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  • 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.

  • Lesson Plans: House candidate hoping to round up school volunteers

    State House District 28 candidate Steve Harvey wants Jeffco Public Schools to put more emphasis on volunteerism, potentially bringing more parents and community members into classrooms.

    Harvey, a Democrat, recently inaugurated the South Jeffco Community Organization and is gathering support for the group’s first project: making local schools more accessible for would-be tutors and mentors.

  • Mr. Biggs becoming Fun City

    Mr. Biggs is undergoing a name change, with the new moniker seemingly hearkening back to the entertainment center’s two prior titles.

    Fun City, which has a color-saturated logo complete with a flaming bowling ball and checkered race flag, is the new name replacing the old Mr. Biggs emblems around the building and on the business’ website. The name appears to pay homage to Funplex and Fat City, the two businesses that preceded Mr. Biggs at the location at Coal Mine Avenue and South Kipling.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • A day to remember

    Columbine High School is closed today to remember the 12 students and a teacher slain there by two students on April 20, 1999.

  • Survey shows more Jeffco residents pleased with quality of life

      Results of a recent county-funded survey indicate Jeffco residents are increasingly content with the county’s quality of life, though the majority of respondents show signs of being civically disengaged.

    Results from Jeffco’s 2010 National Citizen Survey, which had a 45 percent response rate for the 3,000 surveys mailed, show that more residents view the county as a good place to live, compared to results of a 2004 survey.

  • Jeffco airport lands federal funds for projects

      Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport stands to receive almost $900,000 in federal funds this year for projects such as a wildlife study and runway maintenance.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is spending more than $700,000 to help fund a wildlife hazard assessment, a new landing-path system for one runway and an environmental assessment that would ultimately extend a safety area beyond a runway.