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  • Multitude of Fourth of July celebrations in South Jeffco

    With Fourth of July fast approaching, it’s time to pull out the American Flag memorabilia and prepare to celebrate the red, white and blue. For those on the prowl for some patriotic fun in South Jeffco, look no further. From the annual Red, White & You Festival in Clement Park to the early morning Columbine Valley parade, there is something for people of all ages.

  • A place of history: Morrison home to one of the few remaining CCC camps

    Walking onto the grounds of the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps camp is a lot like walking back in time.

    The camp, which provided work to young men during the Great Depression, was once one of 100 in Colorado, but today, it’s one of the few intact CCC camps left in the United States.

  • Indian Hills to debut short movie on the town’s history

    Residents of Indian Hills soon will have an opportunity to delve into the history of their community.

    A new 10-minute movie about Indian Hills is scheduled to play before the July 3 community movie in Arrowhead Park. It was a collaborative effort between Katie Linder-Jesse, the new town historian; Alison Vigil, an Indian Hills resident and producer at Root Sports; and more.

  • Ultra-athlete working toward second book

    Karen Brown never stops.

    The Littleton ultra-athlete sets a goal, completes it and then sets another. While training for the Ironman World Championship, she heard about the Ultraman triathlon.

    “That’s a 320-mile three-day triathlon whereas Ironman is 146 (miles) in one day,” Brown said. “Ultraman blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out how anyone would do that and yet there were all these people that had done it.

  • Fire board approves participation in program

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board of directors approved participation in a newly established program that provides financial awards to firefighters diagnosed with one of five types of cancer — brain, skin, digestive, hematological or genitourinary.

  • Reach, row, throw, go

    As the weather warms, many hit the water for rafting, tubing and fun in the sun.

    But for first responders, the summertime means something a bit different — an increased likelihood for a swift water rescue. To prepare, staff at West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue, Denver Fire Department and Westminster Fire Department gathered at Clear Creek in early June for a swift water rescue training course.

    Q: Can you explain the purpose of this training? I know it was a multi-day course.

  • Houses linked to Deer Creek Golf Club project

    More than 100 single-family homes may soon line a portion of Deer Creek Golf Club in South Jeffco.

    Following a hearing originally held May 3 but continued on June 14, the Jefferson County Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend approval of a rezoning request.

  • Area artist Susan Mikkelson uses Makers Marketplace at Southwest Plaza to sell her pottery

    When Susan Mikkelson walks into the dollar store, the employees don’t have to ask if she needs assistance. They know she is headed straight for the inexpensive glassware.

    The Littleton resident might not be a frequent dinner party host or a glassware collector, but instead, she is a potter who enjoys smashing glassware into tiny shards and incorporating it into her art.

    “That’s why they think I’m crazy at the dollar store,” Mikkelson said with a smile.

  • Rupert seeks voters help to be re-elected

    In 2015, Brad Rupert announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board after three board members — John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams — were targeted for recall by community members who felt they lacked accountability, transparency and general respect for the community they were elected to serve. Running on a platform of outcome-focused decision-making and with a desire to rebuild trust in the community, Rupert was ultimately elected treasurer of the board and replaced Williams.

  • Superintendent search process encouraged Harmon to run for re-election

    Two years ago, Susan Harmon was one of 12 people vying for a spot on the Jeffco school board ahead of what would be a successful recall of three members of the then-school board. At the time, the University of Colorado graduate and family law attorney sought to rebuild trust between the district and the growing community it served, as well as address facilities issues within the district and improve the district’s relations with its teachers.