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  • 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.

  • Answers from AJ: Question: What's going on with all that sidewalk work in Canterbury? The sidewalks seem fine.

    Answer: Inspectors saw some deterioration on certain parts of the sidewalk and gutter system in that neighborhood and chose to have the contractor replace the sections while they’re still under warranty.

    The residents of the Canterbury neighborhood —just north of West Meadows Drive and west of South Kipling Parkway — who regularly walk the sidewalks have probably noticed the replacement work.

    It may seem odd, considering that the sidewalks seemed fine and the work is irregularly spaced throughout the neighborhood.

    What gives?

  • Stretch of Santa Fe now honors fallen Navy SEAL

    The stretch of Santa Fe Drive between I-25 and C-470 now stands as a memorial to a Littleton native who was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan.

    On Aug. 18, that section of road was renamed the “Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Highway.”

    Dietz was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. According to military reports, Dietz, the team’s communications specialist, saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers that day. Sixteen other SEALs died in the battle, the single worst day for American fatalities in the war in Afghanistan.

  • Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

    A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

    When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.