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  • 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.

  • Trial set for July in Berry case

    A trial rather than a plea bargain appears to be in store in the case of Ken Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, an Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud.

    A judge has set a trial date in July for the couple, who now have separate attorneys, although they appeared together in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 16.

    Anne Berry’s attorneys, Matthew Margeson and Jeremy Reed of Margeson and Reed of Denver, filed a motion asking the court to separate the trials instead of holding them concurrently. Margeson and Reed joined the case in September.

  • OBITUARY CORRECTION

    The Canyon Courier inadvertently published a photograph of the Rev. Vera E. Guebert-Steward with the obituary for H. Frost Theiss in the Feb. 10 issue. The obituary was republished on Page 8 this week. Pastor Vera continues to be in good health.

  • The sweetest month: Girl Scout cookies arrive; sales benefit local charities, Haitian relief

    For many, the annual drive by local Girl Scouts to sell cookies is one of the sweetest times of the year. But the effort also proves a sweet deal for mountain area charities.

    Groups such as the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Alpine Rescue will benefit from this year’s sales by the Blue Spruce Unit of the Girl Scouts. The unit, with 27 troops, includes 290 girls from schools in Evergreen, Indian Hills and Clear Creek County.

    Under a program called Hometown Heroes, each troop chooses a local charity to receive a donation of cookies.

  • Warm sounds at the Ice House

    When the Ice House Café opens its doors to musicians on Thursday nights, the result is like having a bunch of friends and relatives making music in someone’s living room.

    Thanks to entrepreneurs Charles and Cindy Shirley, the no-cover open-mic night has been a regular feature at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen for the last two years. The only requirement for taking the stage is to sign up and show up.