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  • Cap and gown bound: Columbine senior fights through surgeries, pain to finish on top

    Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    Amanda Brown’s story is one of determination.

  • Falcon Bluffs entrepreneurship class lends a helping hand

    Stepping inside John Trujillo’s entrepreneurship class at Falcon Bluffs Middle School is akin to walking in the front door of a small business.

    There are students calculating costs; others woodworking in the classroom wood shop; and still more packaging products. The class, now in its fourth year at Falcon Bluffs, is a real lesson in business, philanthropy and entrepreneurship, and its impact is not overlooked by students.

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    Conservation Greenprint

    With the Denver metro area’s growth expected to continue growing at 2 percent a year, Jeffco Open Space has identified five big-picture key initiatives to continue addressing the challenges its parks have seen because of increasing growth. All of these initiatives are ongoing, and JCOS staff have already started on several of them.

  • Jeffco food drive a ‘godsend’ for local nonprofits

    Four tons, or 8,000 pounds of food.

    That’s enough to feed one person for four years, or 2,000 people for a day.

    And it’s the goal that the county’s staff members have set for themselves — to raise 8,000 pounds of food for nonprofits as part of their 24th annual Food and Cash Drive.

    The drive runs through May 25 and will benefit four nonprofits across Jeffco, including Evergreen Christian Outreach, or EChO, and the Holy Family Center Food Pantry at South Jeffco’s Light of the World Catholic Church.

  • Bill to prohibit teacher strikes pulled

    A bill that sought to prohibit teacher strikes in Colorado and punish participants with jail time and fines was lost in committee on April 30 after primary sponsor state Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, withdrew the bill on grounds that there wasn’t enough time left in the session to debate the issue properly.

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    Outdoor Lab schools land thousands in donations

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Lab Schools were recently the recipients of more than $400,000 in donations and building assistance from the Outdoor Lab Foundation for the construction and upkeep of permanent greenhouse-classrooms at both Windy Peak Outdoor Lab in Bailey and Mount Evans Outdoor Lab in Evergreen.

  • Cap and gown bound: Chatfield senior knows who he is and what he wants

    Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    When Aaron Abai transferred to Chatfield Senior High School the second week of his freshman year, he walked into his counselor’s office and matter-of-factly said: “I’m Aaron Abai, and I’m going to Harvard.”

  • Runners remember Columbine victims

    Runners took off from the starting line outside of Columbine High School on Sunday morning but not before taking a moment to honor the 13 lives lost in the 1999 shooting at the school.

    The Run for Remembrance, now in its 13th year, continues to serve as fundraiser for the Frank DeAngelis Foundation, Columbine Memorial Foundation and Craig Hospital Foundation. The Englewood hospital treated patients nearly 20 years ago in the aftermath of the shooting.

  • Summer farmers market on the way to Morrison

    A new summer market is on the fast track to opening after the Morrison Town Board unanimously approved an application for a special use permit — contingent on a few details — at its May 1 meeting.

    The market, organized by VFW Post 3471 of Morrison, will be held 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from June to September. It will be housed in the parking lot on Bear Creek Avenue next to the gas station.

  • Feeley returns to West Metro board after landslide win

    Mike Feeley will serve as the District 3 representative on the West Metro Fire Protection District board of directors after a landslide victory in Tuesday’s special district election.

    According to unofficial election results, Feeley received 251 votes, while opponent Joe Margotte received 18. District 3 primarily covers Lakewood and Morrison and is bounded by Alameda Avenue on the north and Kipling Parkway on the east. This district extends a bit west of C-470 and a bit south of U.S. 285.