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  • Expert discusses visitor policy at area schools

    Metal detectors are not the way to improve school safety — the answer is old-fashioned supervision, awareness and common-sense procedures like keeping unexpected visitors out of the building, said Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services of Cleveland.

    Contacted Feb. 24, it was too early for Trump to have all the facts about the Deer Creek Middle School shootings, but he had some suggestions on what parents and school administrators can do to make schools safer.

  • Democrat surfaces in state Senate race

    A Democrat from Gilpin County has launched a campaign to succeed Democrat Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne, the incumbent state senator in District 16, who is not running for re-election.

    Jeanne Nicholson, a Gilpin County commissioner who has lived in Gilpin County since 1979, announced her candidacy for the job on Feb. 27 at the El Rancho parking lot in Evergreen. Before Gibbs, the seat was held by Joan Fitz-Gerald, a Democrat from Coal Creek Canyon who became Senate president.

  • Young Evergreen actor sets in motion his Hollywood dream

    A 12-year-old Evergreen musician and acting prodigy gave up snowboards for surfboards and is finding his groove in Hollywood as a TV actor and singer in a boy band.

    Jackson Odell has also been signed to a role in an upcoming movie based on the “Judy Moody” book series by Megan McDonald, his mother said.

    Formerly a student at Rocky Mountain Academy and now being home-schooled, Jackson started out in the Evergreen Children’s Chorale and decided he wanted to go into acting. He can sing, dance and play guitar.

  • Shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

    The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, was advised shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday of a $1 million bond and the possible charges against him.

    Eastwood could be charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting, which sent two students to local hospitals, critically injuring 14-year-old Matthew Thieu. Other charges may also be filed, though a spokeswoman for the Jeffco district attorney’s office said she could not comment on any upcoming charges.

  • Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

      Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in Tuesday’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an exclusive interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu will likely be discharged and sent home by Saturday.

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital.

  • School district says rumors of other threats untrue

    The Jefferson County School District is warning parents that rumors on social networking sites about threats to other schools in the district are not true. District officials are urging students to share only information that is factually based.

  • Two students shot at Deer Creek Middle School

    A 32-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon outside Deer Creek Middle School, wounding two students, before faculty members tackled and disarmed him.

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, who is accused of shooting the students with a high-powered rifle, was quickly subdued by faculty members and held down until he was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Math teacher David Benke reportedly tackled the suspect, and at least two other adults assisted.

  • One-way bike trails coming to Apex Open Space Park

    Beginning March 15, some trail segments will become one-way only for mountain bikes on alternate days at Apex Open Space Park near Lookout Mountain.

    The park connects the parking lot at Heritage Square with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Lookout Mountain.

    The affected trails are Enchanted Forest, a middle segment of Apex Trail and a future trail that will provide a second route onto the park from the trailhead in the parking lot at Heritage Square.

  • Friday, Feb. 26, special district election deadlines

    • 4:30 p.m.: Evergreen Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Deadline to submit self-nominations. Forms can be obtained at the district headquarters, 1802 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen. Director terms are four years, expiring in 2014. Seats held by Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Simons are up in 2010. All three incumbents intend to run for new terms.

  • Envoy to Haiti finds little being done in rural areas

    When Paul Casey, executive director of the Colorado Haiti Project, returned from a trip to Haiti last week, he was overwhelmed by the need and suffering he encountered and largely underwhelmed by the degree to which big relief agencies were making an impact on rural areas.

    The Colorado Haiti Project, which is based in Louisville, concentrates its efforts on a regional enclave, Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.