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  • Santa scout: South Jeffco teenager on a mission to brighten holidays for U.S. Marines

    It may only be September, but David Kozak is looking to assemble a few good Christmas stockings.

    And the aspiring Eagle Scout knows exactly whose holidays he wants to make bright.

    "U.S. Marines," he said. "They're pretty elite, and they're overseas fighting so we can live in freedom back here. They deserve a Christmas more than anyone else, and they're not getting one."

  • Lesson Plans: For Columbine teacher, dedication adds up to award

    Lori Young, in her 11th year teaching math at Columbine High School, has received several awards over the course of her career.

    Young has been honored with a teacher recognition award from the Boettcher Foundation and was recognized as Columbine’s teacher of the year for 2008-09. But Young’s latest accolade means a lot, because it comes from her peers.

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Kopp will seek second term in state Senate

    Republican Mike Kopp will seek a second term representing South Jeffco in the Colorado Senate, citing the need to continue to press for an array of state reforms.

    Kopp, of Ken Caryl, is hosting a campaign kickoff event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Clement Park.

    “I’m a reform guy,” Kopp said. “I follow the reform leadership model, and I assume that less and more nimble government is a better form of government, and there’s a lot of work to be done in that area.”

  • A decade of amazement: Chatfield corn maze roars into its 10th year

    A large dinosaur is sitting in a cornfield at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

    In fact, it’s an 8-acre dinosaur, created from more than 28,000 corn plants.

    The giant T-rex is this year’s theme for the gardens’ corn maze, which opened Sept. 4 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The twists and turns of the maze take all summer to create.

  • 'In Jaryd's name and his honor'

    In just two short weeks, it will have been 10 years since 3-year-old Jaryd Atadero went missing on a hike about 60 miles west of Fort Collins.

    Allyn Atadero, the boy’s father and a South Jeffco schoolteacher, says his son’s memory and Recreational Safety Awareness Week — the second week of September — drives him to help other families avoid the same fate. The week-long observance, in its second year, culminates in a large event at the Denver Aquarium to raise awareness for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Collegiate academy locked down on erroneous reports of man with a gun

    A report of a man with a gun forced the temporary lockdown of three South Jeffco schools Sept. 4.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires said that Falcon Bluffs Middle School, Mortensen Elementary School and Collegiate Academy were put on temporary lockdown about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4, but restrictions on all three have since been lifted.

  • Front Range Christian rejoices at fair: Football, fun highlight back-to-school event

    The start of a new school year is often bittersweet, as students are happily reunited with friends but brutally separated from summer’s vacation from work and worry.

    Students at Front Range Christian School acted out this dichotomy Aug. 29, reveling in the fourth annual Front Range Christian School Town Fair while pausing to wield a sledgehammer to vent a little frustration on a hapless automobile.

  • Chatfield: Balloon festival treated equally

    While the state park system valued hosting the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park every year, it couldn’t extend any financial breaks to prevent the demise of the financially ailing event, a parks spokeswoman says.

    "We loved the event," parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier said last week. “It was spectacular. Certainly the event is sorely missed."