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  • 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.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.

  • D’Evelyn principal found guilty of third-degree assault, harassment

    A jury on Thursday found the principal of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School guilty of charges related to an assault on his wife last November. 

    Anthony Edwards, 36, was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment after a two-day trial. The jury deliberated for an hour. 

    Judge Mark Randall sentenced Edwards to two years of probation and 60 hours of community service, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. 

  • Jeffco district eyeing pay increase for next superintendent

    The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district’s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.

    Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm’s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.

  • Inter-Canyon offering AED, CPR classes

    Starting Saturday, Feb. 18, the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District will host a series of CPR, AED and first-aid courses.

    The classes come after the district installed a public-access AED, or automated external defibrillator, at each of its five stations. Classes are free to residents of the fire district.

    Each class will teach CPR. First-aid and AED certification classes will be held every other session.

    The schedule for the series of classes:

    • Feb. 18 — CPR/AED, four-hour class

  • High schools compete in state Science Bowl at Dakota Ridge

    Students from across the state battled it out in the 27th annual Colorado High School Science Bowl last Saturday at Dakota Ridge High School.

    Two South Jeffco teams — both from Dakota Ridge — competed, and though neither advanced past the round robin stage of the event, team leader Sharon Muenchow said they did well in a “really tough competition.”

    Nearly 50 high schools from across Colorado contended for the title and a trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

  • Kerr’s bike bill rolls to a stop

    A bill by state Sen. Andy Kerr was defeated in the Senate Transportation Committee last week, but the South Jeffco Democrat says he plans to continue educating and spreading awareness in the hopes of reintroducing it in the future.

  • Jeffco delays grade shuffling, school closures

    Two weeks after proposing the closure of five elementary schools to free up funds for teacher compensation, the Jeffco school board voted early Friday to close just one school — Pleasant View Elementary in Golden — and to delay plans to shuffle sixth-graders to middle schools. 

  • South Jeffco native appears in Trump’s inaugural parade

    Despite being some 24 hours away from Washington, D.C., Littleton was well represented in the Jan. 20 Inaugural Parade.

    Patricia Ormond, 21, a 2013 graduate of D’Evelyn High School and a first classman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, marched with her school’s band company, leading the way and calling commands for the marching officers behind her.

  • Becoming restaurateurs

    A chaotic buzz permeated TNT Country Kitchen last Wednesday as fifth- and sixth-graders from Red Rocks Elementary zoomed about the Morrison restaurant.

    Students acted as waiters, bus staff and hostesses for the evening, moving hastily from the kitchen to the dining tables, balancing plates of piping-hot spaghetti, trays of baked goods and glasses of ice water.