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  • Columbine becomes first Jeffco school to offer AP capstone diploma

    Next year, Columbine High School will be the first Jeffco Public School to offer the advanced placement capstone diploma program.

    The high school was approved for the program in December after a lengthy application process. With the AP capstone program, Columbine will add two courses to its current AP class offers. Those classes — AP seminar and AP research — focus on building the skills and in-depth knowledge that students need in preparation for college, according to Shannon Vigil, vice principal at Columbine.

  • CDOT, WestConnect wrapping up C-470 traffic study

    For nearly two years, the Colorado Department of Transportation has been studying ways to improve traffic along C-470 from Kipling Parkway to Interstate 70.

    Along with the WestConnect Coalition, a collaborative effort led by local and state agencies, CDOT conducted a “planning and environmental linkages,” or PEL, study. The study developed short- and long-term transportation alternatives and ultimately hopes to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for all users.

  • Summit Ridge art program encourages students to be creative, think critically

    Beth Hendrix sees art as a means of expression. Art inspires imagination. It is a way to understand culture and a conduit of critical thinking.

    And this is exactly what she hopes to convey in her art classroom at Summit Ridge Middle School, where she teaches the subject in its many forms.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Something for nothing
    WEST COAL MINE AVENUE
    — According to the solid citizen who called JCSO on the afternoon of Dec. 27, a rock-throwing rogue was busily busting the windows out of a defunct fast-food franchise. Advised to look for a man walking west wearing a gray hoodie and red backpack, deputies easily identified the purported pane pelter and asked what he was up to.

  • Millions expected in savings after school bonds are refinanced

    Taxpayers in Jefferson County will see an estimated $4.6 million in net savings over the next several years after Jeffco Public Schools refinanced $99 million in bonds from 2012 late last year.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue eyeing partner to provide in-home care

    West Metro Fire Rescue has an idea to help district residents cut back on unnecessary transports to the emergency room. It’s an idea that it hopes will save patients money and reduce costs for the department.

    “We’ve kind of found ourselves in a predicament in that when we deliver EMS to the community, we really have two options,” said Jeremy Metz, West Metro’s emergency medical services division chief. “Those two options are: We can transport the patient to the hospital or we can (treat) them on-scene.”

  • Barron waives preliminary hearing, returns to court Feb. 26

    The man accused of stealing a car in Lakewood and robbing several businesses in South Jeffco has waived a preliminary hearing and will return to court for a Feb. 26 arraignment.

  • Child abuse suspect to be tried in April

    After a lengthy motions hearing, a jury trial has been set for the Lakewood man accused of seriously injuring a toddler in September.

    Joshua Gonzales, 22, was charged with one count of felony child abuse with serious bodily harm. If convicted, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 10 to 32 years. Gonzales will return to court April 9 for his trial, which is scheduled to last nine days.

  • 19-year-old pleads guilty in March’s North Turkey Creek Fire

    The 19-year-old accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to one class-6 felony count of firing woods or prairies, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

    Andrew Askins of Conifer was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

  • Morrison Country Store set to close its doors

    After more than 30 years, the Morrison Country Store will soon be closing its doors.

    An official closing date has not been set, but employees expect the Morrison Country Store will be open for another month. All merchandise is 50 percent off, and everything must be sold. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday, when the shop opens at 11 a.m.