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  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Southwest Plaza searched after bomb threat

    A search of Southwest Plaza spurred by a telephone bomb threat Monday evening turned up nothing suspicious, and the mall’s doors were reopened to customers.

    Patrons were barred from entering the mall while the search took place, though customers inside weren’t evacuated.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter account at 8:14 p.m. that nothing was found during the search.

  • Suspect in attempted murder is apprehended

    A suspect in an attempted homicide has been taken into custody, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing, the Sheriff's Office announced via its Twitter account at 11:57 p.m. Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had searched for Zuchowski since Thursday night after an incident that apparently stemmed from a disagreement about money.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Wednesday and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • West Metro Fire hosts 11-day technical rescue course

    A construction worker is trapped in a trench, with a 20-inch pipe pinning his torso and legs. He’s stuck in a confined and unstable space, being crushed under a large structure. He should be terrified, but he isn’t.

    This scenario was an exercise — the final test, actually — for firefighters enrolled in West Metro Fire’s technical rescue course.

  • Local WWII veteran participates in Honor Flight

    There were WACs, WAVES and WASPs. And then, there were the women Marines.

    During World War II, women served in and alongside the armed forces, including the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

  • JCEA awards Excellence Fund scholarship

    After almost a decade, the Jeffco Education Association has reinstated its Christa McAuliffe Excellence Fund scholarship.

    Established in 1984 as the JCEA Excellence Scholarships, the program awards $4,000 across four years to graduating Jeffco seniors who plan to pursue careers in education. The scholarship was renamed in McAuliffe’s honor after the New Hampshire teacher was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

  • Chatfield grads cherish their memories, look to the future

    Kygo’s “Stole the Show” echoed throughout Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon as Chatfield Senior High graduated nearly 450 seniors in its 30th commencement ceremony. As a group of seniors performed their class song one last time, the proverbial spotlight was on, as thousands of parents, family members, friends, teachers and classmates looked on from the stadium seats.

  • Wildfire response exercise planned in Ken-Caryl area

    A full-scale wildfire preparation exercise is planned for the Ken-Caryl area on Saturday. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Grant Program, the exercise will involve neighborhood evacuations, a mock shelter at Chatfield High School and more.

  • Mercury Rising

    Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.