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  • Young Life to host annual wine-tasting fund-raiser

    South Jeffco Young Life will host its annual wine-tasting and auction fund-raiser on Saturday, March 4.

    The event will feature a live and silent auction, wine and beer tastings with cheese pairings, light appetizers and a dessert bar.

    Proceeds benefit Young Life programs and help the organization’s operating budget, said Kristen Schoon, a member of the fund-raising committee.

    She says the organization makes “a great impact” for kids across South Jeffco.

  • Foothills Theatre Company prepping for family-friendly ‘Black Comedy’

    Foothills Theatre Company next month begins a new season of family-friendly performances in Jefferson County with “Black Comedy,” a fun and farcical production by renowned playwright Peter Shaffer.

    Directed by Christina Leet, “Black Comedy” is scheduled for a five-show run March 3-11 at the Black Box Theatre at The Ridge Recreation Center, 6612 S. Ward St. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Commissioners OK security upgrades for admin side of courthouse

    In response to recent incidents of intimidation against county employees and anti-government demonstrations, Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a personnel request from the Sheriff’s Office to add two full-time deputies to patrol the administrative wing of the Jefferson County courthouse.

  • Student organizes fund-raiser for coach’s daughter

    When Katie Day heard that her basketball coach’s daughter had leukemia, she wanted to do something to help.

    With the help of Dakota Ridge High athletic director Matt Heckel and the school’s booster club, the student organized a pancake dinner fund-raiser and special “orange out” basketball game in less than a month’s time. All funds raised at the event benefited coach Jeff Lodden’s family — mainly his daughter, Reagan, 9, in her fight against cancer.

  • Sock puppets help students warm up to storytelling

    For a group of elementary students at Montessori Peaks Academy, puppets play a special role in the storytelling process.

    As part of a unit, the first-, second- and third-grade students create puppets based on the protagonist and antagonist in stories they have written. Ultimately, the youngsters use their sock-puppet creations to learn more about dialogue and character development.

    “It helps them learn dialogue. It helps them learn the tag versus the speech,” said teacher Jacquie Cartwright.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jeffco schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Valero on West Quincy robbed at gunpoint

    A man wielding a semi-automatic weapon robbed a South Jeffco convenience store Wednesday night and escaped with several hundred dollars.

    A clerk at the Valero at 14011 W. Quincy Ave. — formerly a Diamond Shamrock — called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office about 9:45 p.m. after being robbed at gunpoint. The clerk was not physically harmed. 

  • South Jeffco man shot in 'marijuana deal gone bad'

    A South Jeffco resident was shot outside his home late Tuesday in an incident the Sheriff's Office described as “a marijuana deal gone bad.”

    The shooting victim's wounds were described as non-life-threatening, but he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. The Sheriff's Office reported that two suspects in the shooting fled the scene and remain at large. 

  • South Jeffco man shot in 'marijuana deal gone bad'

    A South Jeffco resident was shot outside his home late Tuesday in an incident the Sheriff’s Office described as “a marijuana deal gone bad.”

    The shooting victim’s wounds were described as non-life-threatening, but he was taken to a local hospital for surgery. The Sheriff’s Office reported that two suspects in the shooting fled the scene and remained at large.

  • Crews contain two wildfires on Green Mountain

    Crews from West Metro Fire contained two blazes on Green Mountain in Lakewood early Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire department had reported that its investigators said both fires are suspicious, however there is no official cause released.

    According to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, the first fire was on the north side of the mountain. It was reported about 1:30 a.m., and ended up burning about 1.7 acres, she said. The second was on the east side and started about 5 a.m., charring approximately 5.8 acres.