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  • A one-man wave of patriotism

    A Morrison man is showing the flag — literally — to do his part to stop the divisiveness that surrounded November’s presidential election.

    Jeff McNamara has taken to waving an American flag near his home at U.S. 285 and Sourdough Drive, at the roundabout in Marshdale, on overpasses along C-470, and elsewhere. He calls his stints with the flag “Yay America” rallies.

  • Jefferson County’s elected officials take the oath of office

    Running for public office can be an arduous process for those in the race, but oftentimes a candidate’s family also bears the burden of a campaign.

    Acknowledging and thanking friends and family members for their commitment and dedication through Election Day was a common theme for many of Jeffco’s elected officials during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Jeffco courthouse in Golden.

  • Wagging tail helps kids read tales

    Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.

    Though it might not be apparent at first glance, the 3-year-old therapy dog is on the clock; she is the canine component in the library’s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.

  • 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.

  • 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.