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  • School closed due to flu will reopen

    A Jeffco Public Schools charter school in Arvada was expected to reopen May 7 after closing for several days when one of its students tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

    Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for the district, said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but Excel Academy was closed "as a precaution." The school's 450 students were working from home.

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Hammer was used in South Jeffco slaying

    A hammer reportedly was the weapon used in the slaying of a woman found dead at a South Jeffco apartment on April 24, according to documents from the Jefferson County district attorney's office.

  • Man commits suicide outside Jeffco coroner's office

    A man apparently committed suicide outside the Jefferson County coroner's office in Golden on May 1.

    Officer Jeff Hesalroad, spokesman for the Golden Police Department, said officers were notified that a body had been found in the parking lot outside the coroner’s office at 11:19 a.m. May 1, and they arrived within minutes.

    The name of the deceased wasn't being released, pending notification of family. No other details were released about the death.

    It is "still very much an active investigation," Hesalroad said.

  • Fighting back: 16th annual Courage Walk brings crime victims and victim advocates together

    Although the thermometer dipped to chilly environs the morning of May 2, the warmth among people gathered under pavilion No. 6 at Clement Park was palpable.

    They were about to embark on the 16th annual Courage Walk, in which crime victims and their families joined with victim advocates in a fund-raiser that brought in $3,268. The proceeds from the event, which coincided with National Crime Victims Rights Week, will help maintain the Courage Garden at the Jeffco Courts and Administration Building.

  • Drug-ring leader sentenced to 16 years

    The ringleader of a multi-state drug-trafficking ring was sentenced to 16 years in prison on April 30, nearly a year after Jeffco authorities announced 23 indictments in the case.

  • Lawsuit brewing in arrest of student at political protest

    A possible lawsuit is brewing against the Jeffco Public Schools and the Sheriff's Office over the November 2008 arrest of Dakota Ridge High student Blake Benson, who was detained after a political protest at the school.

    Benson, 17, was one of three Dakota Ridge students detained at the school Nov. 3, 2008, for allegedly refusing to comply with administrators’ orders to move their political protest across the street, rather than on the school’s front steps.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Bobcat battles way back to health, is released

    Seven months after being hit by a vehicle on C-470, a bobcat has battled her way back to health and been released back into the wild.

    The bobcat was one of two crossing C-470 just north of the Morrison exit the morning of Sept. 23, 2008. Both were struck by at least one car, killing one and severely injuring the other.

    The surviving bobcat was taken to Deer Creek Animal Hospital, where she went into immediate surgery to repair two broken femurs. One of the bones required a screw and a pin, and the other required several wires and a pin.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."