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  • Sheriff's Calls

    The Bachelor pre-empted

  • Mother of teen held in hammer attack says girl was bullied

    The Columbine High School student accused of striking two fellow students Feb. 13 with a hammer has been bullied for years and had warned a faculty member of her intentions on the morning of the incident, the girl’s mother told the Courier.

  • Investigation of Internet harassment apparently fell through cracks at Sheriff’s Office

    A harassment complaint related to a 13-year-old girl’s personal information being posted to a pornographic website last year was never pursued, inadvertently leaving the case open and uninvestigated since July.

    The open sheriff’s report was brought to the Courier’s attention by the girl’s mother, after her daughter was charged in connection with a Feb. 13 altercation at Columbine High School involving a hammer.

  • Three board seats up for election at West Metro Fire

    Three of the seven West Metro Fire Rescue board of director seats are up for election in May, and as of last week the district had received only a handful of self-nominations.

    Board president and District 4 director Pam Feely is running again for her seat, though incumbent Ted Waller is ineligible to run, as he no longer resides in District 7 following a redrawing of district boundaries that pushed Waller out by several blocks.

  • Community heroes teach life lessons to children

    Crouched on all fours and laden with layers of heavy firefighting gear and a helmet, Dan Wenger, a firefighter with West Metro Fire Protection, inches forward, demonstrating to a group of captivated pre-kindergartners the way to get out of a building in a fire.

    “Like a snake!” one child squeals.

    “I can crawl real fast!” another exclaims.

  • School board to end agenda-setting through e-mail

    The Jeffco school board is halting its practice of holding e-mail discussions to develop agendas, a member told the Columbine Courier following an investigative review of the board’s recent e-mails.

  • Jeffco elections division moving to Laramie Building

    Jefferson County on Feb. 27 is relocating its elections division offices to the Laramie Building from its current location in the County Courts and Administration Building.

    The move will consolidate the offices with the county’s ballot-counting center, which is already in the Laramie Building.

    The office will be closed Feb. 24 in order to allow the move. The office will reopen the following Monday at the new address, 3500 Illinois St., Suite 1100, in Golden.

    For more information about the elections division, visit www.votejeffco.com.

  • Jazzercise teacher delivers

    Pregnancy and exercise do mix.

    Those words could not be truer for Littleton resident Katherine McDonald, who gave birth to her daughter Macy on Feb. 13. McDonald’s labor was short, and the most interesting part is how it all came about.

    McDonald, 34, is a Jazzercise instructor at the Littleton Jazzercise Center. She’s been teaching for about a year, and the 9:15 a.m. class on Feb. 13 was going to be her last because her baby was due on Feb. 24.

  • Andy Kerr holds campaign event in new district

    House District 26 Rep. Andy Kerr brought his Democratic state Senate campaign to South Jeffco for the first time Feb. 16, meeting with local residents in the recently redrawn district that is up for grabs in November.

    Though four candidates are registered in the race, including incumbent Tim Neville and House District 28 Rep. Jim Kerr, both Republicans, only Andy Kerr and Republican House District 22 Rep. Ken Summers live within the district’s new boundaries.

  • Democrat will challenge Odom for commission seat

    Democrat Casey Tighe has the lofty goal of unseating Jeffco Commissioner John Odom in November, and the Colorado Department of Transportation audit director is ending his 24-year career to focus completely on his campaign.

    Tighe, a longtime Golden resident who filed his candidate affidavit on Jan. 27, said he does not foresee a highly charged, partisan race for the District 2 seat, which in recent years has been dominated by Republicans.