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  • Students reach goal — and principal tops it

    Students at Powderhorn Elementary School this year took their fund-raising efforts through the roof. And, as a result, their principal and his trusty canine companion had to sleep there.

    Principal Mike Freeman climbed the steep stairs to the school’s roof on March 20, accompanied by only a sleeping bag and Chop the dog. And he was only too happy to make the ascent, after students eclipsed last year’s total in their cookie-dough sale to raise funds for classroom technology.

  • Youths find their way with help from Jeffco's Juvenile Mental Health Court

    Speaking on a church stage backed with a mural of clouds and blue sky, Arapahoe Community College student Jonathan Brott delivered an abridged version of his young life: acting out for the better part of a decade, ditching class, occasionally stealing and finding himself kicked out of his own home.

    Since age 9, Brott let aspects of attention deficit disorder, chronic anger and other conditions dictate his choices, he said.

  • Tanker planes deployed to battle blaze

    The U.S. Forest Service deployed several heavy tanker planes Tuesday, dumping tens of thousands of gallons of liquid retardant on the massive Lower North Fork Fire.

  • County health agency warns of risks from inhaling smoke

    Jefferson County Public Health warned residents late Monday about increased respiratory risks caused by heavy smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    A gigantic plume of smoke filled the foothills and surrounded the metro area beginning Monday afternoon, after the blaze scorched thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes — a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 

     

    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.

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  • Big Kahuna pedals a well-spoken product

    The story behind the naming of Big Kahuna Bicycles has almost nothing to do with surf culture, which might seem surprising given the shop’s seemingly inexplicable location in a landlocked state.

  • Former Illinois governor now in Littleton prison

     The Federal Correction Institution Englewood gained an infamous celebrity inmate last week with the arrival of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

    The notoriously thick-haired Blagojevich, 55, was convicted last year on charges related to an alleged attempted sale of the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Former Illinois governor now in Littleton prison

    The Federal Correction Institution Englewood gained an infamous celebrity inmate last week with the arrival of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

    The notoriously thick-haired Blagojevich, 55, was convicted last year on charges related to an alleged attempted sale of the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Neville invokes Nazis while criticizing Obama administration

    State Sen. Tim Neville invoked Nazi Germany last week in a reference leading up to a comment about the Obama administration, an association he said he made only in regard to a threatened “right of conscience.”