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  • County still seeking location for public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.

  • Event blending bluegrass, owls is a hoot

    Deanna Curtis loves birds.

    All birds, really. It’s tough for her to pick just one favorite.

    “The barn owl’s my favorite owl. The red-tailed hawk’s my favorite hawk. The golden eagle’s my favorite eagle,” Curtis said, laughing. “It’s too hard to narrow it down to one favorite.”

  • Candidates in District 2 commission race discuss issues facing Jeffco

    With the November election just six weeks away, last week the two candidates in the District 2 county commission race shared similar views about the challenges facing the county, including sensible economic development, ensuring county employee wages remain competitive, and addressing population growth without sacrificing open space. 

  • A hot time at the Fire Muster

    Flames lit up the eyes of the children who stood captivated, watching black smoke fill the air.

    But despite the fire and the smoke, this is not a story of destruction. Rather, it is the story of educational fun at the West Metro Fire Rescue Training Center, which hosted its 22nd annual Family Fire Muster on Saturday.

    The event allows attendees to learn proper fire safety techniques, dress as firefighters, participate in the junior firefighter challenge, and check out the inside of the department’s fire trucks.

  • Jeffco school board endorses group’s goal to scrap PARCC exam

    The Jeffco school board agreed last Thursday to support some controversial resolutions by the Colorado Association of School Boards, including one in favor of scrapping the PARCC student-assessment exam.

    At a study session, school board members discussed 18 proposed resolutions that will affect CASB’s advocacy agenda during the 2017 legislative session. Another resolution that spurred controversy would advocate repeal of the state law that holds school districts liable in any school shooting or act of violence.

    Division over PARCC exam

  • West Metro crews contain two grass fires off U.S. 285

    Two grass fires broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the Kipling and Simms exits of U.S. 285, but both were quickly contained by West Metro firefighters. 

    Though the fire at the Simms Street exit was the larger of the two, spanning nearly 13 acres, the fire department received more calls about the blaze at the Kipling Street exit because of heavier traffic there, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Leawood pupils celebrate peace with pinwheels

    As the wind blew across the lawn of Leawood Elementary, tiny wheels started spinning. Even while in motion, it was easy to make out peace signs, hearts, stars, musical notes, rainbows and letters colored onto their vanes.

    More than 400 of these bright, dazzling pinwheels had been planted on the lawn, all in the name of peace.

    Leawood students celebrated International Peace Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21, by creating and sharing their pinwheels.

  • 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.  

  • Sun shines on Summerset

    Sunday’s blazing sunshine and warm temperatures provided the perfect sendoff to summer as people strolled through Clement Park during the 32nd annual Summerset Festival.

    Thousands made their way to Clement Park over the weekend to enjoy the music, games, animal- and children-oriented events, and other activities.

  • Standoff involving barricaded man ends in arrest

    A man who had been barricaded inside a condo on South Alkire Street was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Jeffco sheriff's SWAT team after an hours-long standoff. 

    About 10:30 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call about a domestic situation in the 7300 block of South Alkire involving a man and woman outside of the residence. According to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the caller said the situation became physical and the man forced the woman back inside.