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  • West Metro crew rescues hiker near Dinosaur Ridge

    A technical crew from West Metro Fire rescued a hiker and her dog Monday afternoon near Dinosaur Ridge.

    The pair reportedly had slid off the Dakota Ridge Trail in the Dinosaur Ridge area near I-70 and Highway 93, according to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting.

    “… She somehow slid off the trail and (couldn't) … get herself out,” Scholting said. 

  • Bemis Library celebrates 2017 in 2016 with Noon Year’s Eve

    The new year came early for those at the Noon Year’s Eve celebration at the Bemis Library in Littleton.

    Though New Year’s Eve is typically thought of as an adult holiday with alcohol and late-night parties galore, Val Fetters, head of children’s services at the library, wanted to host a celebratory event for kids. That’s how she created the idea for a Noon Year’s Eve party.

  • Rapidly aging population in Jefferson County poses challenges

    Editor’s note: The growing number of people age 65 and over in Jefferson County ultimately will require more services from government, nonprofit agencies and the individuals who serve as caretakers for our senior citizens. This story looks at the demographic shift in Jeffco and Colorado; stories in a future special section will examine the challenges ahead and profile some of the county’s seniors.

  • Former Jeffco DA Scott Storey arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former Jeffco district attorney Scott Storey was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    About 12:30 a.m. that night, Storey, 69, of Littleton was exiting the parking lot of the Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, when his vehicle collided with another car, according to court records. Littleton police responded and spoke with Story at the scene. 

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • Nuts for toffee

    One day some 15 years ago, a friend gifted Pete DeWolf a box of toffee.

    Though it was quickly devoured, the toffee got DeWolf’s gears turning.

    “I thought, ‘Wow, this is delicious. However, if I were to make it, this is how I would do differently,’ ” he said.

    And thus began his efforts to create his own recipe. The rest is sweet history.

    DeWolf began Steamboat Toffee Co. nearly 10 years ago. Within the last few months, he expanded the business and opened Red Rocks Toffee Co. on Goddard Ranch Court in Morrison.

  • Network offers help, sense of community for homeless

    On one of the first official nights of winter, the frosty breath of a dozen people filled the air outside the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center in Lakewood.

    Bundled in winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats, they tote trash bags, rolling suitcases or large backpacks filled with extra clothes, shoes and other possessions.

  • Foothills weighing tax-hike question to address growing operational costs

    The Foothills Park & Rec District board met before Christmas to explore the possibility of presenting a property-tax increase to voters to address climbing operational costs.

    Asking Foothills residents for a bump in the mill levy has been on the minds of district officials since 2014, which was the year the district last asked voters to sign off on an increase of 4 mills. That initiative failed despite the fact that the district has not received additional property-tax revenue since 2000.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • 15-year-old friend charged with reckless manslaughter in teen's shooting

    The 14-year-old victim of a shooting on Dec. 23 at his home at the 11300 block of West Bowles Place died Monday, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Nathaniel Griego, a freshman at Dakota Ridge High School, was rushed to a hospital Friday after being shot by a 15-year-old friend, the Sheriff’s Office said. Griego, 14, lived with his grandparents.