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  • Food bank forced to buy food, Action Center sees demand soar, donations decline

    Kenny Kozlowski, 37, was getting by like any average working person. He was employed by a plumbing company, earning between $500 and $600 per week, and making ends meet.

    Kozlowski did construction-related work for more than 20 years but was severely injured in a motocross accident two years ago, forcing him to take a break from heavy construction. And then, when the plumbing company laid him off, he was out of luck.

  • Manor House in foreclosure

    The Manor House, the historic center of Ken-Caryl, is in foreclosure, according to information provided by the Jefferson County public trustee.

    Property owner T&T LLC, a rent-to-own business created in part by Michael Shinn, owes $1,234,081.11 on a $1.8 million loan it secured from Horizon Banks in March 2006. Shinn acquired the Manor House nearly two years ago with the initial intent to turn it into a headquarters for T&T LLC, which his sons now operate. However, the Manor House was ultimately restored to a high-end restaurant and event center, reopening in October 2006.

  • Courier's parent company could be sold

    The family that owns Landmark Communications, parent company of the Columbine Courier, is exploring a sale of company businesses, including its weekly newspaper division and the Weather Channel.

    Frank Batten Jr., Landmark's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement last week that the privately held company had retained JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to help it look into possible sale scenarios.

  • Congrove cleared in CBI investigation; 'murky' behavior troubles prosecutor

    A special prosecutor investigating allegations that Jeffco Commissioner Jim Congrove inappropriately authorized the use of county money to hire a friend to investigate a county critic and employee will not file charges in the case.

    But a couple of issues related to Congrove’s behavior remain “murky” and “clearly troubling,” according to the prosecutor’s statement, however.

    Congrove did not return a call seeking comment on the report.

  • Sledders make tracks to an old haunt: New Parking area at Sledding Hill Park fills quickly

    While last week’s storms may have been a burden for those traveling the area’s slick roads, the blanket of snow was a welcome sight to sledding enthusiasts.

    Sledding Hill Park was busy in the days following Christmas, thanks to two winter storms that brought more than 8 inches of new snow to the area. For many, the visit was their first chance to make tracks this season.

    Another first, at least for those who visited the park at South Kipling Street and West Ken Caryl Avenue, was the chance to use a new parking lot that was installed last spring.

  • Roxborough water district believes it has solved smelly problem

    The Roxborough Water and Sanitation District believes it has solved an odiferous issue that plagued Columbine Hills residents after the completion of a new wastewater line.

    That smell emanated from the district’s recently completed 14-mile pipeline, which is part of a wastewater regionalization project. But for those who live near — or simply drove by — Roxborough’s transfer station near C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road, that strong odor was too much to take throughout November.

  • E-mail, phone scam uses Jeffco Credit Union logo

    Jeffco Credit Union of Lakewood on Friday temporarily halted online bank transactions after being deluged since Thursday with reports of phony e-mails and phone calls trying to get customers to disclose their credit card numbers. The scam is known as “phishing.”

    The credit union has disabled transferrals and withdrawals in an effort to prevent customers’ losses, 9News said Friday night. Account viewing is still allowed. Many people who are not members of the credit union are receiving the e-mails and phone calls.

  • Foothills approves 2008 budget

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s board of directors adopted its 2008 budget Dec. 12, providing spending guidelines that the district hopes will prevent it from making any service reductions as it seeks a mill-levy increase in May.

    The 2008 budget numbers are below those of 2007, with revenue projected at $22,805,018; while this year saw revenue of $24,138,018. Expenditures for 2008 are set at $23,946,404, down $687,329 from 2007’s revised budget number of $24,946,404.

  • Peiffer students send Loving Hugs to kids in need

    On the last day before winter break, three Peiffer Elementary fourth-graders scrambled to clear the school’s Christmas tree of its presents.

    It was not a re-enactment of Dr. Seuss’ story about the Grinch. To the contrary, the tree was simply meant as a gathering place, somewhere where the more than 300 stuffed animals donated by students could stay until they were shipped off to kids in need across the world.

    The presents were part a drive sponsored by Loving Hugs Inc., a new nonprofit started by a South Jeffco resident in an effort to help children worldwide.

  • Taxes and tribulations: For south Jeffco, 2008 saw stories that mattered in the community

    Taxes, or the rejection thereof, liquor stores that look like cathedrals, new contracts, retirements and memorials.

    That was 2007, in the most concise list possible.

    But those who experienced the many stories might remember each in somewhat less simple terms. It might be saying too much — or maybe coming off too grandiose — to say that the stories and events define the community. However, it comes across as an elegant fact that the reason some stories stand above others is because of how much they matter to each community stakeholder.