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  • West Metro firefighters to take reduction in pay

    Firefighters in the West Metro Fire Protection District recently agreed to a 3 percent pay cut to help the district deal with dwindling property-tax revenues. The deal also includes a reduction in health benefits and a two-year salary freeze.

    The approved contract includes a 3 percent salary cut for the district’s more than 300 firefighters and a $300,000 reduction in district health-care contributions. The pay reduction averages $160 to $200 a month for each firefighter. Four civilian jobs also were eliminated.

  • Snow patrol

    The youngest member of Littleton’s volunteer snow squad is just 6 years old. This is Maiti O’Shea’s first year on the snow squad, where her shovel is indispensable in helping to clear out three of her neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks.

    Maiti joins sisters Molly, 12, and Tatum, 7, brother Finn, 9, and their dad, Sean, in a five-year family tradition of helping their neighbors.

  • Woodmar residents protest Foothills land sale

    Concerns about overdevelopment, traffic, noise and the fate of hundreds of prairie dogs dominated a Jan. 10 community meeting at which 50 Woodmar residents protested the planned rezoning of two open-space parcels at Wadsworth and Coal Mine that are likely to become shopping centers.

  • Meeting may address effort to build cover for dinosaur tracks

    A meeting this week could bring Dinosaur Ridge a step closer to constructing a $2 million cover to protect its prized Iguanodon-track fossils along Alameda Parkway.

    Jefferson County officials were slated to meet Tuesday with Friends of Dinosaur Ridge staff to draft a new lease for the group’s museum, and the document may include provisions allowing the organization to build a track cover and remodel or relocate its visitor center.

  • Not ruffing it

    A new pet supply store specializing in gourmet cat and dog kibble is putting its paws down in South Jeffco and is scheduled to open its doors Jan. 19.

    Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet, a chain that operates 17 stores in Minnesota, opened its first Colorado location last year in Cherry Creek. The South Jeffco store, at 5055 S. Kipling St., will be the third in the state. Another store is in Centennial.

  • Top cat

    Sammy the rescued cat may have endured some cold, cloudy days during his time as a stray, but now he is basking in the limelight of fame and the love of a happy home.

    Margaret Warren and Debbie Hottinger, who live on the outskirts of Morrison, adopted Sammy after Warren’s sister saw “a little furball tumble out of a truck and underneath it one afternoon in Denver. She thought it was a squirrel, but it was a small kitten, our Sammy Blue-Eyes.” That was 11 years ago.

  • RTD Call-n-Ride service begins in South Jeffco

    A new RTD Call-n-Ride service is scheduled to begin Jan. 22 in South Jeffco, partially substituting for bus routes being reduced in the area as part of $10 million in service cuts.

  • Jeffco OKs agreement on RTD bus benches

    Jefferson County last week approved a contract for exclusive management of its nearly 200 bus benches and shelters with Big Sky Outdoor Advertising.

    The measure, a departure from the prior practice of assigning multiple contracts to different vendors using a lottery-type system, will standardize all benches and shelters within unincorporated Jeffco, making them cleaner, better maintained and more accessible for RTD riders, the county said.

  • Former county commissioner Congrove dies

    Former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove, a sometimes-controversial Republican who served a single term in the county, died Jan. 10 due to heart failure.

    Congrove, a former police officer who served terms in the state House and Senate prior to election as a commissioner in 2004, opted not to run for re-election in 2008. During his time as a commissioner, Congrove was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners and chairman of the law enforcement authority board.