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  • Peiffer cultivates real-life lessons

    The best way to teach children about sustainability and healthy living is to fully immerse them in the practice of it — at least that’s Peiffer Elementary School’s motto.

    The South Jeffco school began work on its community garden last Friday, and teachers, students and parents gathered at the school during the district’s fall break to help.

  • Columbine High graduate had key role in making of movie

    When “American Honey” hits the Esquire Theatre in Denver and the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton on Friday, South Jeffco residents may recognize a familiar name in the credits.

    Allison Rose Carter, a 2001 graduate of Columbine High School, worked as a line producer on the film, which is directed by Andrea Arnold and stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.

    As a line producer, it was Carter’s job to work with the director, analyze the cost of the film, create a budget, hire the crew and help bring together the film’s larger elements.

  • Normandy teacher Carrie Jordan wins presidential award

    Carrie Jordan’s class photos run the length of Normandy Elementary’s gym wall. Every year from 1995 to 2016, 25 or so students surrounded their teacher in each photo. And while the fashion and hairstyles changed over those years, the smiles on their faces did not.

    And, maybe today, those students don’t remember the mathematics principles their teacher, “Miss Jordan,” taught them. But, if nothing else, they likely do remember how she taught it — with fun games and a positive attitude.

  • County commissioners review draft 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

    The county’s draft 2017 budget was presented to the commissioners by budget and risk management director Mary O’Neil and budget manager Dan Conway, who said next year’s spending plan amounts to $541.3 million. The budget is balanced assuming the use of $29.3 million in reserve funds, they said.

  • Thief on a roll steals bench from home

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fleet-footed thief accused of stealing a bench from a South Jeffco home on Oct. 3 or 4. 

    “It was stolen sometime between the 3rd and the 4th of October, probably overnight on the 3rd into the morning on the 4th,” said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • One-time Denver officer convicted of two felonies in Jeffco court

    A one-time Denver police officer, who was accused of arranging a tryst at a Burger King in South Jeffco with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old, has been convicted of two felonies.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty last week of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Ellsworth, who is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1, faces nine years to life in prison.

  • Funds sought for repairs to Columbine Memorial

    The Columbine Memorial Foundation is raising funds to help repair parts of the memorial at Clement Park.

    Though fund-raising efforts are ongoing, replacement of the buckling concrete on the inner part of the circle at the memorial entrance is the top priority of Columbine Memorial Foundation president Alan Cram.

    “We are trying to get an endowment set up to care for the facility long term,” he said. “(But) my view is a little shorter term. We’ve got an issue that we’re trying to get resolved.”

  • Program designed to prevent sexual abuse of children

    Kim Lakin-Creger is on a mission to prevent sexual abuse of children Colorado.

    As someone who was sexually abused as a child, Lakin-Creger knows the warning signs and the long-lasting effects that abuse can have. She wants to ensure that what happened to her does not happen to others.

  • Inter-Canyon installs AEDs at all five fire stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District last week installed automated external defibrillators at each of its five fire stations.

    An AED corrects a life-threatening, irregular heartbeat by administering a controlled electric shock to the chest of a person suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Early application of an AED and CPR offer the best possible chance of survival, said Daniel Hatlestad, spokesman for Inter-Canyon.

  • Foothills announces reopening of Lilley Gulch pool

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District announced last week it is reopening the Lilley Gulch pool on Saturday, Oct. 15.

    The announcement comes about one month after Foothills officials were forced to close the Lilley Gulch pool, at 6147 S. Holland Way, because of a shortage of lifeguards. Following the closure, more than 150 people signed up for district’s lifeguard training course, according to a statement on the Foothills website.