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  • ‘It’s a great tradition’

    In the early dark, chilly hours of Easter, thousands of people filed into Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for the venue’s annual sunrise service.

    Spotlights illuminated three on-stage crosses, casting shadows on the rocks behind the stage and welcoming those to the venue for worship.

    Some were quiet, heads bowed in prayer in honor of the holiday. Others shared a smile or a kind word with their friends, families and neighbors. But all were bundled in coats, hats, gloves and blankets, waiting patiently for start of the service and the colorful sunrise.

  • Bestselling author, Netflix star talks kindness at Columbine High

    When Angela Krolicki contacted Leon Logothetis about speaking at Columbine High School, she did not expect to hear back. Logothetis, after all, has a Netflix TV show called “The Kindness Diaries.” He’s also a bestselling author, motivational speaker and philanthropist.

    “You don’t expect to send a message out like that and hear something back,” said Krolicki, a parent of a Columbine High School student.

    So imagine her surprise when Logothetis not only responded, but agreed to speak.

  • Mortensen Elementary fulfills Make-a-Wish presentation

    Amanda and Ethan Gehman know the value of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    When Ethan, now a third-grader at Mortensen Elementary, was going through cancer treatments two years ago, the Gehman family went to Disney World as part of a wish granted by the foundation.

    “It was a nice break from what life was like,” said his mother, Amanda.

  • Agencies collaborate during emergency response training exercise

    Two overturned cars. Four blood-covered people. Nine responding agencies.

    The scene on Saturday at Lair o’ the Bear Park on Highway 74 looked like a tragic car accident, but in reality, it was the scene of a joint emergency response training exercise hosted by Jeffco Open Space. This was the first coordinated training of this magnitude in the Jeffco foothills.

  • Chatfield Senior High celebrates diversity

    Last week, a large multi-colored “coexist” sign greeted those who came to Chatfield Senior High School.

    That’s because last Thursday the school, for the very first time, organized “Coexist Day,” a celebration dedicated to diversity, inclusion and coexistence.

    At the heart of the day was the idea that “our experiences and differences define who we are,” said David Hashemi, who works in Chatfield’s English department.  

  • Dog-friendly brewery in the works

    A new dog-friendly craft brewery has taken steps toward opening in South Jeffco.

    Coal Mine Ave. Brewing Company, to be located at 9719 W. Coal Mine Ave., met with the Jeffco Planning Commission last Wednesday, seeking approval for a rezoning that would add craft brewery as an allowed use and an off-leash area for dogs as an accessory use. After a nearly two-hour discussion, the motion passed with a vote of 6-1 to allow for the rezoning.

  • Bank robbery suspect enters not guilty plea

    A man pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to felony charges of aggravated robbery.

    Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at three South Jeffco banks, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan 6.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Crider is a suspect in the following robberies:

    • At a Bank of the West in the 800 block of East South Boulder Road in Louisville on Dec. 9.

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  • Foothills recruiting residents to meet

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is recruiting residents to help champion a mill levy increase that will be posed to voters on the November ballot.
    On Friday, Foothills sent an email to 500 district residents inviting them to participate in the first meeting of the Foothills Citizens Committee, which will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m., at the Ridge Recreation Center. The group will be tasked with disseminating information to district residents about the ballot measure, as well as explaining why the district is seeking additional public funds.

  • The healing continues: Jefferson County hosts 24th annual Courage Walk

    It’s often said that grief is a silent burden to carry.

    For some, the grief was a little less burdensome last Saturday during the 24th annual Courage Walk. The walk, which coincides with Crime Victims’ Rights Week, honors crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to violence.

    Victim advocates and other supporters joined crime victims, families and loved ones for a half-mile walk around the Jeffco Courthouse to the onsite Courage Garden, where a short service recognized crime victims across Jefferson County.