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  • South Jeffco crash kills 2

    Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in a deadly crash Friday night in South Jeffco, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Brady Kraft, 21, of Morrison and Steven Senter, 23, of Lakewood were killed about 10 p.m. Jan. 11 when the 2000 Lincoln Continental they were traveling in went out of control after hitting a raised concrete median just south of West Belleview Avenue while heading south on South Kipling Street. The car ran off the right side of the road, hit a signal light pole and burst into flames. Kraft was driving.

  • County awaits decision on voting machines

    As state legislators wrapped up the first week of the 2008 session, the issue of what to do about the tens of millions of dollars of voting equipment that has been partially or fully decertified throughout the state looms large.

    But an election official in Jefferson County — which faces the possibility of having to replace all its decertified voting equipment at an estimated cost of more than $14 million — says getting rid of the equipment and starting over is “not an option.”

  • Robotics Club gears for a new challenge

    With its new six-week season under way, the South Jeffco Robotics Club is finding increased experience and the addition of more mentors a benefit as it builds a new machine for competition.

    The South Jeffco team is most spirited in the early months of a new year as it participates in FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The students, from a handful of area high schools, are again tasked with creating a robot to tackle a specific set of challenges.

  • A prairie dog tale: Ken Caryl Middle School students learn ecological, political lessons

    Perhaps the Littleton City Council saw its shadow. Or it simply felt weather predictions by Pennsylvania’s famous Punxsutawney Phil are sufficient.

    For a group of six Ken Caryl Middle School students who stood before the council last month, the forecast was undoubtedly gloomy.

  • Decision on Rock rezoning will have to wait

    After about four hours of discussion and testimony, the lights shut off in Hearing Room 1 at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility.

    It seemed almost appropriate that, after more than a year of community meetings and adjustments to an expansion plan for The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church, the Planning Commission hearing required a continuance. The hearing will continue at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 23.

  • Early snowpack totals up statewide

    Early snowpack surveys promise ample summer water supplies across most of Colorado.

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  • Public hearing set on Rock rezoning

    More than a year has passed since The Rock of Southwest began the process of rezoning. Now it has reached the public stage, with its first hearing before the planning commission Jan. 9.

    Among the reasons the case has been drawn out are that the church adjusted its draft official development plan multiple times to better meet Jefferson County standards. Westridge, the neighborhood where The Rock is located, has also voiced some heavy resistance, from individuals and the homeowner association.

  • Person who stole $100,000 from sports association repaying funds

    The person who stole more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association has repaid 40 percent of the stolen money, according to the association’s president, and the remaining 60 percent is due Jan. 23.

    “I feel good about it,” said Jeff Wahl, the association’s president. “Forty percent of the money has already been repaid, with 60 percent payable on the 23rd. The person definitely has incentive to make that second payment, and I think that they want to get it behind them.”

  • SWAT members can share school-shooting insights — but not for a fee

    Several Jeffco Regional SWAT Team members will be allowed to share with other departments their experiences and insights related to the shootings at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools, but they won’t be allowed to charge a fee, Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink said Wednesday.

    “Their actions were well intentioned, but they didn’t follow (internal) policies,” Mink said.