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  • Firefighting planes based at Jeffco airport

     

    The small squadron of aerial firefighting tankers used to combat Boulder’s massive Fourmile Canyon blaze had base operations last week at the Jeffco airport, frequently touching down to refuel and take on loads of rust-hued flame retardant.

    The fire, which was largely contained by Sunday, destroyed 169 homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

  • Stairways to remembrance

      Some 1,500 people climbed a total of 5 million stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday in a somber ceremony remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Area firefighters and those who simply wanted to remember climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • A hero in the classroom

                         She sits quietly with her legs crossed at the ankle and hands folded in her lap. She smiles as she listens intently to each person speak. She is surrounded by her family, colleagues and her community. And on this special day, Marsha Roman’s 37 years of exemplary teaching are acknowledged and rewarded.

    Roman, who has taught special education at Columbine High School for the past 18 years, never thought about being recognized for her work, but on Sept.

  • Zinna’s talk-radio show silenced

      The prime-time radio show of former Jeffco gadfly Mike Zinna went off the air Sept. 3, when the station’s owners changed its format from talk to ’70s and ’80s rhythm and blues. An announcement came only minutes before the scheduled airtime of “The Zinna Show,” which had been moved in recent weeks to the coveted 4-to-7-p.m. drive-time slot. “That’s radio. … The decision came literally about 10 minutes before airtime,” Zinna said.

  • Lyons Ridge development wins final OK

     

    A controversial foothills housing development won final approval Sept. 7 for 230 upscale homes directly west of the Hogback.

    The Jeffco Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve two separate plats for the Lyons Ridge development, the former location of Colorado Christian University. Though the school currently owns the land, the application was made by Shea Homes, a company notable for its development of much of Highlands Ranch.

  • School district may seek tax increase next year

     

    Jeffco Public Schools could be turning to voters as early as next year for a tax increase to offset recent declines in state funding.

    A citizen panel tasked with evaluating community support presented the school board Sept. 2 with a tentative plan for a bond issue and mill-levy increase. The panel said about $500,000 in private funding would be needed for the campaign to win approval for the measures.

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    Blue Heron students cheer walkers

    Students and staff at Blue Heron Elementary made signs and cheered on participants in the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on Aug. 27 when the walk passed through the Grant Ranch neighborhood.

     

    Littleton resident completes internship at Youth Villages

    Stephanie Elizabeth Parazak of Littleton spent her summer interning at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

  • Red Rocks stair-climb to commemorate 9/11 victims

      Anyone wanting to join metro area firefighters in honoring those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, can climb the stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison and at the same time raise money for a good cause.

    “It’s been nine years,” said Shawn Duncan, a coordinator of the Red Rocks stair-climb. “People are forgetting and moving on.” 

  • Wal-Mart employee seriously injured by alleged shoplifter

      A South Jeffco Walmart employee was seriously injured Aug. 20 in what police are calling an unusually vicious attack during a shoplifting incident.

    The employee was attempting to stop three men suspected of shoplifting as they exited the building at 13240 W. Coal Mine Ave. One of the men allegedly punched the employee, knocking his face into the shopping cart, before he fell to the ground.

    Though two of the suspects, Jose Cruz and Joe Lucero, were arrested, a third man remains unidentified.