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  • Liquor license considered for Edge Ice Arena’s new eatery

    Many hockey players find the prospect of postgame revelry unaccompanied by frosty brews inconceivable, and The Edge Ice Arena may soon be equipped to handle such a demand.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on May 24 considered the possibility of a liquor license for The Edge’s new restaurant, which is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 1.

  • An Eagle helps the eagles

    Chatfield High School sophomore Cole Mickey spent his Eagle Scout project digging holes and cementing 13-foot posts in Clement Park last month, in the hope that birds of prey will be attracted to the area’s prairie dog colony.

    The project, which Mickey undertook at the suggestion of the Foothills Park & Recreation District, is designed to reduce the prairie dog population by making the small creatures easier targets for natural predators.

  • Columbine Knolls water slide a monument to fun

    A new $140,000 water slide at the Columbine Knolls pool takes riders through a figure eight of twists before spitting them out into the water 20 feet below, and pool-goers have to march up three flights of stairs just to reach the slide’s entrance.

    The slide, which opened along with the pool on May 21, is two and a half times taller than the old model, a tepid ride from 1994 that the recreation district’s director said was best suited for young children.

  • Local graduates embrace change

    Dakota Ridge alum Breeauna Shaver watched her group of kindergarten tots graduate to elementary school last week, and the symbolism wasn’t lost on her.

    The crowd of youngsters, with whom she’s played and helped teach in an after-school program, attended a very informal fete, a celebration of their diminutive transition from crayons to pencils.

    But for Breeauna and hundreds of other former Dakota Ridge students, the May 26 high school graduation represented a much larger step.

  • Charge against man who gave cop the finger to be dismissed

    The Colorado State Patrol requested Friday afternoon that the harassment charge against a man who flipped off an officer in South Jeffco last month be dropped.
    The district attorney’s office has already filed a motion to have the charge dismissed, a news release from the State Patrol stated.
    Shane Boor, 35, was charged with criminal harassment, a count that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

  • Man charged after giving cop the finger

    An Arizona man ticketed last month for flipping off a state trooper in Jefferson County was denied his First Amendment rights, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

    Shane Boor, 35, was driving near C-470 and West Bowles Avenue on his way to work April 19 when he gave the finger to a trooper who had pulled over another driver. A different state trooper tracked him to his work site, where Boor received a summons for making the obscene gesture.

    The criminal harassment charge against Boor carries a maximum potential sentence of six months in jail.

  • Jeffco's Outdoor Lab Schools to remain open

    The Jeffco school district’s Outdoor Lab Schools have been spared from the chopping block, thanks to a grassroots effort to raise funds.

    Fund-raising groups have raised $625,000, and the school board will chip in the remaining $300,000 needed to keep the schools open next year, according to district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Burglar feels the heat

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A burglar with mysterious motives apparently broke into local barbecue hut Schneids’ Smokeshack on May 4, smashing the door lock but taking no items. The cash register, tip jar and even an iPod were left untouched, leaving meaty questions about the true motive behind such saucy behavior.

     

  • Pouring out knowledge

    When Dutch Creek Elementary School second-grade teacher Pat Taylor wanted to get her class’ attention, she often spoke in a Southern accent, a distinctive voice she spent decades refining.

    For Taylor, the method, along with sporadic impressions of Hollywood’s most famous Austrian, was but one tool she employed in a career of more than 30 years in Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.