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  • Helicopter crash-lands on Mount Morrison

    A helicopter crash-landed on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks early Sunday morning just after the Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater.

    Two people aboard the chopper, a flight instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries when the copter went down around 7:30 a.m., said Cindy Matthews, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire. A May Day call had gone out from the copter saying it was heading for a concrete pad on Mount Morrison, Matthews said.

    The craft ended up putting down on the side of the mountain, then tipped over, its blades cutting into the slope.

  • 40-unit nursing facility proposed for vacant plot

      A specialized nursing home that would treat patients suffering from neurological trauma could soon be under construction in South Jeffco.

    Representatives from Care Meridian, which operates 16 such facilities in a handful of states, met with about 20 local residents March 30 to address concerns, including the potential for increased traffic and noise pollution.

  • How to get a free event listing in the Courier

    The Columbine Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear onåå a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www

    .columbinecourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

    The events must be free or charge a nominal fee, and must be open to the public. E-mail your information to news@evergreenco

  • 3 candidates vie for each of two Foothills board seats

      Three candidates are vying for each of the two Foothills Park & Recreation board seats up in the May election in Wards 3 and 4.

    The terms of two board members, Walt Frankland and Janet Shangraw, expire this year. Meanwhile, 2010 marks the beginning of Foothills’ new ward-voting system. A recent legal challenge brought by the Mesa View Estates neighborhood attempting to block the ward system in the upcoming election has so far not been successful, a district spokeswoman said.

  • Deer Creek Canyon cycling event wins approval

      A long-disputed bicycling event that could bring up to 3,000 riders to Deer Creek Canyon Road won county approval last week, reigniting a hotbed of animosity between cycling enthusiasts and canyon residents.

    About 60 people attended the March 16 county commissioners’ public hearing, and the majority of public comment came from area residents, who almost exclusively voiced opposition to the event.

  • Coffee Party creates a buzz

      The Coffee Party, a viral political phenomenon that bills itself as an alternative to the conservative Tea Party movement, is gathering steam across the country, including a following in Jefferson County.

    The group, a tongue-in-cheek parody of its tea counterpart, held a national Coffee Summit on March 27 and 28 that included a meeting in Belmar, one of more than 400 individual events in all but five states.

  • Not the retiring sort

      An employee at a South Jeffco assisted-living center helped raise $1,675 last week for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, presenting a check to the group on the day before she officially retired from a decade of service at the facility.

    At 65, cancer survivor Dee Fernandez has the energy of a 20-something, and has used some of that gusto to organize the annual burrito and tostada bar fund-raiser at The Gardens at Columbine senior-living center.

  • Employment workshops planned

    The Jeffco Workforce Center is sponsoring a series of employment workshops beginning April 7 geared toward active job seekers and people thinking about career changes.

    Faith Community Church in South Jeffco will host the Wednesday classes, which range in topic from accepting job loss to preparing for interviews. A series of seven two-hour workshops is scheduled for a cost of $25 for the entire course.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.

  • Crash in Arizona kills Littleton woman

    A spring break car accident in Arizona killed two area young people, one of them from Pine, and injured two others, one from Bailey.

    Damon Johnson, 19, of Pine, and Katelyn Henning, 20, of Littleton, died in the early-morning rollover accident on March 13 west of Kingman, Ariz. The driver, Andrew Schall, 20, of Bailey, was injured; he was treated and released. A third passenger, Nichole Franco, 19, of Littleton was injured and flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.