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  • Bob Shiflet not only has a way with bees, he has a biochemistry degree and a vast knowledge of bee lore that he’s not afraid to share.

    People who want to learn more about honeybees or who want to start cultivating bees in their own backyards should meet Shiflet, a South Jeffco resident and the head beekeeper at Hudson Gardens.

  • For Army Sgt. Eric Bishop, last week’s homecoming from South Korea — his third overseas deployment — meant seeing his 10-month-old son, Sebastian, for the first time.

     

    For his wife, Charlotte, who spent the last year wrangling a 2-year-old and changing and feeding their new baby, the event held simpler significance.

    "I am hoping to get more sleep," she said.

    Sebastian was born last June 28, and during the past 10 months he saw his father only in photos and on a computer screen. 

  • Fleeing on a moment’s notice from her home on Pleasant Park Road was taxing enough for Conifer resident Tracy McCandless. But the task of relocating five horses and a cat caused her stress level to rise exponentially.

    Fortunately for McCandless and numerous other residents, volunteer teams of animal rescuers were prepared to help evacuate animals in the midst of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire.

  • More people are dying every year in Jefferson County because of prescription-drug overdoses, a trend mirroring national statistics that the coroner’s office attributes to increased prescribing of opiate painkillers.

    By year’s end, the office predicts, 45 residents will die from unintentional drug toxicity. And though 2010 saw a slight drop in prescription-drug deaths, the anticipated number for 2011 would represent a 73 percent rise over those of 2005.

  • One of the most well-known faces at Columbine Hills Elementary School retired Nov. 11 after a decade of tenure, which in the case of Ramblin’ the Retriever was about 70 canine years.

  • South Jeffco resident Dean Hinds had a nostalgic surprise waiting for him when he sat down for breakfast on Veterans Day at MorningStar Senior Living — a wasp-waisted, dark-green Army jacket, a relic he had not seen since tucking it away in a trunk when he returned home from Germany after World War II.

    His son in law, Bob Jones, had discovered the jacket in his home just days before, and was eager to reunite the garment with its owner.

  • By Emile Hallez
    Staff Writer
    Hopping up and down, touching toes and quacking like a duck aren’t unusual pastimes for very young children — but it is a rare sight to see 64 students engaging in the activities in unison.

  • The odds were stacked against Lesley Ingram.

    The 29-year-old, addicted to crystal meth and alcohol, faced a handful of serious charges in Jefferson County’s 1st Judicial District.

    Ingram, unemployed and without prospects, was nonetheless given an unexpected second chance — a transfer to the newly established Jefferson County Recovery Court, a program designed to help struggling addicts overcome abusive habits and give back to the community.

  • By Chelsy Woods Klein

    For the Courier

    Nine Girl Scouts from Powderhorn Elementary School spent a year collecting donations to help kids entering Denver’s foster care network. And when they delivered the goods recently, the Scouts also imparted a message: “There are people out there who love you.”

    Those are the words of 11-year-old Skylar Lotus, a student at Powderhorn and a member of Troop 2035, which braved heavy rain and waterlogged streets on May 18 to deliver 250 care packages to the Denver Department of Human Services.

  • It’s a Friday afternoon at B’nai Chaim, and Rabbi Joel Schwartzman is running between the building’s two floors, trying to reconcile temperatures between the freezing ground level and the balmy basement.

    In about two hours, 200 congregants would pack the small Reform Judaism synagogue for a night of musical devotion, a treat Schwartzman and his wife, Ziva, provided a few weeks before his July 2 retirement.

  • Editor’s note: The Courier has been following Ashley Bissel in her fight against a rare form of brain cancer. This is the final installment in the series.

     

    Ashley Bissel wears a simple charm bracelet, a chain of loose silver links adorned with a single a accoutrement, a small ribbon of the same metal.

    She grasps the tiny charm between her thumb and forefinger, absorbing its smooth texture and savoring the significance.

    Every May 15, she plans to add another.

  • Prom was different this year for Chatfield High School junior Hally Burns.

    Dressed to the nines and meticulously groomed, Hally arrived at the dance looking as glamorous as a trendsetting musician attending the Grammy Awards.

    “We’re going to make her like Taylor Swift tonight,” said stylist Shauna Morris, as she ironed Hally’s hair into thick strands of loose curls. “That is who she picked out.”

  • A small gathering of local residents waited patiently on April 13 at Columbine High School, where each made a ceremonious stitch in a patch for the National 9/11 Flag.

    The partially restored banner — which was found in October 2001 hanging from wreckage at 90 West St. across from the Twin Towers — now contains pieces of flags from across the country, including threads from the historic Lincoln Flag and, now, shreds from a former Leawood Elementary School flag.

  • Just as the metro area’s weather took a dramatic turn last weekend, shifting from highs above 80 on Saturday to a snowstorm the following morning, far stranger things were happening on Neptune.

    The planet, for example, may have been experiencing a rainstorm — with liquid methane precipitating in beach-ball-size drops.

    And nearby, on Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, the entire atmosphere over one hemisphere may have been frozen to the surface during an unimaginably cold winter.

  • During his flights from Denver to New York and Los Angeles, Dakota Ridge High School student Graham Stookey has more on his mind than most of his peers.

    As many of his fellow seniors begin stressing about prom dates and college acceptance letters, Graham is negotiating terms with record labels on both coasts, choosing a deal that could help solidify his musical career and make him a household name.

  • A week of life is missing from Marcus Uribe’s memory.

    The Columbine High School graduate awoke last November in a hospital bed at the University of Texas, a machine controlling his breathing via a tube in his throat.

    The Marine, burly from a weight-training regimen, struggled to free himself upon regaining consciousness, an early show of hope that he might recover from the brain injury he sustained when he was run over by a speeding truck days before.

    He was a hero — or so people tell him.

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  • Clarinet cases and water bottles are scattered haphazardly in the outfield grass on Chatfield High School’s baseball field. More than 100 students, most wearing shorts, stand at attention, waiting for cues from the marching band’s drum majors.

    It’s a Saturday — homecoming day — and the band members have been rehearsing since 8 a.m. They get their first substantial break at 11:15. Fifteen minutes later, they’re back in formation.

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    Jackson was only a few weeks old when his guardian, Connie Rivera, noticed something peculiar about him.

    Just like other bulldog puppies, he would snort, chew and run amok — but Jackson would curiously flop over, winded, after only a few rambunctious minutes.

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    Blasts of distorted electric-guitar chords compounded with a capricious flow of drums and cymbal crashes on Sept. 18 as the Summerset Festival audience absorbed the hard-rock performance of local student band Chapter 4. A teenage crowd edged up against the stage, transforming a small section of grass in Clement Park into a mosh pit, pushing and laughing as they bounced off of one another.