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  • Littleton soccer coach sentenced to 24 years in prison for sex with 13-year-old girl

    A 46-year-old Littleton soccer coach was sentenced Nov. 6 to 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual assault of a child after having sex with a 13-year-old girl twice and lying to police during the search for the girl.

    Myers was arrested following a massive search for the 13-year-old girl in Littleton on Oct. 24, 2008, that ultimately ended when he turned himself into police. Myers was the goal-keepers skills coach for the girl’s team in the Littleton Soccer Club.

  • Colorado national forests get stimulus funds

    Three national forests in Colorado will benefit from $5.6 million from the federal economic recovery program.

    About $500,000 will pay for a program in which the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps will employ up to four 10-person teams of young adults to reduce fuels in wildland-urban interface areas.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners - created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law - has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Realtors, banks work to maintain foreclosed homes

    Some Realtors and an official at Colorado’s biggest bank say they’re doing everything they can to keep foreclosed homes looking spiffy in Jefferson County.

    Their work comes as sheriff’s deputies and county commissioners are discussing how to levy fines or other penalties on banks and others that don’t maintain the properties. County officials also want those responsible for the properties to register their names so they can be contacted if crimes are committed.

  • Fatal stabbing reported at apartment complex

    Two people were stabbed, one fatally, at an apartment complex in South Jeffco on Sunday morning.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identified the pair as: James K. Sack, 37, and Yesenia Avila, 26. Avila died from her injuries.

    The stabbings occurred about 9:30 a.m Nov. 1 at the Dakotas Apartments near Southwest Plaza.

    Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Sack is in custody at the hospital, and that the circumstances around the death are still under investigation.

     

  • Calculating the casualties of war

    While classrooms across the country honored veterans Nov. 10 with patriotic plays, songs or flag ceremonies, math teacher Jean Coyne’s students celebrated with protractors and calculators.

    “We’re making a pie graph representing the total number of years for each (U.S.) war,” said 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student Mark Sherman.

    The Veterans Day exercises made class interesting, Sherman said, because students used real-life data to create graphs revealing how much war affects soldiers and the country.

  • Jeffco schools win award for tech-savvy approach

     

    The Jefferson County School District is certainly on top of technology, as it was named first in the nation by the Center of Digital Education as part of the Digital School District Survey.

    The award came after an electronic survey was taken in school districts nationwide gauging how they integrate the use of technology in curriculum and district use.

    Jeffco placed first in districts with more than 15,000 students.

  • Bat study sheds light on nocturnal fliers

    Blood-sucking, rabies-carrying, flying-blind mice might seem like suitable subjects for a school research project, especially around Halloween.

  • Students stroll through the solar system

    The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.

    On Oct. 7, Jefferson County Schools unveiled one of two recently completed solar space walk exhibits at the Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory School.

  • Term-limit extension likely on back burner after defeat by voters

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of increasing term limits so elected officials could run for three consecutive terms, but the proposal may not be dead.

    "In a couple years I might bring this back in a different form and do a better job of it," said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, the originator of the latest term-limit extension effort in Jeffco. "I never close the door on anything I do."