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  • School district hails passage of tax increase

    Proponents of two property-tax increases that will enable Jeffco Public Schools to avoid sizable budget cuts were happy that the measures were approved by voters in the Nov. 6 election.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “I’m thrilled, and I think it was teamwork and integrity (that won the election). … We told the truth. We said, ‘This is about kids. This is what’s going to happen.’ ”

  • Suspect arrested in 'threats' that led to ACC evacuation

    Buildings at Arapahoe Community College were evacuated Tuesday evening because of "threats against the school."

    An ACC spokeswoman said later that a man had been arrested off campus in connection with the threats. She said he was not an ACC student.

    School officials and security personnel canvassed the campus at 7 p.m., telling everyone they needed to evacuate immediately. A woman whose daughter was in the pool for swimming lessons said parents were told to evacuate as quickly as possible without taking time to let the kids change.

  • Search launched for missing woman, 83

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public in finding a missing 83-year-old woman, Bobbye Benham. The South Jeffco woman was believed to have been driving to a nursing home in Denver to visit her husband, but never arrived.

    Benham has short-term memory loss and difficulty hearing. When visiting her husband, she normally wears black slacks and a black jacket and carries a medium-size black purse. She wears glasses, which are not seen in the photo.

  • Everett wins against Parker in state House District 22

    Republican Justin Everett convincingly won the election for state representative from House District 22 against Democrat Mary Parker with 22,698 votes, or 53 percent. Parker, a political newcomer, garnered 18,867 votes in the Republican dominated district.

    A South Jeffco native and former president of CoHOPE, Everett launched the campaign season by winning a tough primary against Republican Loren Bauman.

    Parker came on strong with an energetic campaign, experience as a small-business owner, volunteer experience and a working mom. 

  • Commission race too close to call

    More than a week after Election Day, the county commission race in District 2 between incumbent John Odom and challenger Casey Tighe remains undecided, with thousands of provisional ballots still unrecorded.

  • Democrat Kerr captures Senate District 22 seat

    In a Jeffco race that attracted a considerable amount of money from outside groups, Democrat Andy Kerr won over Republican Ken Summers in state Senate District 22.

    Kerr captured 52.37 percent of the vote to Summers' 47.63 percent.

    South Jeffco residents were flooded with mailers targeting both Kerr and Summers in the last few weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

  • Voters return DeGette to Congress

    Incumbent Democrat Diana DeGette was an early winner in Colorado congressional races, easily defeating Republican Danny Stroud in the redrawn 1st District.

    DeGette had 53 percent of the vote, versus Stroud with 42 percent. Degette's victory coincided with Barack Obama's, who captured 51 percent of Jefferson County votes, compared to Mitt Romney with 47 percent.

  • Open Space outlines 2013 projects

    Jefferson County Open Space unveiled a list of goals for 2013, including building 4 miles of natural surface trail on South Table Mountain.

    Amy Ito, manager of park planning and construction, outlined the plans in a study session at the monthly meeting of the Open Space Advisory Committee on Nov. 1.

    The $3.45 million budget includes $1.4 million to complete a design/build contract for 4 miles of the Peaks to Plains trail from Mayhem Gulch west to Clear Creek County along Clear Creek.

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  • Foreclosures leveling off in Jeffco

     As home foreclosures level off in Jefferson County, the home price index for the Denver area increased 5.5 percent from August 2011 to August 2012 — not exactly a surge, but perhaps a mini-surge.

    It was the eighth year-over-year increase in a row for Denver and the largest year-over-year increase since January 2002, according to the Case-Shiller home price index released Oct. 30.