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  • Student mentors make learning add up

    Chatfield High School senior Stuart Farris stands by a desk at which a girl several years younger stares down at a slope y-intercept equation, the end of her pencil oscillating back and forth and her eyebrows pressed into a perplexed geometric shape.

    Placing a hand on the work surface, the Colorado School of Mines-bound student asks if she could use a nudge in the right direction. She nods, and Farris sits down, working with her for the better part of an hour on Nov. 3, making sure the basic algebra concepts stick.

  • Political newcomer Neville picked to fill vacant state Senate seat

     A Republican vacancy committee on Nov. 3 appointed South Jeffco resident Tim Neville to succeed state Sen. Mike Kopp, who announced his resignation from District 22 last month.

    Neville, who was vying for the seat along with current House District 28 Rep. Jim Kerr, won by only two votes. Among the 118 votes cast in the Ken Caryl Ranch House by the district’s Republican central committee, 60 voted for Neville and 58 voted for Kerr.

  • Fellman, Dahlkemper elected to school board

    Jeffco school board candidates Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman claimed victories Nov. 1in two key races that had the potential to determine the board’s overall philosophical makeup.

    With 133,527 ballots cast in the county, the turnout on Election Day, 50.93 percent, was Jeffco’s third largest in an odd-year election, deputy of elections Josh Liss said.

    Dahlkemper and Fellman led opponents Jim Powers and Preston Branaugh by about 12 percentage points and 21 percentage points, respectively.

  • Banner signs win permanent approval

    Jeffco businesses are now allowed to advertise on banners and sandwich boards, under a permanent zoning amendment approved on Tuesday by the county commissioners.

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  • Mother, daughter face charges related to thefts stemming from pilfered mail

    A Jefferson County grand jury delivered a 64-count indictment in September against a mother and daughter accused of stealing more than $60,000 in money and goods, which they allegedly resold on eBay.

    Between October 2010 and March 2011, the pair allegedly obtained about $30,000 in postage stamps alone, using forged checks to make the purchases at post offices in the metro area, the district attorney’s office said.

  • Hand-me-down paper route finally folds

    The O’Brien children piled into the family’s full-size van the morning of Oct. 26, each bundled in coats and scarves, cradling freshly baked biscuits in their mittens and breathing cloudy wisps into the frigid air.

    Stacked behind the three rows of seats were crates of that week’s edition of the Columbine Courier, hundreds of papers enclosed in thin sheets of translucent blue plastic, waiting to be dropped on porches throughout Columbine Knolls.

  • Jeffco judge named to state Supreme Court

    Jefferson County District Judge Brian Boatright was appointed Thursday to fill a vacancy in the state Supreme Court.

    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment, choosing Boatright over lawyers Frederick Martinez and Patrick O’Rourke, who were also finalists. State Supreme Court Judge Alex Martinez is retiring from the bench.

  • Commissioners take heat over library district

    South Jeffco residents grilled the county commissioners at an Oct. 20 citizen-input meeting over numerous hot-button issues, with a particular emphasis on library funding and efforts to create an independent library district.

    Following the commissioners’ presentation about county topics, residents also expressed ire about the construction of the large pedestrian bridge at Wadsworth and Bowles, the county’s dissolution of its audit committee and RTD’s pending cuts to local bus routes.

  • Foothills board votes to sell parcels at Wadsworth and Coal Mine

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board approved the sale Oct. 25 of two open-space parcels at Wadsworth and Coal Mine, a deal that will raise $1.5 million but has enraged neighboring homeowners.