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  • County hosts primer on Colorado's Open Meetings Law

    Jeffco’s elected officials and volunteers who serve on the county’s 28 boards and commissions were treated to a primer on Colorado’s Open Meetings Law on April 28.

    Media attorney Steven Zansberg presented the program, which the county agreed to host after two commissioners violated the Open Meetings Law last summer when they discussed public business via e-mail.

  • Teacher who had relationship with student gets probation

    A former South Jeffco English teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage student was sentenced in county court April 27 to at least five years of probation and five years in community corrections.

    Linda Lewis Trabucco, 44, was teaching at Collegiate Academy of Colorado when she allegedly had a relationship with a student, who was a seventh-grader when they met. The relationship began in 2003 when the student was a high school freshman and lasted at least through the time of the student’s graduation.

  • Jill Biden tours community college tech training programs

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spent the day last Friday visiting two community colleges in Denver, learning how they are training students to apply new technologies in old-school job categories.

    At Arapahoe Community College, she examined a 300-volt hybrid battery, looked under the hood of a 2010 GMC Yukon, and encouraged students in their future careers as auto technicians for the 21st century.

  • Foothills' Ward 3 candidates offer opinions, ideas

      The Columbine Courier will be presenting a series of interviews with political candidates for the 2010 elections. This week features written interviews with the three candidates running for the Ward 3 seat on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board.

    The May 4 Foothills election is being conducted through mail-in ballots that will be sent to residents of Wards 3 and 4. One candidate will be elected to a board position in Ward 3 and Ward 4. Directors serve a four-year term.

  • Breakfast honors county residents who champion literacy

    Blintzes and fruit were in ample supply April 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, along with a healthy portion of optimism and goodwill. The 19th annual breakfast hosted by Jeffco’s Good News Coalition brought hundreds of county bigwigs and community members together to celebrate achievements in literacy over warm mugs of coffee.

  • 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 Without Hate

    About 200 Jeffco students gathered April 30 with a backdrop of white flags, balloons and peace signs for the fourth annual Day Without Hate. Students in white shirts gave out hugs and cheered at a rally that involved two students bands, the Denver Nuggets mascot, Rocky, and a short speech by Deer Creek Middle School teacher David Benke.

    The mass of white-clad teens listened intently as Benke spoke in the district’s North Area Athletic Complex, which was adorned with flags customized by individual schools.

  • Foothills' Ward 4 candidates offer opinions, ideas

      The Columbine Courier is presenting a series of interviews with candidates for the upcoming 2010 elections. This week features written interviews with the three candidates running for the Ward 4 board seat in the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    The May 4 Foothills election is being conducted through mail-in ballots that will be sent to residents of Wards 3 and 4.


    Patrice Thomas

    Q: Why are you running for the Foothills board?

  • County to dedicate new park on May 6

    A dedication event for Jefferson County’s new Hildebrand Ranch Park will take place May 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the park.

    The dedication ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, where a shuttle will provide access to the park. Refreshments and music will be provided.

  • Meningitis kills senior at Dakota Ridge High School

    Bacterial meningitis has been confirmed as the cause in the death of a Dakota Ridge High student on April 22.

    The student has been identified as senior Jasmine Montoya, 17, who was only a month away from graduating and had plans to attend college.

    In the wake of the Montoya’s death, the school is balancing precautionary measures with helping a grieving student body.