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  • Community remembers Columbine with candlelight vigil

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."

  • ‘Sloppy’ accounting leaves Jeffco short of Head Start funds

    A fund that Jefferson County taps to meet its matching requirement for Head Start preschool services apparently is not large enough to cover the county’s obligations for this fiscal year.

    County staff determined last November that the social services fund will run dry before December, leaving the county $650,000 short for Head Start — and in violation of federal law.

  • Citizen budget panel gets down to brass tacks

    Two months after its first meeting, the Citizen Budget Review Panel is finally getting down to the nitty-gritty.

    April 14 marked the group's fifth meeting and was the first time members discussed issues among themselves without county officials in the room.

  • Controlled burn in progress at Mount Falcon

    Seeing smoke around Mount Falcon Park today?

    Don’t panic. Jefferson County Open Space natural resource crews are taking advantage of the snow-covered park to burn slash piles.

    “It was an opportunity to burn the slash piles,” said Thea Rock, spokesperson for Jeffco Open Space. “The snow on the ground contains the fire.”

    Burnings started Monday and ended Wednesday.

    Rock said she didn’t know if any other burns are scheduled at this time.

     

  • Remembering Columbine: Law enforcement officers still struggle with memories, criticism

    "I had never prepared to work a scene like that — to walk into a school that should be loud and filled with laughter and instead see bullet holes. When you see dead children and a dead teacher, it's so senseless."

    — Investigator Kate Battan

    For the law enforcement officers who responded to the shootings at Columbine High School 10 years ago, life has never been the same.

  • Teens using body spray as flame-thrower

    West Metro Fire Rescue officials say they're seeing a disturbing trend among area kids who are using Axe body spray as a flame-thrower.

  • Zinna, defendants continue to spar in wiretapping suit

    As defendants seek to have a lawsuit by longtime county critic Mike Zinna dismissed, Zinna continues to claim the wiretapping allegations should bring millions in damages.

  • Elected officials conflicted over term limits

    Jefferson County officials appear to have conflicting opinions about District Attorney Scott Storey's bid to extend term limits for his office.

  • Deputies will help check census workers

    It's that time of the decade again — the federal government is sending out an army of workers to begin taking the 2010 census.

    Workers will start by conducting an address survey to make sure every address in America is accounted for so surveys can be mailed to those homes in 2010.

    And so, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is trying to head off calls about strange people cruising neighborhoods or trying to get into gated communities.

  • Principal at Morrison school arrested on suspicion of sex assault

    A principal at a Christian school in Morrison has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

    Daniel Charles Brock, 35, of Littleton has been under investigation since February when a staff member at Silver State Christian School contacted the Morrison Police Department with concerns about Brock’s relationship with one of the students.

    Investigators believe Brock is on administrative leave from the school.

    Brock will be held without bond until his advisement on April 13 at 10 a.m.