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  • When lightning strikes twice

    Lightning does strike twice: Just ask the South Jeffco man and his 9-months’-pregnant wife who had two lightning-related experiences in one week and survived with no physical scars to show for it.

    On July 24 a lightning strike took out a branch of a huge dead tree in the couple’s backyard about 9 p.m. while they were in the house. The next week, a bolt nearly blew them off the path around a lake where they were taking a stroll.

  • Library copes with lower revenue in 2013

    The Jeffco Public Library board on Aug. 2 approved a preliminary $26 million bare-bones budget for 2013 that includes no layoffs or closings and anticipates transferring about $1.4 million from the reserve fund to pay for operating expenses. At the end of the year, the projected fund balance would stand at about $8 million.

  • Developers’ request for park-fee relief denied

     While agreeing that the subject of park-and-rec development fees needs to be addressed, the county commissioners on July 31 rejected a developer's plea to reduce the fee for the 250-unit Kipling Commons apartment complex on 9 acres at West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.

    The developer proposed to pay $2,600 per unit, while the county maintained the fee would be closer to $4,600 per unit, with zero property set aside for parks.

  • Rezoning for dog day-care center approved

    A former day-care center for children at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Carr Street could become a day-care center for dogs after rezoning, with restrictions, was approved July 31 by the county commissioners on a 2-1 vote.

    Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted to approve the building's possible use as a dog day-care center. Commissioner Faye Griffin voted no.

  • Auditor’s report confirms accuracy of county's financial statement

    Outside financial examiners hired to perform a comprehensive audit report concluded that Jefferson County’s financial statements are free of material misstatements.

    Audit partner Kim Huggins of CPA firm EideBailly of Golden presented results of the 235-page study on July 31 at a regular monthly briefing session with the county commissioners. The study is available online at http://jeffco.us/acct/acct_T135_R4.htm.

  • Romney rips Obama economic record in Jeffco visit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Thursday and promoted his job-creating and deficit-cutting policies, while blasting President Barack Obama’s inability to turn around the economy.

    “He had a lot of people excited. But look at the results. It’s been a disappointment. His policies have not worked,” Romney said.

  • C-470 crash kills Littleton woman

    A 58-year-old Littleton woman died after a single-car crash just before 8 p.m. July 31 in Lone Tree.

    Theresa Orton died at the scene after the Honda Civic she was driving drifted into the median from the westbound lanes of C-470 near South Quebec Street, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker.

    Orton's vehicle hit a guardrail head-on. The car then swerved across all the lanes three times before coming to a stop, blocking the right lane and the westbound shoulder.

  • The school-tax question: spending vs. enrollment

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say the district’s spending history belies its claims of austerity in recent years.

  • Developer seeks waiver of park and rec fee

    The county commissioners on July 17 postponed a decision on whether the developers of a proposed 250-unit apartment complex known as Kipling Commons should be given a 57 percent break on the park and recreation fee.

    Any reduction in the fee would affect the operations of the Foothills Park & Recreation District. The developer argued that the county's requirements are too burdensome when applied to multi-family developments.