer’s deadly fall from a modified lift at a June 25 motocross event.
    Stuart Keene, 57, fell about 20 feet from the platform on an elevated lift that had its guardrails removed, said an official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Keene was setting up equipment to film the Thunder Valley Nationals, a motocross event held at the Morrison track.

  • Benefit concert to be held for Dakota Ridge student injured in crash

    A group of Dakota Ridge High School students studying sports and entertainment marketing have prepared a benefit concert for student Dallas Vosburg, who was hit by a truck in a crosswalk by the school in October.

    The Capture the Dream concert will feature You Tube crooning sensation Graham Stookey, as well as students Chris Fairbank and Michael Vigil.

  • Colorado’s civil rights icon

    A Colorado governor whose courageous support of civil rights during World War II is now honored with a tall, rose-colored monument on Kenosha Pass.

    Some 264 miles of U.S. 285 was officially renamed the Ralph Carr Memorial Highway on Sunday in honor of the former governor, who opposed the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

  • Sassy savings

    South Jeffco resident Tobi Reetz is attempting to create a high-end fashion boutique in an unlikely locale.

    Among a mishmash of neighboring tenants — a dog-grooming salon, a jiu-jitsu studio and a defunct marijuana dispensary — is Sassy Seconds, a women’s consignment store, where a pair of lightly used $900 jeans might sell for a 10th of their retail price.

  • Little opposition to approval of 2011 Deer Creek Challenge

    Opposition to Jeffco’s approval of the second annual Deer Creek Challenge bicycle tour was almost nonexistent Dec. 7, compared to the vehement objections from canyon residents at last year’s public hearing.

    The ride, with three courses ranging from 33 miles to 106 miles, is scheduled for Aug. 21, 2011, a day before the start of the highly anticipated Quizno’s Pro Challenge, a week-long bicycle race covering 600 miles in Colorado.

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  • Library board rejects attempt to head off Monday closures

    A last-ditch effort to spare all Jefferson County Library branches from Monday closures in 2011 was overwhelmingly rejected Dec. 9, after two newly appointed trustees moved for a vote to reconsider the cost-saving measure.

  • Where Santa's spirit reigns

    Betty Buelter remembers her first time volunteering at the Jeffco Action Center’s annual Santa Shop, an event that provides toys for needy families during the holidays.

    Now in its fourth decade, the program has seen significant improvements. With few exceptions, the toys are all new, and the center provides gifts for about 4,000 children — something unfathomable during its first year, when only 17 families took home donated gifts.

  • Open Space funds may buy Boulder’s cooperation

    Jefferson County is hoping to spend $5 million in Open Space funds in exchange for the city and county of Boulder dropping their opposition to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, the Denver area beltway’s final link and the key to lucrative development in northwest Jeffco. 

    The land deal proposed recently by Jeffco would leverage the Open Space funds to gain Boulder’s acquiescence in construction of the toll road, an idea to which the Boulder City Council apparently is warming.

  • Entrepreneur heard a need, responded

    South Jeffco resident Laura Hansen saw an opportunity in a niche market — helping an increasingly aurally impaired population get the most out of its hearing aids.

    So the savvy entrepreneur, a former real estate appraiser, jumped at the prospect of supplying Colorado’s churches, auditoriums and other large venues with “hearing loops,” a hearing-aid-amplifying technology used in Europe for decades that is just beginning to emerge in the U.S.