Local News

  • 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.

  • Inter-Canyon to add new firefighter driver engineer position

    As firefighters age, the health and safety risk of entering a fire increases. Oftentimes, a firefighter’s comfort level changes, too.

  • ‘Understand their entire world’

    Walk through the front doors of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, and it strikes you — silence.

    In the classrooms. In the halls. And save for a few joyful yelps here and there, on the playground.

    But despite the quietness, in-depth communication is happening in every inch of the school. It is simply happening through ASL or American Sign Language.

  • Columbine Library renovations approved

    In an April 12 hearing, the Jeffco Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for renovations at the Columbine Library.

    Architects and library representatives came before the commission seeking site approval to allow for parking improvements and exterior renovations of the library.

  • ‘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.