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  • Jeffco schools celebrate excellence at award ceremony

    Hundreds of students, teachers and family members packed the Lakewood High School auditorium April 21 for the school district’s annual Celebration of Excellence.

    More than a few South Jeffco faculty members and students were honored during the program, which also featured awards delivered by Deer Creek Middle School students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber, as well as Sheriff Ted Mink.

  • D’Evelyn keeps lights low, recycling awareness high on Earth Day

    Students at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School took a low-key approach to Earth Day, and during a day on which conserving energy is particularly apropos, turning off some of the building’s lights was a silent celebration.

    “I think that my generation has ruined the planet. And I think it’s up to this generation to fix the planet,” said assistant librarian Kim McSwain, who organized an Earth Day display in the library. “We only have one shot to do it.”

  • Liquor store worker again accused of selling to minors

    A liquor store employee on probation for selling alcohol to teenagers is accused of doing the same during an April 14 sting operation.

    Van Pham, a 47-year-old Westminster resident, was allegedly caught selling a bottle of Corona beer to an underage person working with police. Part of Pham’s probation from an earlier conviction specifies he is not allowed to work in a liquor store.

    The sale was allegedly made at Alameda Square Liquors, which is owned by Pham’s wife.

  • Eastwood faces arraignment on 15 charges June 14

    A county judge found probable cause April 28 to bind over for arraignment alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood on all 15 of the prosecution’s charges, including four counts of attempted murder.

    Eastwood’s arraignment is scheduled for June 14 at 1 p.m., when he is expected to enter a plea.

    Testimony from the preliminary hearing indicated Eastwood allegedly told investigators he had grievances with the school, which he attended in the early ’90s.

  • Tom Mauser urging Congress to eliminate 'gun-show loophole'

    Eleven years after his 15-year-old son Daniel and 12 other victims were killed in the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, activist Tom Mauser is pressuring the federal government to tighten regulations of gun sales at trade shows. Mauser took out full-page ads in several local newspapers around the April 20 anniversary of the shooting. The campaign specifically targets Sen.

  • Reprieve for Orion program may boost jobs
  • Volunteers break ground at Columbine Community Garden site

    A South Jeffco church is tilling the soil on a patch of untouched land that will eventually blossom into a community garden. The Columbine Community Garden, an ongoing project fueled by volunteer efforts, will grow fresh fruits and vegetables to be donated to needy families.

    Volunteers congregated at the 40-by-60-foot space April 17 at Hosanna Lutheran Church to celebrate the official groundbreaking and sink spades into earth, aerating the soil and mixing up its nutrients before seeds are planted.

  • Meningitis kills senior at Dakota Ridge

    Bacterial meningitis has been confirmed as the cause in the death of a Dakota Ridge High senior on Thursday morning.

    The Jefferson County health department sent nurses to the school to determine if any other students had close contact with the victim, whose name has not been released.

    “I can’t even imagine how shocking it is for the family, because it happened so quickly,” said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Newer Subarus failing emissions test in cold-weather conditions

    Some Subaru owners are having trouble passing the Colorado air emissions tests during cold weather, but not when the weather gets warmer.

    As a result, the state is advising motorists to wait for a warm day before they get a test, with temperatures in the mid-60s or higher. Otherwise, they could wind up seeking costly and unnecessary repairs. The problem is surfacing in 2010 because Subarus that were new in 2006 did not have to be tested for four years.

  • Medical pot dispensary closes in wake of hearing

    A South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary has temporarily closed following a hearing that upheld a zoning violation notice issued to the business.

    The owner of Footprints Health & Wellness, Marc Giuliani, said he will appeal the board of adjustment’s decision in district court. The board voted 4-1 to uphold the violation notice, which subjects Giuliani to a potential $1,000 fine for every day he sells medical marijuana.