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  • Hundreds gather at Clement Park to honor 20th anniversary of tragedy

    Sean Graves and Patrick Ireland weren’t friends before they met during rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.

  • Metro area exercised caution in canceling school

    In an unprecedented move, metro area school districts, including Jeffco and Platte Canyon, canceled school last Wednesday during a “massive manhunt” for an 18-year-old Florida woman who was believed at the time to be a potential threat to area schools.

  • Crime briefs

    Alberga sentenced to jail work release program, probation

    Daniel Alberga was sentenced to 10 months in a jail work release program, four years of probation and 96 hours of useful public service for his role in the beating and imprisoning of a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

  • Morrison purchases land that could be used for municipal center

    The town of Morrison has purchased an acre of land south of Highway 74 and east of Bear Creek Avenue that could be used for a new municipal center.

    The parcel, which cost the town $415,000, is owned by James Jones of Fort Collins and includes a small triangle of land across Highway 74 from the property. Although its purpose is not yet set in stone, the town has for months been looking for suitable places to build an upgraded municipal center that could house its town offices and courthouse.

  • Conifer Heights proposal denied

    Heather Roberts understands the extent of the issues the mountain area faces when it comes to water quality and supply and fire protection. Not only has the fourth-generation Conifer resident had a well run dry due to development, but she is the granddaughter of a former Elk Creek Fire chief.

  • Traffic snarled by the lake Thursday while Xcel replaced power pole

    Xcel Energy replaced a power pole on Thursday near the dam on Highway 73, blocking one lane and snarling traffic for most of the day.

    According to Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo, a driver hit the pole over the April 6 weekend and drove off. Someone else called Xcel on April 8 to report the damaged pole. The whole pole needed to be replaced.

    Xcel completed its portion of the work on Thursday, but CenturyLink and Comcast still must move their lines before the old pole can be removed. Aguayo was unsure when that work would be completed.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures

    Columbine High School doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. Then again, most schools in the country don’t.

    Main entrances often have cameras and intercoms to buzz in visitors, and a security desk sits just inside the door. Many now have school resource officers.

    John McDonald, the executive director of Jeffco Public Schools’ school safety department, recalled how seeing a police car in front of a school 20 years ago was a source of drama and concern for parents and students alike. Now, it’s a normal and sometimes welcome sight.

  • 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.

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