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  • Former animal shelter could host police, fire training


    The former Table Mountain Animal Center site could soon be set ablaze or used for target practice in the months before it would be demolished. Jefferson County officials said they might invite local emergency-service agencies to use the vacant building for firefighting training and tactical police exercises.

    In August, the shelter relocated to its new incarnation, Foothills Animal Shelter.

  • Jeffco town hall meeting addresses increase in suicide


    It’s time to talk openly about suicide, and to get public officials to put suicide prevention on their radar so they help find the funding that will save lives, a group of suicide awareness advocates stressed at a town hall meeting recently.

    “This is a topic that makes people uncomfortable,” said Jarrod Hindman, program director at the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. However, keeping the topic of suicide in the shadows only allows the stigma to continue, he said.

  • Columbine Library receives bounty in books


    The Columbine Library gained more than 175 books to add to its nearly quarter million titles last week through an $8,400 donation in new tomes from a variety of publishers.

    Though the Colorado Independent Publishers Association has donated about $80,000 in books to libraries around the state since 2007, this was the first such donation to the Columbine Library.

  • A community coming together

      Kids commandeered a massive, inflatable pirate ship, jumping and screaming, as the telltale scent of fresh kettle corn floated through the crisp fall air. Taking a break from humdrum Saturday errands, parents brought their families out Oct.

  • Cultivating the grassroots


    U.S. Senate hopeful and Highlands Ranch resident Charley Miller is mounting an improbable challenge to the reigning two-party system, and despite a lack of name recognition, he refuses to accept the long odds his campaign faces.

    Miller, an unaffiliated candidate whose catch-phrase is “Stop the insanity,” wants to make local voters aware of options outside the Republican and Democratic parties, both of which he draws from in his hybrid political views.

  • Jeffco lauds judge's decision to dismiss county from Zinna case


    Jeffco officials last week praised several long-awaited rulings in the First Amendment lawsuit brought against the county by former radio host Mike Zinna, including a Sept. 24 decision upholding the county’s dismissal from the case.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch awarded Zinna $8,000 in attorney fees and about $9,000 in court costs, a paltry sum compared to the half million dollars Zinna said he has spent on the suit.

  • A team effort


    Chatfield High seniors Dean Wright and Nik Treece have an appreciation for how precious life can be — both watched their moms live through the shock of a cancer diagnosis and the grueling treatments that followed.

    On Sunday morning, Treece, Wright and Wright’s mother, Colleen — along with the boys’ friends and teammates from Chatfield — were among 60,000 participants in the 18th annual Komen Denver Race for the Cure.

  • Foothills updates policy for prairie dog control


    The Foothills Park & Recreation District moved last week to update its guidelines for exterminating prairie dogs, minimally altering the document to reflect its current practices.

  • Hartman, Rosier address county budget in debate


    County Commissioner Kathy Hartman squared off against her election opponent, Republican Don Rosier, at a Plan Jeffco forum Sept. 21 in a civil albeit technologically impeded election debate.

    Rosier, who was unable to attend the forum in person, appeared on a large projection screen behind Hartman in the county’s Open Space meeting room, frequently cutting out as the Internet connection slowed.

  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay


    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.