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  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Retired schools communications team member recalls tragedy

    Marilyn Saltzman vividly remembers the events of April 20, 1999, and the aftermath — and says she learned lessons in all aspects of her life from the experience.

    “It was a life-changing experience in terms of my career and personally,” said the 71-year-old Conifer resident, who was part of Jeffco Public Schools communications team. “The pain subsides, but the impact lasts forever. I’ve seen the goodness in people and the horrors.”

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Lessons learned

    It’s been 20 years since two gunmen entered Columbine High School, killing 13 people, injuring dozens more and leaving a community and a school struggling to find a way forward.

    But in those 20 years, the surviving students and staff, as well as the family and friends of those lost, have worked tirelessly to reclaim the space and show that hope and healing are possible.

  • Plans still unclear regarding D’Evelyn sixth-grade transition

    While district-wide discussions about a sixth-grade transition at D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School and Dennison Elementary have been ongoing for months, the Jeffco school board has yet to determine how to proceed.

    Members of a task force comprised of faculty and parent representatives from both D’Evelyn and its feeder school Dennison Elementary as well as district representatives initially came before the board in January with a plan to transition sixth-grade students out of Dennison and into D’Evelyn.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam. A woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m., called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • One injured in four-car pileup on I-70

    One driver was transported to the hospital Saturday morning after a four-car pileup on eastbound Interstate 70. 

    According to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, the call about the four-vehicle crash near Genesee came in at 8:23 a.m. While most were uninjured in the accident, the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck was transported to Lutheran Hospital due to bleeding from the head. The other cars involved were a 2017 Dodge Ram, a 2017 Audi SUV and a 2004 Toyota pickup truck, according to Alvarado.

  • Projects supported through Innovation Acceleration Fund

    Without money from the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund, Evergreen High School physics teacher Brent Olyowski couldn’t have hosted the Great Mousetrap Weightlifting Challenge, in which Evergreen students competed to see whose homemade car could pull the most weight up an incline.

  • Community members share budget thoughts

    Of the many ways in which Jeffco Public Schools could budget its money, some community members believe the district should earmark more toward special education, safety and compensation.

    Nothing is certain until the governor’s office finalizes its budget, but Jeffco Public Schools expects to receive $22 million from the state, leaving $19.7 million for the district’s general fund after money is passed through to the charters, Colorado Preschool Program and innovation schools.

  • ‘A little bit of light in the darkness that they have’

    When Ramsey Turner first walked in to meet with the victim specialists at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, she was overwhelmed.

    The process is intimidating. It requires reliving a traumatic experience with a stranger. For Turner, it meant detailing years of domestic abuse, and she had trouble opening up at first. But once she committed to the process, her victim specialist, Sabrina Martinez, became family.

  • Alberga’s sentencing delayed a third time

    The sentencing hearing was postponed a third time for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, two prior sentencing hearings were delayed while Alberga was screened for community corrections. He is now scheduled to be sentenced 8 a.m. April 18.

  • Deputies crack down on drivers without seat belts

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were set up at various locations in Evergreen and Conifer last week in an effort to get more drivers to wear seat belts.

    The effort to increase seat belt usage in rural areas was funded by a grant, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Statistics show that in 2018, 86 percent of Colorado drivers wore seat belts, which is below the national average of 90 percent. In addition, 53 percent of the fatalities involved a driver or occupant who wasn’t wearing a seat belt.