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  • Out of the Darkness walk supports suicide prevention

    All of the members of South Jeffco Girl Scout Troop 50739 have in some way dealt with suicide.

    So the troop decided to do its part in preventing suicide by spreading awareness and raising money. Five years ago, it organized the inaugural Out of the Darkness campus walk, which continues to serve as a fund-raiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    The event is a noncompetitive 3-mile walk around Dakota Ridge High School. It begins at the high school at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Registration begins an hour earlier.

  • Artwork fills Ute Meadows on a magical evening

    There was art aplenty at Ute Meadows Elementary School’s annual Evening of the Arts celebration last Friday.
    More than 2,000 pieces of artwork created by students filled the halls of the elementary school. Ute Meadows also hosted a two-hour student talent show, choir performance and poetry reading. A dance segment was also included this year where students and their families could learn to waltz.
    “The evening is a celebration of the children,” said Alesia Westhead, art teacher at Ute Meadows and organizer of the event.

  • Man charged with second-degree arson in North Turkey Creek Fire

    The Jeffco District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22.

    Andrew Askins, 18, has been charged with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Askins was not yet in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

  • ‘Therapeutic recreation’

    Every Saturday, 6-year-old Alexander Yoder looks at his mom and dad and says: “Water? Water?”

    Alexander used to be afraid of the water, but the Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Adaptive Swim and Play program quickly changed that.

    “It made him a lot more of a daredevil,” said his father, Allin, with a grin.

  • Early morning fire damages South Jeffco home

    An early Sunday morning fire in South Jeffco gutted a home but injured no one.

    Littleton Fire Rescue received a call about a residential structure fire around 6:20 a.m. The fire, in the 6000 block of West Nova Drive in Littleton, destroyed the home but was contained quickly. Jackie Erwin, spokeswoman with Littleton Fire Rescue, said the flames were fully extinguished by 7 a.m. 

    When firefighters arrived on scene, neighbors confirmed that the home was vacant. It had no occupants. 

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  • Sheriff’s Office takes part in ‘move over’ campaign

    Two Jeffco law enforcement agencies participated last week in a statewide operation to provide stepped-up enforcement of Colorado’s Move Over law.

  • Jeffco Schools to pay $34,000 for superintendent search

    Jeffco Public Schools is paying Ray and Associates slightly less than what it paid the executive search firm in 2014 to find a new superintendent.

  • National babysitting app looks to grow

    A national app launched recently in South Jeffco and now hopes to expand its reach in the area.

    Bambino Sitters modernizes the way parents find, book and pay trusted local babysitters. It enables parents to find sitters who are connected to them through friends and neighbors.

  • Inter-Canyon to host BBQs

    In an effort to connect district residents and firefighters, the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is organizing a series of neighborhood barbecues for the second consecutive year.

    This year’s theme is “preparing for evacuation in wildfire.”

    Information will be available to help district residents prepare for wildfire.

    The barbecues kick off Saturday and run through May 21. The schedule is as follows:

    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Inter-Canyon Station Two, 10591 S. Deer Creek Canyon Road.