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  • 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."

  • Breast Cancer 3-Day Cure comes to South Jeffco, raises more than $1.8 million for research

    Denise Riley collapsed in front of her pink tent in Clement Park on Aug. 29 after walking more than 19 miles.

    She pulled off her shoes and peeled away her socks to reveal several large blisters on the bottom of her feet. She looked exhausted.

    But for Riley, the pain and exhaustion were well worth it.

    "I'm walking for my mom, who's gone," Riley said. "And hopefully I'm doing something to help my four sisters and the rest of my family."

  • Tree of Peace sprouts at Columbine High

    A symbol of peace has taken root near the front doors of Columbine High School.

    A Tree of Peace, provided by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers, was planted Aug. 29 by students and law officers, a decade after two teenagers fatally shot 12 fellow students and a teacher at the school.

    "It's a great symbol," Columbine senior Roman Richardson said as he watched the planting. Richardson, 17, remembers watching news coverage of the shootings and recalls his mother being afraid.

  • Suspects in C-470 car chase may be tied to mailbox thefts

    The occupants of a car that led police on a rush-hour chase the morning of Aug. 26 may be tied to a series of South Jeffco mail thefts.

    State Patrol Trooper David Hall says a trooper attempted to stop the speeding car on West Quincy Avenue. The car sped off, heading onto C-470 toward West Bowles Avenue. Another trooper put stop sticks in the car’s path, but the driver swerved to avoid them, crossing the center median and crashing into an oncoming car. There were no injuries in either vehicle.

  • Teacher at charter school accused of sexual relationship with student

    A teacher at a South Jeffco charter school has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after being accused of a years-long sexual relationship with a student.

    Linda L. Tabucco, 49, was arrested at her home in Douglas County on Aug. 19 without incident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires. Tabucco is being held in the Jeffco jail with a bond of $50,000 on a charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

  • South Jeffco mom uses her battle with cancer to educate others

    Vicky Sullivan's Ken Caryl house party Aug. 21 featured all the standard fare: a spread of healthy treats, chilled wine and tea, and a large group of talkative friends.

    Mixed in, though, was some education on cervical cancer.

    The group got together to celebrate Kimberly Kopp, a South Jeffco mom known to many as the wife of state Sen. Mike Kopp. To this group of women, she's also a neighborhood friend who recently overcame a scary situation.

  • Chatfield opens for classes days after evacuation

    Chatfield High School opened to all students and staff Monday morning after 500 freshmen were forced to evacuate the building Aug. 21 as a result of an airborne irritant.

    Two dozen students and staff were taken to hospitals Aug. 21 after the unidentified irritant made them ill. About 500 freshmen at the school for orientation had to evacuate that afternoon.