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  • Spark City bus ignites fun, learning in youngsters

    Children and their parents enjoyed an afternoon farming fruits and vegetables, shopping, and preparing sit-down meals — all while aboard a bus.

    The Spark City Children’s Museum bus, which was outside the Ken Caryl Safeway on Saturday, offered kids an opportunity to role-play and to learn about the farm-to-table food experience.

  • Lofty goals in the lesson plan for Chatfield High

    After the sound of the ever-familiar bell, Chatfield Senior High’s two-tiered common area becomes a hive of steady movement and noise. Principal Chad Broer stands near the edge of the stairs, watching the students move past the various banners advertising clubs and sporting events. He starts a conversation with a student, then a faculty member. And soon, the passing period is over, and only a few people remain in the commons.

  • Participants in bicycle race greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Smart-phone app alerts CPR-trained to nearby patients in need of help

    Let’s say you’re at the grocery store and your smart phone alerts you that someone in the parking lot is having a heart attack. Even though you’re not a medical expert, you know cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and you rush out to start or assist with CPR. And, maybe, thanks to that timely aid, the patient recovers.

    This is the idea behind the smart-phone application PulsePoint CPR/AED that West Metro Fire Rescue has launched in its district.

  • Program helps hungry kids during the summer

    For some children, the summer months seem to fly by. Between summer sports, camping, nature walks, swimming and other outdoor activities, there's always something to do. But, is there always something to eat?

    With school ending, kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches as their only stable source of food might struggle to find proper nutrition during the summer.

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • CASA volunteers provide a voice, support for kids dealing with courts

    A girl named Sally lives in Jeffco with one of her parents, who has a substance abuse problem, and there have been allegations of neglect and/or abuse. The case is going to court, and Sally is scared and confused.

    In cases like this hypothetical one, the child may be assigned one of Jeffco’s court-appointed special advocate volunteers, who will be a constant in her life. The volunteer would meet Sally on a weekly basis to make sure all her needs are met.

  • West Metro Fire hosts 11-day technical rescue course

    A construction worker is trapped in a trench, with a 20-inch pipe pinning his torso and legs. He’s stuck in a confined and unstable space, being crushed under a large structure. He should be terrified, but he isn’t.

    This scenario was an exercise — the final test, actually — for firefighters enrolled in West Metro Fire’s technical rescue course.

  • Commissioners apparently violate Open Meetings Law

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners appeared to violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when they continued to discuss a measure involving changes to county regulations while the board was in recess.

    The apparent violation occurred Sept. 29 during a public hearing on proposed changes to county regulations governing such things as roadway design, land development and storm drainage. The board went into a short recess after Commissioner Don Rosier asked if the hearing could be postponed to a later date to give the board more time to analyze changes to the proposal.

  • Commissioners OK raising of ducks in change to urban-agriculture zoning

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Sept. 13 unanimously approved a zoning change allowing residents to raise ducks on certain residential properties.

    In 2013, during the urban agriculture movement in the Denver area, Jefferson County adopted zoning regulations to allow the keeping of chickens and bees at certain single-family detached, two-family dwellings or duplex residential properties.