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  • On his long road back, Sean Graves has been a help and an inspiration to others

    Friends of Sean Graves are quick to say that he’ll do anything to help others — except give them the shirt off his back.

    To hide the scars from bullets that struck him during the Columbine High shootings 10 years ago, Graves always keeps his shirt on. He doesn’t want others to see the scars and make pre-judgments. He doesn’t want them to know that he almost bled to death.

    But most of all, Graves doesn’t want people to connect him to the Columbine massacre and be tempted to ask questions about the worst day of his life.

  • Kopp bill aims to save businesses $10 million a year

    Colorado businesses will save roughly $10 million a year if the state eliminates a 3 percent worker-compensation surcharge, says South Jeffco’s state senator.

    Republican Sen. Mike Kopp, who is pushing the legislation, says the fee is unnecessary, and his bill to eliminate it cruised through the Senate and is now in the House.

  • Community orchard coming to fruition

    The community orchard that started as a seed of hope in Shirl Smith’s heart is coming to fruition.

    Four planter beds and rows of wooden stakes crisscross a vacant field just southeast of Waterstone Community Church on West Bowles Avenue. More than 130 trees will be planted within the next week or two, transforming the field into a patch of life and hope.

  • Columbine students planning a day without division

    As the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High shootings approaches, two Columbine students want everyone to know that they’re done.

    “We are done with all the drama,” said Beau Loendorf, a Columbine High senior. “We are done with the hate.”

    And so Loendorf and Columbine sophomore Olivia Leyshock are organizing a “Day Without Hate.” The pair hope the event, scheduled for May 1, will inspire students to forgo their cliques, forget about petty conflicts, and realize there’s no need for division.

  • 6 indicted in ID theft

    Six people accused of operating an ID theft ring and stealing more than $11,000 were indicted by a Jeffco grand jury March 31.

    The ring used stolen checks, credit cards and gift cards to get cash, and electronics, jewelry and other items were also taken, said Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey. The thefts allegedly occurred between September 2008 and December 2008.

    The victims include 17 people, Target, King Soopers, Walmart, Lakewood Christian Church, Bellco Credit Union and several banks where stolen and forged checks were cashed, Storey said.

  • Jeffco schools await stimulus funds

    Jeffco Public Schools officials are still waiting for direction on how federal stimulus money will flow to the district nearly two months after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package into law.

    But Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says the district will be ready to move on several programs once the money hits the district’s coffers, which may be sooner rather than later.

    Colorado's largest school district has several programs it wants to expand once the estimated $23 million in federal stimulus money shows up.

  • Citizen panel favors borrowing money for county projects

    Jefferson County should borrow $60 million to $65 million for projects such as a $40 million jail expansion and a $6.5 million building to house the health department and the clerk and recorder.

  • Another hat in 6th CD ring: Highlands Ranch lawyer hopes to capture Dem nomination

    Barely three months into his first term as congressman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Mike Coffman already has two challengers gunning for his job in 2010.

    The latest contender is Democrat David Canter, a Highlands Ranch resident who says his 20 years as a lawyer have given him the skills necessary to not only win the Democratic nomination but to beat Coffman.

  • Spring interrupted: South Jeffco residents get Mother Nature’s drift

    A spring snowstorm slammed South Jeffco and much of the state on March 26, days after near-80-degree temperatures had some people putting their snow shovels and winter clothes away. But not everyone was disappointed by the foot of flakes that blanketed the area.

    “This is the best day in my life,” said Kayla Beyerlein, who enjoyed a morning of sledding and laughs with her family March 27 on a gentle hill in Clement Park. Kayla, 6, was with her parents — Katie and Kevin Beyerlein — and her younger brother and sister.

  • Dogged determination: Lynda Fine still working to establish off-leash dog park

    A plan to use part of a Foothills Park & Recreation District park for a dog park has run into some snags, but the woman behind the proposal is not giving up.

    “It was a curve I wasn’t expecting, but that just pumps me up even more to get this done,” said Lynda Fine, who’s been trying since November 2008 to establish an off-leash dog park in the area. “We can’t just sit back and let this drag on.”