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  • Foothills advancing plans to put mill levy increase request on ballot

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is moving forward with plans to seek a mill levy increase in the November election, and it’s considering ways to utilize the money should its upcoming bid prove successful.

    During an Aug. 22 board meeting, the board of directors unanimously approved a resolution determining ballot language. In passing that resolution, the board also agreed to allow board members Tony Esolen and Bill Meyer to work with district counsel Paul Rufien to finalize the language before Jefferson County’s Sept. 8 submittal date.

  • Finding healing: Veterans embrace the peace and quiet of fishing at Lake Lehow

    Reflections paint the still waters of Lake Lehow as those scattered across its banks cast their lines, hoping for a bite.

    Cast. Reel. Catch. Release.

    With each launch of the fishing line on the shore of this secluded lake, they find stillness and clarity. But perhaps most of all, they find healing.

    These individuals have much more in common than shared space in the sand. Most also share the experience of war; they know service and honor, fear and pain. Through this understanding of combat and love for the outdoors, the group has become family.

  • Jeffco to delay school closure conversations until 2019, superintendent says

    In an attempt to ease concerns among parents and community members, the superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools announced last Friday that the school district will not consider any school closures for at least a couple of years.

    Superintendent Jason Glass said in a letter e-mailed to parents, as well as posted to his “Advance Jeffco” blog under the title, “Rethinking school closures,” that his administration would make recommendations to close any neighborhood school until at least the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Shrader seeking re-election as sheriff

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced Aug. 22 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part because there’s still more community work he wants to do.

    “I’m not done yet. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do at the Sheriff’s Office over the last few years, but one term is not enough,” said Shrader in a phone interview.

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  • Former Jeffco custodian sentenced in sexting case

    The former Jeffco Public Schools custodian arrested last September on suspicion of sending nude photos to a female student was sentenced last week to four years of sex offender intensive probation.

    Jacob David Deal pleaded guilty Aug. 14 to one charge of attempted sexual assault on a child, a Class 5 felony, in connection to incidents involving two students last year.

  • West Metro fire board celebrates accreditation, two promotions

    After months of work and a few bumps in the road, the West Metro Fire Protection District board celebrated accreditation approval and recognized two employee promotions at its Aug. 15 meeting.

  • Change coming for Indian Hills Water District

    Tension continues in the Indian Hills Water District, but board and community members are making efforts to work together.

    After a period of conflict, the district hopes to reinstate stability and focus on its job of providing clean water to residents of Indian Hills. The upcoming months will bring a new board member to the water district, as well as a set of bylaws and a decision on permanent legal counsel.


  • ‘Bite out of the sun’: Mount Evans draws spectators Monday morning to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse

    As the moon began its slow journey over the sun, murmurs of excitement echoed across Mount Evans.

    “It looks like somebody took a bite out of the sun,” said David Pierce, 8, from his perch atop a rock.

    David and his family traveled to Mount Evans from Denver to watch Monday’s solar eclipse and held signs reading “eclipse or bust.”

    “We’re here looking for the lizard man,” said Marty, another member of the Pierce family.

  • Beare starts nonprofit in honor of missing husband, LPD officer

    Olivia Beare is on a mission.

    Her husband, Steven Beare, went missing while hiking in the mountains of Russia. A 32-year-old Littleton Police Department officer, Steven planned to ascend Mount Elbrus, an 18,150-foot peak, but hasn’t been seen since his second day of climbing in mid-June.