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    Chatfield Reservoir expansion meetings

    The U.S. Corps of Engineers has scheduled public involvement meetings in connection with its June 8 release of the Chatfield Reservoir expansion project draft report and environmental impact statement. The meetings are: Monday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St. in Parker; and Tuesday June 26, at Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave. in Littleton.

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  • Schools put property-tax increase on November ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put two property-tax increase questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voter approval of both would mean a net $40 annual increase in taxes on a $250,000 home.

    County residents will vote on a mill-levy increase that would generate $39 million and a bond issue that would allow the district to borrow $99 million.

  • 2012-13 school budget eliminates 31 positions

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • County critic wins appeal in 2009 First Amendment case

    An appeals court has ruled that Jeffco critic and talk-show host Mike Zinna is entitled to receive reasonable attorney fees beyond the $8,000 he initially was awarded in connection with his 2009 First Amendment lawsuit against former Jefferson County commissioner Jim Congrove, who died Jan. 10 of heart failure.

    As a result of the decision, published June 5, county taxpayers are potentially on the hook for thousands of dollars in legal fees. The exact amount of the appropriate fee is to be determined by a lower court.

  • Stroud aims to upset DeGette in CD1

    Lifelong Republican, West Point graduate, Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider and small-business owner Dan Stroud believes he has the formula for successfully defeating U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in the 1stCongressional District.

    His campaign slogan is "Regret DeGette? Vote Dan Stroud, CD1."

    Stroud and truck driver Richard Murphy are on the GOP ballot in the June 26 primary in CD1; the winner faces DeGette in the Nov. 6 general election.

  • "Mystery trucker" sets sights on DeGette

    After emerging on the political scene from virtually nowhere, Richard Murphy, a down-to-earth, 61-year-old trucker and Vietnam vet from Green Valley Ranch in northeast Denver, is jockeying to be the Republican anti-war candidate against veteran politician Diana DeGette in CD1.

    DeGette has served 17 years in Congress and won election eight times. After redistricting, South Jeffco is now in the newly reconfigured 1st Congressional District, with the Democrat DeGette the incumbent. It was previously in the 6th, with incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.

  • Chatfield Reservoir expansion to flood 500 acres

     Under a proposal to expand Chatfield Reservoir, more than 500 acres of the existing 5,400-acre park will be flooded, requiring the reconstruction of most of the park facilities, including the marina, boat ramp, swim beach and balloon launch area.

    The $194 million project would add 20,600 acre-feet of storage capacity to the current 27,000 acre-feet. An acre-foot represents the annual water use of one family.

  • Food vendors face new regulations at farmers markets

    The upscale food-court atmosphere that prevails at so many farmers markets has prompted Jeffco health authorities to impose stricter regulations on food vendors selling items typically offered at restaurants.

    Some small-business operators are complaining, and some are choosing to take their offerings elsewhere.

    Vendors selling what are called potentially hazardous food items — such as burritos, tamales, pizza slices, hamburgers and salads — for immediate consumption must submit a plan to health authorities first and obtain a $255 mobile unit license.

  • Capacity of Chatfield Reservoir could double under federal plan

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a feasibility study and environmental impact statement for the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir in South Jefferson County.