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  • Haitian dance troupe puts recovery in motion in visit to South Jeffco

    Bill Nathan was seven stories above the ground when Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake struck the small island country. Nathan fell, slamming into another building, before coming to rest 80 feet below. He broke ribs, fractured vertebrae, bruised his liver and tore a patellar ligament.

  • Foothills to lower tax rate south of Hampden

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will be lowering mill levy rates in 2011 for the majority of residents in its service area. The district refinanced some existing debt and expects to save more than $1.3 million over 10 years, and those savings are being passed on to taxpayers.

    Residents of Subdistrict A, which is south of Hampden Avenue, will receive the mill levy reduction. The refinanced debt includes bonds approved in 2001 to cover the cost of building The Ridge Recreation Center, Weaver Hollow and Deer Creek pools, athletic fields and other projects.

  • Caucus numbers healthy but don't approach throngs of '08

      More South Jeffco residents seemed to make their way to the caucuses than in many prior years, but attendance was nonetheless tepid compared to the politically electric caucuses of 2008.

    Active members of the party camps gathered at local schools March 16 to informally vote on candidates in their respective parties. Residents also selected precinct delegates for county assemblies and spoke about important issues they want their parties to address.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    Up to a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in South Jeffco by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous.

    The snow was expected to continue until early Wednesday afternoon.


  • ‘American Idol’ run ends for former area resident

    A former South Jeffco resident achieved international fame recently, having made her way to the top 16 contestants in the ninth season of “American Idol.”

    Singer Lilly Scott, 20, whose parents live in the area, won over the show’s sometimes finicky judges and thousands of fans, who sent in text-message votes in attempts to keep her on the show.

    She was cut from the running last week, when the show’s four contestants receiving the bottom rung of votes were cast off.

  • Mr. Biggs property owner hopes business go in new direction

      The owner of the property that houses the troubled Mr. Biggs entertainment center is trying to distance the business from its recent history of run-ins with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Following a March 4 liquor-license hearing that halted alcohol sales at the entertainment center, building owner George Shakiban said a new tenant is being sought and that the business will henceforth cater specifically to families. But even though rowdy club nights and late-night concerts are a thing of the past, Shakiban said, the fate of Mr.

  • Parents, faculty ask questions about shooting response

      About 70 people, including faculty and parents from Deer Creek Middle and Stony Creek Elementary schools, questioned school district staff and sheriff’s officials March 10 about the response to the February shootings at the middle school.

    The community meeting was held to address safety concerns and response efforts to the Feb. 23 shootings, but concern seemed to be focused less on the efforts at Deer Creek and more on the lockdown response at the neighboring elementary school.

  • Marine clinic named for Columbine grad

      A Columbine High grad was posthumously honored March 12 when a Marine Corps medical facility was dedicated in his name. The Charles Luke Milam Clinic in North Carolina will treat injured Marines and serves to bolster the memory of a Navy hospital corpsman who deployed on four combat tours.

    Luke Milam was killed in action in September 2007 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Eastwood affidavit describes '02 mental-health hold

      The arrest affidavit of Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood indicates he was placed on a mental-health hold by Littleton police in 2002.

    The affidavit, released March 12, also says Eastwood told investigators he heard voices emanating from a Nielson television-ratings box in his apartment and described hearing voices since then, including on Feb. 23, the day of the shooting.

  • Marijuana dispensary appealing zoning citation

      The owner of a South Jeffco medical-marijuana dispensary is appealing a county-issued zoning violation that would force the business to close its doors if upheld.

    Marc Giuliani, owner of Footprints Health & Wellness, is scheduled to appear before the county board of adjustment March 17 at 10:30 a.m.