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  • Griffin joins McCasky, Hartman on commission

    The new Jefferson County commissioner won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    "I was pleased I won," Griffin said. "That's always pretty neat."

    Griffin said she's been attending budget hearings since her election victory. The 2009 budget will be tough for the commissioners, and Griffin will have to get up to speed quickly.

  • A look back at Election ’08 in Jeffco

    Many people have commented in the last week that they're happy the election is over, regardless of the result. But as the 2008 election is relegated to the history books, a few items in Jefferson County merit mention:

    • Jefferson County saw a record number of ballots cast in the 2008 general election, according to Josh Liss, the county's deputy of elections.

    The previous record was about 272,000 ballots cast, and even without counting provisional ballots, the county had already processed 291,176 ballots.

    "It was a big election," Liss said.

  • Jeffco deputy at center of DNC controversy

    A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy pepper-sprayed two Denver police detectives posing as protesters Aug. 25 during a protest at the Democratic National Convention — an action the American Civil Liberties Union said exacerbated an already tense situation in which more than 100 people were ultimately arrested.

    Deputy Brian Shousse pepper-sprayed the detectives after they faked an attack on a Denver police commander, a ruse that was said to be necessary so the detectives could avoid having their undercover status compromised.

  • Best of the bunch

    THORNTON — The risk for Bethel Lindsley was certainly worth the gain.

    Had it been your run of the mill regular-season meet, Lindsley likely wouldn’t have competed with her injured shoulder.

    But, this was state, and being a senior, it was her last time to compete on the sport’s biggest stage. She also knew that if the Cougars were to realize their dream of winning a state title, she had to be out on the floor.

    She was there, and she certainly didn’t disappoint.

  • No waiting necessary at Evergreen polling places

    Judging by the lack of wait time at selected polling places in Evergreen, the big story of Election Day 2008, other than the results, is that early voting and mail-in voting were working so well that last-minute voting may become obsolete.

    In general, election judges outnumbered voters at any given moment on Tuesday at the Lake House, Evergreen Middle School and Buchanan Rec Center.

    Reports from Kittredge Community Center and Church of the Transfiguration confirmed the impression that voting on Election Day was pretty much a piece of cake.

  • Evergreen's gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

    If few mountain-area institutions can equal the venerable restaurant’s longevity, none can match it for pure distinction.

  • Evergreen’s gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

  • Evergreen man killed in accident near Golden

    Richard Benavidez of Evergreen was killed in a car accident near Golden Oct. 28.

    Benavidez, 68, was driving a 2008 Nissan Titan at about 12:19 p.m. on westbound Highway 40 near Golden when he went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and then a tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck then went airborne and rolled onto its side.

  • Ralston Ranch divided into five mega-estates

    Ralston Ranch, one of the last large undeveloped parcels on the Front Range, has been divided into five large parcels that are being sold to individual buyers as mega-estates at multimillion-dollar prices.

    The entire 768-acre ranch was sold to Talavera Properties Inc. of Denver in a single transaction in September 2007. It has since been divided into mega-lots.

  • Judge affirms approval of Mount Morrison TV tower

    A judge has dismissed a neighborhood group’s complaint against the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners over its approval of a plan for a horizontal TV tower just below the ridgeline on the east face of Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheater.

    The approved tower will have at least five towers extending at least 30 to 50 feet or more above the ridgeline.

    Canyon Area Residents for the Environment, or CARE, contested the decision to allow the tower on grounds that Bear Creek Development Co. hadn’t complied with a higher court’s orders.