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  • Top sports stories of 2015

    LITTLETON — Oh so close was the theme for South Jeffco prep sports teams in 2015.

    There were a number of deep postseason runs that came up just short on winning state championships. Of course there were some remarkable individual accomplishments by local student-athletes. Looking forward, there will be some definite change in the landscape of high school athletics in Colorado for 2016.

    Before looking ahead, here is a look back at the top sports stories of 2015 from the sports staff at the Columbine Courier.

  • Stretch the turtle is home for the holidays

    Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • Residency requirement needed for officials

    It’s a little known fact that members of Congress don’t have to live in the districts from which they are elected. That’s not the case for school board members in Colorado.

    There was some question about the residency of candidate Regan Benson during the recent school board election in Jefferson County, but as it didn’t appear (or occur) that she would be a particularly viable candidate, the issue went away pretty quietly.

  • This Santa really is airborne

    Gerald Folger’s career as “Santa’s helper” has taken him around the world and brought him into contact with thousands of children — but it also spelled trouble for his granddaughter.

  • Group that backed recall ordered to disclose donors

    An administrative judge has decided that one nonprofit group that contributed to efforts to recall three former Jeffco school board members violated state campaign finance law, and must pay a fine and disclose its donors.

  • Jeffco Virtual Academy to drop K-6 classes

     Jeffco Virtual Academy’s elementary-level program will close after the school year ends and be partially absorbed by Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School as a result of low enrollment, school district officials say.

  • Family sues over death of Jeffco inmate

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • Students at Blue Heron Elementary flock to holiday drive benefiting homeless

    As holiday parties were in full swing at Blue Heron Elementary School last Thursday, youngsters were taking time to pack essential items for homeless students.

    The entire school participated in the effort organized by sixth-grade teacher Kim Fognani, in which more than 8,000 products were collected in recent weeks.

    Gathered around tables in the school library and gym, students placed bottles of shampoo, body wash, hairbrushes, lotions and other items in plastic containers.

  • New fire station will be built for TrailMark neighborhood

    The Littleton City Council has approved construction of a new fire station to serve
    the TrailMark neighborhood and surrounding areas in South Jeffco.

    “Adding Station 19 will cause faster response times to emergency calls,” said Fire
    Chief Chris Armstrong. “Time is critical when responding to medical calls,
    especially with almost 17 percent of our population in high-risk age ranges.”

  • Southwest Plaza transformed with $75 million in renovations

    After more than a year of extensive redevelopment, Southwest Plaza is sporting a bright new appearance that includes new stores and a café with a fireplace and skylight.

    Finishing touches are being added to the 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center, which has been redesigned to create a community atmosphere, said Greg Sims, senior general manager for Southwest Plaza.

    “The prime objective was to open it up, make it much more inviting,” Sims said.