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  • 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.

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  • ‘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.

  • Dunk-A-Cop raises money for Climbing for Beare

    On a hot Saturday in downtown Littleton, Wyatt Kieffer hurled a ball at a target and smiled when he realized his pitch was spot on.

    Seconds later, his dad, Brent, tumbled from his spot on a ledge and into a tank full of water.

    Brent is a police officer with the Littleton Police Department, and he was one of the participants in Dunk-A-Cop last weekend. The event is held yearly during Western Welcome Week, and it serves as a fund-raiser for the Littleton Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue prepares for football injuries

    High school football kicks off this week, and in preparation, West Metro Fire Rescue last Friday held a training exercise on head and spinal cord injuries.

    Groups were faced with two separate helmet-related scenarios — one focused on spinal trauma in football players and the other was a motorcycle crash. For the football portion, West Metro used helmets from Chatfield Senior High School, Dakota Ridge High School and the Denver Broncos. It’s important for paramedics to work with different types of helmets to ensure a safe and efficient removal.