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  • South Jeffco Republican elected GOP caucus chair

    South Jeffco Republican Mike Kopp said last week that his election to chair the state Senate’s GOP caucus will directly and indirectly benefit his constituents.

    “I will have an opportunity, a more formal opportunity, to have influence in the Republican caucus, and, hopefully, even though we’re in minority status right now, that influence will have a broader reach ee into the Senate,” Kopp said.

  • Foothills board begins process of finding new director

    Bob Easton, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, announced last week he is leaving his position, ending more than 31 years as a district employee.

    Easton, who began working for Foothills in 1974 as superintendent of parks, will serve as executive director through Dec. 31. He plans to continue Foothills’ campaign for a mill-levy boost as a part-time consultant through June 2008.

    “As far as why, it just seemed like the right time,” Easton said. “Thirty-one years here has been a very rewarding career for me.”

  • West Chamber honors Courier columnist for contributions

    Hannah Hayes might be best known among Columbine Courier readers for her written skirmishes with Kelly Weist in the weekly “Both Sides Now” editorial-page feature.

    But it was Hayes’ contributions in the holistic health care field that earned her recognition at the West Chamber’s annual Celebrate Women Breakfast.

    Hannah and Donn Hayes are the wife-and-husband team behind OHCO — or the Oriental Herb Co. — that is best known for the health supplement Cold Snap.

  • The right stuffing: First-grader wins Courier's turkey hunt contest

    Alex Pangei bounced with excitement as he told the story of his success in the great turkey hunt of 2007.

    The fact that his success earned him a cool $250 only added fuel to that enthusiasm.

    Alex, 6, with the help of his family, followed the clues scattered in the newspaper and the community and won the Columbine Courier’s turkey hunt.

    “People say we’re lucky all the time, but that’s just because we play games,” said Nancy Pangei, Alex’s mom.

  • Searching for Santa: Jolly St. Nick revels in busy season at the mall

    The jolly bearded man in the bright red suit was a bit elusive on Friday at Southwest Plaza.

    His enclave near JC Penney seemed almost neglected. A handful of parents with strollers surrounded Santa’s set, but few children were venturing to his lap.

    But there was a reason for this lull in the general festivities: St. Nick was about to take a lunch break.

  • Man arrested in Internet luring of a child

    Donald Joseph Cameron, 40, of Thornton was arrested Monday night on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child. Cameron, the editor of Ski Racing International, is alleged to have engaged in sexual online chat with someone he believed to be a teen under age 15.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Cameron performed sexual acts on a webcam knowing that the teen he knew to be under-aged was watching. The under-aged teen was actually an undercover district attorney’s investigator.

  • 73-year-old Loveland man charged with Internet luring

    A 73-year-old Loveland man was charged Nov. 20 with one count of Internet luring of a child. Elmer Eldor Ehlers was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators on Nov.13.

    Ehlers is accused of having met someone he believed to be an under-aged teenage girl on the Internet and engaged in graphic sexual online “chat.” The teen actually was an undercover Jefferson County district attorney’s investigator.

    Ehlers was released from the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has until Nov. 29 to schedule a preliminary hearing.

  • SCFD, Jeffco end dispute over 2004 election costs

    The Scientific Cultural and Facilities District and Jefferson County have agreed to end all legal action after an agreement was reached last week in a dispute over costs related to the 2004 elections.

  • Car break-in ring broken up, but Sheriff says it's jut the tip of the iceberg

    An Oct. 24 arrest by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office led to the breakup of a car break-in ring tied to at least 10 break-ins and to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property.

    But the arrest of several juveniles and an adult in the case didn’t even put a dent in the problem of car break-ins, according to the sheriff’s office. Car break-ins are particularly common around Red Rocks Park and Matthews/Winters Park, with 215 since January.

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