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  • Jeffco’s elected officials sworn in

    A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.

    The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

  • Asphalt scammers again making mountain rounds

    Mountain residents know that long winters often leave residents with driveways in need of repair. Scam artists know the same thing.

    On Oct. 14, a member of the Cornell family of Conifer was tending to the front yard and was approached by a representative for an asphalt company named “Blacktop Service.”

    “The man was clean-cut and professional,” a family member said.

    She said the representative asked if she wanted the family’s driveway repaved with extra asphalt his company had left over from a previous job.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Gerou, Kopp roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Senior housing proposed between two parks

    County planning officials are looking at a private developer’s proposal to build 14 senior-living units on private property bordered by Buchanan and Bergen parks north of the Buchanan Rec Center.

    The property consists of two 1-acre parcels bordered by Bergen Park on the north and Buchanan Park on the south.

  • Free seminar designed to help those looking for work

    Judaism in the Foothills and the Canyon Courier are co-sponsoring a free weekly seminar in the Evergreen area to help people who are looking for work in the ailing economy.

    Rabbi Levi Brackman will give a presentation designed to help people as they transition to new careers or businesses. The lessons, wisdom and advice that Brackman offers come from the Torah and Judaism’s other ancient texts, but the seminars are open to all people no matter their religion or background.

    Brackman will help the attendees to:

  • Elk Meadow grows by 7 acres — for $600,000

    Jefferson County Open Space on Dec. 19 closed the deal to buy 7 acres zoned residential next to the Elk Meadow Open Space Park in Evergreen for $600,000.

    The land located west of Evergreen Parkway at Bergen Peak Drive is situated between a housing development and the park at the intersection of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

    The advisory committee of the Jeffco Open Space department recommended acquiring the parcel, and the Open Space Advisory Commission approved it in a split vote at a regular meeting Sept. 4.

  • Rootop panels power Evergreen sign business

    When Chris Krieg bought a building for his Evergreen Signs company in 2002, he wasn’t thinking about solar power. He was thinking about getting out of his home workshop and investing in a prime piece of Evergreen real estate.

  • Albertsons closing in Evergreen

    Management at the Evergreen Albertsons informed 67 workers on Friday, Jan. 16, that the store will be closing on Feb. 19 after 12 years.

    Someone who answered the phone at the store confirmed the information about the closing, which first came to the Courier in the form of an anonymous tip.

    A checkout clerk at the store also told a shopper that the store was closing.

    The company will attempt to find new jobs for the laid-off employees, and they will receive severance pay if they can't be placed, said corporate spokeswoman Christine Wilcox in Idaho.