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5 candidates running for 3 seats on school board

By Vicky Gits

Five candidates are vying for three seats up for election on the Jefferson County school board in the current election.

Following are question-and-answer sessions with the candidates.

Laura Boggs

District 2

www.lauraboggs4jeffcoschools.com


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Commissioner Cole suggests throwing out all regulations and allowing rentals at will

Jeffco delays decision on short-term rentals

By Vicky Gits

Wednesday’s meeting was a continuation of the matter that was introduced Sept. 23 but has been a growing issue since last summer, when complaints about short-term rentals started surfacing in force.


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Moms raise PTA funds at Feline Football

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Gorgeous weather, intense competition and a whole lot of fun summed up the Feline Football tournament Sunday at Bergen Valley Elementary School.


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Property owner misses deadline in Wah Keeney case

By Vicky Gits

Wah Keeney property owner Richard Morgan could be subject to a $500 fine in connection with a Spruce Road driveway project that does not meet county standards, after failing to file an answer to the county’s complaint.

Morgan and Xcel Energy are being cited concurrently for earth-moving operations they conducted separately on Morgan’s property at 29592 Spruce Road in 2008 and 2009.

Morgan hired an attorney, was granted an extension, then missed the deadline to file an answer.


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Staying power: Vacationing locally offers personal, public benefits all year round

By Stephen Knapp

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Neighbors wary of vacationing renters

By Vicky Gits

Zoning authorities notified the owner that the rental activity is a violation of zoning regulations, and as of October the case had been turned over to the county attorney for a possible court hearing.


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Students stroll through the solar system

By The Staff

The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.


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$5 million spending plan includes nearly $1 million in improvements

Park district ponders preliminary 2010 budget

By Vicky Gits

The total cost is budgeted at $232,100, of which $46,000 is from the district’s capital improvement fund; the rest depends on winning a joint grant from Jefferson County Open Space.

The 2010 budget will be the main topic of discussion at a regular board meeting Oct. 27 at Wulf Recreation Center. The final version must be approved by mid-December.

Under the 2010 budget, the district will be able to pay for capital improvements and other one-time expenses totaling $989,000 out of revenue and savings, without increasing user fees, except for field-use fees.


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Paid employees expected to get 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase

Fire district unveils draft of 2010 budget

By Vicky Gits

The 2010 budget includes $200,000 to help with the transition to a state-of-the-art narrow-band (VHF) radio system and an unspecified amount to pay for a temporary, contract project manager to oversee the work.

The final version of the 2010 fire district budget will be unveiled at the next regular meeting of the board of directors at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at fire district headquarters, 1802 Evergreen Parkway. The meeting will start an hour earlier than usual to allow time for questions from the public.


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Owner sought permission to rent two houses near Stanley Park Drive on short-term basis

County commissioners reject vacation-rental plea

By Vicky Gits

At the Sept. 29 commissioners’ meeting, Kathy Hartman, Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky voted against the rezoning, which had been in the works for about a year.

“The Planning and Zoning Department is looking at alternative methods of legalizing short-term rentals,” Hartman said. “A rezoning action allows short-term rental in perpetuity, even if the land is sold. We would have no ability to regulate the quality of operator.”

Griffin said she realized the importance of balancing earning a livelihood against the rights of the neighborhood.


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