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  • A caring community: Residents of Woodlane/West Gold Meadows pull together for strength

    A sense of community comes not simply through how neighbors react to tragedy, but also in the small gestures each resident shows another.

    The Woodlane neighborhood and West Gold Meadows, tucked away just north of West Bowles Avenue and east of South Alkire Street, is one in which residents respond — in big ways and small — to show support.

    “It’s just really close-knit,” said Dyanne Pritchett, a 17-year resident of Woodlane.

  • Community rallies around two families struck by illness

    The Wiggins and Gillman families have had intersecting lives in the Columbine community.

    In the 2006 high school baseball championship, Nick Wiggins’ two-run single tied the game for Columbine High School. C.J. Gillman helped win it in extra innings on a squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth.

    Now Nick and C.J. each have a younger sibling who has recently spent significant time in the hospital.

    And both families are grateful for the support they have received from the community.

  • Chatfield Senior High lockdown caused by pellet gun

    Chatfield Senior High School was under an hour-long lockdown Nov. 8 following an incident in which two men apparently brandished what turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun.

    The incident happened at 11:20 a.m., according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects, a registered student at Chatfield Senior High, and a young adult who was not a student, were taken into custody at Mount View Detention Center under charges of felony menacing, Kelley said.

  • Foothills begins planning for potential mill levy funds

    Foothills Park and Recreation District staff presented a draft of potential capital repair projects at the board’s last meeting outlining potential costs and schedules of work that could be done with a mill-levy increase.

    The repairs are based on a prioritized list of work the district seeks to begin, and is calculated based on the scenario of a successful 3-mill increase in the May 2008 election.

  • Effective education: parents, teachers, students have roles

    Parents and teachers who provide support and strong school and community programs were identified last week in a Jeffco forum designed to form consensus on ways to improve public education.

    Also discussed were student responsibilities, including the need to take school seriously and to show up ready to learn and to be their own advocates.

    Jeffco Public Schools last week hosted the guided session as part of Conversation 2007, a statewide forum on improving public education.

  • A warmer, fuzzier sheriff?

    Anyone who has met Ted Mink knows hes not one to mess with. But now that he's neutered and de-clawed, a loving home may be more likely to take him in.

    Ted Mink the cat — who happens to share a name with Ted Mink the Jeffco sheriff — recently was found by Jeffco animal control and now lives at Max Fund, a shelter in Denver.

    David Walsh, events coordinator for Max Fund, said the idea to name the young cat after the sheriff came to him when he was driving the feline from animal control to the shelter.

  • Tancredo ponders his future after Congress

    Littleton Republican Tom Tancredo, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House, is pressing on with his presidential campaign and his crusade against illegal immigration.

    Tancredo said he has done what he can in Congress, and it’s time to move on.

  • Barnes, Thomas headed for school board seats

    Jane Barnes and Dave Thomas have apparently been elected to the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education, and voters Tuesday also voided an obsolete measure tying additional taxes to student performance.

    The outcome of two education board seats and the fate of Jeffco's “performance promise” were decided in some of the only countywide ballot issues on this year's ballot.

  • 'Don Vito found guilty of sex assault on a child

    Vincent Margera — widely known as Uncle Don Vito from MTV’s “Viva La Bam” — fell to the ground and screamed profanities in a Jeffco courtroom after he was found guilty last Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault on a child.

  • District breaks ground on Dakota Ridge expansion

    Only a decade after opening its doors, Dakota Ridge High School is beginning a new chapter, as Jeffco Public Schools officially broke ground Oct. 23 on an $8 million expansion to the school.

    The new portion of the school will increase student capacity from 1,250 to 1,750 students when it is completed next year. The ceremony began in the school’s library before moving outside, where district officials, board members and Dakota Ridge students and staff took part in loosening the soil on the school’s east side.