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  • Local legislators divided on road improvements

    After several years of talk but no action, the legislature has approved SB 108, a transportation bill that will raise between $200 million and $250 million a year for three years, mainly through an increase in vehicle registration fees.

    SB 108 goes by the acronym FASTER, for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery.

    The bill’s chief architect was Sen. Dan Gibbs, the Democratic senator who represents Jefferson and Clear Creek counties in Senate District 16.

  • Mountain lion buries deer in leaves on Pine Drive

    Wildlife officials responded to a report of a lion sighting in the 27900 block of Pine Drive near the Canyon Courier at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 11.

    Another lion that killed a goat was later trapped and euthanized because it had lost two canine teeth and would have starved to death.

    In the first case, officers discovered the young female lion had killed a deer and buried it in a pile of branches.

  • A tale of two mountains

     

    A community umbrella group in Mount Vernon Canyon voted 13-1 on March 12 to make a unified statement against using Lookout Mountain as an alternative location for new broadcast towers.

    Some residents had been concerned that Canyon Area Residents for the Environment was using its influence to promote Lookout Mountain, which already has a supertower, as a location.

  • Bennet says $900 million in stimulus funds will prevent school layoffs

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says that $900 million in federal stimulus money headed to Colorado for educational purposes will prevent layoffs at school districts statewide, but Jeffco Public Schools officials say they aren’t so sure.

    Bennet said the federal government is doling out $44 billion in stimulus funding that will be available to state education budgets in 30 to 45 days.

  • A senator in the house: Bennet makes appearance at South Jeffco house party

    Wine and beer. Cheese. Mini pizza rolls.

    Standard fare at many house parties, but the gathering at Paula Noonan’s house Feb. 27 had a little something extra that went a long way in explaining why her South Jeffco home was packed that night: Michael Bennet, Colorado’s newest U.S. senator.

    Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, was selected by Gov. Bill Ritter on Jan. 3 to fill the void left when Sen. Ken Salazar was named secretary of the interior. The appointment became official Jan. 20.

  • Ice Melt Barrel splashes down March 5

    The third annual Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel descended into the chilling waters of Evergreen Lake on March 5 at 2:13:24 p.m., a full month earlier than last year, according to Ice Melt officials.

    The winner of the contest to predict the day on which the 55-gallon drum gets dunked has yet to be announced.

    But there are probably only about a dozen people who submitted guesses this early in the season, said Jerry Lautigar, president of Mountain/Foothills Rotary.

  • Commissioners reject increases in development fees

    A proposal by county staff to raise some fees paid by developers was shot down March 3 by the county commissioners.

    Tim Carl, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, proposed raising certain fees from $100 to $450 over the next three years. Under Carl’s plan, some fees would have increased 25 percent each year through 2011, when they would have been frozen for three years. Starting in 2014, the fees would have been adjusted every three years in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • An early start: South Jeffco Democrat already campaigning against Coffman in CD6

    Republican Tom Tancredo represented South Jeffco in Congress for 10 years after first winning the seat in 1998. His successor, Aurora Republican Mike Coffman, has been in office for less than three months — and the potential challengers already are lining up.

    One is John Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat who says he’s the only one who can go toe to toe against Coffman and win.

    “I cede nothing on security or economics as a Democrat,” Flerlage said during an interview at a South Jeffco Starbucks on March 4.

  • Jeffco takes steps to speed processing of food-stamp applications

    Jefferson County is taking steps to more quickly process food stamp applications, after the county was cited as leading the state in failing to process the applications within the federally required 30 days.

    Lynnae Flora, acting director of Jeffco’s community assistance division, said more of the division’s employees are working overtime in an effort to more quickly process the applications. The division’s workers are also getting more training, she said.

  • Ice Melt Barrel splashes down March 5

    The third annual Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel descended into the chilling waters of Evergreen Lake on March 5 at 2:13:24 p.m., a full month earlier than last year, according to Ice Melt officials.

    The winner of the contest to predict the day on which the 55-gallon drum gets dunked has yet to be announced.

    But there are probably only about a dozen people who submitted guesses this early in the season, said Jerry Lautigar, president of Mountain/Foothills Rotary.