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  • Emily's Parade is ready to roll Saturday morning

    The fourth annual Emily’s Ride will roar along U.S. 285 this Saturday from Columbine High School to Platte Canyon High School.

    Sponsored by the I Love U Guys Foundation, Emily’s Parade features two events: Emily’s Ride for motorcyclists and Emily’s Run, a 5K race in Bailey.

  • Festival says goodbye to the dog days of summer

    The annual Summerset Festival can be bittersweet.

    It's a three-day event full of music, food and fun things to do. Vendors of all types crowd Clement Park, pitching their wares to the thousands who attend.

    But Summerset, which celebrated its 25th year Sept. 18-20, does mark the end of a warm and wondrous season. And the transition couldn't have been clearer this year, as temperatures on Sunday were in the low 80s — followed by Monday’s clouds, rain and temperatures in the low 50s.

  • Longtime employee at animal hospital ‘makes everybody feel better’

    Nikki Vaughn loves her job.

    Vaughn has been reporting for work at Deer Creek Animal Hospital nearly every day for the last 25 years. Her loyalty and consistency amaze her bosses, who can’t imagine a better employee.

    It’s all the more remarkable considering that many people thought Vaughn might never be able to work at all. Nikki Vaughn, 42, has Down syndrome.

  • Hearing to determine fate of liquor store: Owner, employee face drug counts

    Mustang Wine and Spirits, next to King Soopers at Ken Caryl and Simms, could reopen in October under a different name and with new owners.

    The current owner, Ryan L. Braswell, had his liquor license suspended after he and an employee were arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana at the store.

    The liquor license was suspended in early September, and an Oct. 1 hearing before the Jefferson County Liquor Licensing Authority will determine if a new owner will be able to take over the site's license.

  • Take the eTrain: County’s new mobile training center designed to help jobless residents

    The Jeffco Public Library and the county's Workforce Center are taking their campaign for computer literacy on the road. Literally.

    The county last week unveiled the eTrain Mobile Training Lab, a converted bookmobile that boasts eight computer stations with access to the Internet. The vehicle's driver also serves as a trainer, and will lead classes in Internet skills and career-building for clients of nonprofits and for small businesses around Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties.

  • Dakota Ridge students stay away from Obama address

    Given the option of taking their classes to the school library to hear President Obama’s address as a learning exercise, not a single teacher at Dakota Ridge High School did.

    Some 50 students went as individuals to watch the president’s address Sept. 8 after principal Jim Jelinek gave them the option of leaving class to attend.

  • Going to the dogs: Canine events proliferate at Summerset Festival

    Tens of thousands of people attend the Summerset Festival in Clement Park every year, and over the years more and more canine companions have joined them.

    So it might even be fair to say that the 2009 edition of Summerset is going to the dogs. And, with a little luck, a few pups looking for permanent homes will go a long way toward finding new owners.

    This year's Fun Day For the Dogs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, will host 15 to 20 canine rescue groups that will reach out to potential adoption families.

  • Skaters, deputy, volunteers work to clean up skate park

    It’s not always a sign of impending cooperation when a law enforcement officer shows up at the local skate park.

    But a t Clement Park on Sept. 12, a group of skateboarders, a Jeffco sheriff's deputy and other volunteers gathered to tidy up the park and let everyone know it shouldn't be trashed.

    "We wanted to make a difference at the skate park," said 16-year-old Nick Bruso, a local skateboarder who spends a lot of time at the park skating and filming his friends. "This is like our home."

  • 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.