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  • LARASA helping Latinos apply for food stamps in Jeffco

    A Denver-based Latino advocacy organization is helping Latino residents apply for food stamps in Jefferson County, and the county says the project has been a huge help.

    The Latin American Research and Service Agency recently was awarded a federal grant to help low-income Latino households apply for food stamps in Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver counties.

    The nonprofit group initially planned to use the money to encourage more Latinos to apply for benefits but after meeting with county officials, it became clear the mission had to change.

  • County awarded $213,000 in suit over investments

    A district judge awarded Jefferson County more than $213,000 after ruling that investments made by former treasurer Mark Paschall were unlawful.

    The county sued Ohio-based Capital Securities of America Inc. in 2007 after two of its brokers sold then-Treasurer Mark Paschall four collateralized mortgage obligations worth more than $114 million.

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    However, both sides say they want to resolve the pay issues so the teachers have a contract and are willing to go to a state negotiator if necessary.

  • County releases first quarter 2009 financial numbers: Revenues down slightly, expenditures up over 2008 first quarter

    Jefferson County's general fund maintained a healthy balance in the first quarter of 2009, but it reflects some of the country's economic woes when compared with the first three months of 2008, according to a recent presentation by the county's top budget official.

    The county's general fund is doing fine, even though revenues are down or flat and expenditures are up, County Administration and Services Director Todd Leopold told county commissioners May 19.

  • Resident sees art center in empty Albertsons

    The former Albertsons supermarket on Stagecoach Boulevard might look like an abandoned big-box store to most, but to Russ Campbell, the 51,000-square-foot structure has the makings of the arts and community center that some have been dreaming of for years.

    Campbell came up with the idea about a month ago and has been promoting it to arts groups. The proposed project, which would be privately funded, is still in very preliminary stages.

  • Stingers soccer now has a rival

    A group of Evergreen area parents is coming together to form an alternative soccer program under the umbrella of Colorado Rush of Littleton, a nonprofit soccer club with 5,000 players in Colorado.

    The move comes in the wake of a reorganization by the Stingers Soccer Club, the dominant group in Evergreen with 900 players.

    The new group has already scheduled soccer tryouts at Evergreen High School on Saturday, May 30, for under-11 girls from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and boys from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the upper high school field.

  • Green Ridge residents enjoy the gift of time

    When the hard-working timepiece in the lobby finally tolled its last hour about three weeks back, hard-working Green Ridge Meadow Apartments resident Wendy Lockwood didn’t waste a second.

    “I called in a little ad that said the complex needed a clock with chimes,” said Lockwood, a friendly woman with snowy hair and a perpetual grin. “We got quite a few responses. There are a lot of good people in this world.”

  • Citizen budgeters recommend county finance $60 million in projects

    Jeffco’s Citizen Budget Review Panel will formally recommend that the county spend $5 million annually for the next 20 years to finance more than $60 million in construction and equipment needs.

    The panel, made up of county residents, has been meeting since late February to help officials prioritize spending on construction and equipment. Over the last few months, the group has met with various county departments to hear about the most pressing needs and has grappled with how to generate funds to finance the projects that county officials say are desperately needed.

  • Storey, McCasky clash over term limits

    An effort by Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey to extend term limits for his office might be over before the question even goes to voters.

    Storey, who began his second term in January, has been trying to get support to extend limits for his and the sheriff's office to three terms, or 12 consecutive years. Current law allows for two consecutive terms, or eight years, for all Jefferson County elected officials.

  • County fears late fees, increase might torque vehicle owners

    Jeffco officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to how county residents might react to looming increases in vehicle registration fees and mandatory late fees for those who fail to register vehicles on time.

    The county will spend $55,000 hiring off-duty police officers to provide security at three of its five motor vehicle offices, including South Jeffco's office at 6004 S. Kipling St., Unit A.