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  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Man stabbed at Clement Park

    A man was stabbed late Tuesday during an altercation at Clement Park, and the person who wielded the weapon remains at large.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said the victim, whose injuries were not life threatening, was taken by private car to Swedish Medical Center Southwest, then later transferred to Swedish Hospital in Englewood for surgery.

    Techmeyer said the incident occurred about 10 p.m. He gave this description of the altercation:

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • Paddleboarder who was caught in storm on Chatfield Reservoir dies

    The Parker mother of three who was paddleboarding at Chatfield Reservoir on Friday when a sudden storm hit has died.

    Dr. Hope Cassel, 45, was found unresponsive in the water near the Chatfield swim beach after the storm, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Cassel had been on a paddleboard outing with her three sons and one of their friends when high winds, hail and lightning hit the area about 1 p.m.

  • Student artwork lands in high-profile exhibit

    The walls of the student services office at the School of Education at Metropolitan State University are now the permanent home to 15 pieces of artwork by students at Normandy Elementary.

  • Woman's attacker could face extended sentence

    A South Jeffco man who was convicted of attacking his girlfriend last July has a hearing this week to consider whether his prior felony convictions could be considered during the habitual criminal phase of his sentencing.

    Chuck Martinez was arrested in July 2015 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood at her apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, including a skull fracture and brain bleed.

  • District weighing options after medical-marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the Jeffco school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Spirits, raptors soar at Father’s Day event

    A Harris’s hawk flew above a packed house from one handler to another Sunday at the second annual Father’s Day Falcon Fest at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. Dads, moms and their kids watched in awe as five birds of prey were presented by the founder of HawkQuest, Kin Quitugua.