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  • Fox tests positive for the plague

    A dead fox found in Ken-Caryl Valley has tested positive for the plague, according to the Jefferson County Public Health Department.
    A notice provided by Ken-Caryl Ranch says the dead fox was found at a Ken-Caryl residence in late April, and the animal tested positive in May.
    While summer brings warmer weather and sunny skies, it’s also prime time for animal- and insect-borne diseases like rabies, West Nile virus and the plague.

  • Rabies in skunks on the rise in Jeffco

    Jeffco Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are reporting an increase in the number of confirmed cases of rabies in terrestrial animals in Jefferson County.
    As of Tuesday, Jeffco had 14 confirmed cases of rabies, according to the latest CDPHE data. All of the confirmed cases of rabies came from infected skunks.

  • CHS principals — past and present — reflect on 2017 graduating class

    Snowy weather may have changed plans for Columbine High School graduates, but it certainly did not deter the celebration.

    Originally scheduled for Thursday morning outdoors at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the graduation instead was held Sunday afternoon at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena.

    A new date, time and location required flexibility and patience, and in some ways, served as a wakeup call for the class of 2017.

  • A community treasure

    Nestled in the foothills of Littleton among craggy red rock formations and grassy fields sits one of Colorado’s 42 state parks.

    Roxborough State Park, which this year celebrates 30 years, is treasured by community members for its proximity and its ability to provide an escape from the chaos of everyday life. For staff, volunteers and residents of Littleton, Ken Caryl and beyond, the park is a gift.

  • Family of South Jeffco man raising funds for crime nonprofit

    Shocked.

    That’s likely the only word to describe the way Jessica Stewart felt when she found out her brother-in-law, Samuel Addison Stewart, had been killed.

    “You just don’t expect it. Ever,” she said. “You can’t prepare for death anyway but to hear somebody was murdered. I mean, what do you do with that? You go into complete, utter shock.”

    But her family’s pain provided an opportunity to create positivity.

  • ‘Be courageous’

    Three burning dumpsters symbolized the final fires West Metro Fire Rescue academy members would face — as recruits, that is.

    Nine recruits — six from West Metro Fire Rescue and three from Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District — last week wrapped up their five-month fire academy with final training exercises and a Friday evening graduation ceremony for family, friends and fire department staff members.

  • Jeffco school board majority files for re-election

    Three members of the Jeffco school board are running for re-election.

    Board President Ron Mitchell, along with vice president Susan Harmon and treasurer Brad Rupert filed their intent to seek re-election with the Colorado Secretary of State earlier this week.

  • Annual Citizens’ Academy ‘connects’ the community with Sheriff’s Office

    After 10 weeks of learning about SWAT, K-9, forensics and patrol units, among others, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office graduated 25 Jeffco residents from its 24th annual Citizens’ Academy on May 17.

    The academy, which kicked off in March, allowed participants to learn about the various departments within the Sheriff’s Office, including their duties, training, resources and protocols.

  • A life of loyalty

    George Lockwood has lived a life of loyalty — to his country, the Air Force and his family.

    Lockwood, 94, is a World War II veteran who frequents the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen twice a week, and he recently talked about his time in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic on Guam, his life since the war and his family.

    “If there was another world war, I’d do the same thing: Go back in the Air Force,” he said while sitting in a meeting room at the SRC.

  • Second arrest made in Maplewood Drive homicide

    A second arrest has been made in connection with a May 1 homicide in a South Jeffco neighborhood.

    Kenneth Crise, 55, was arrested Thursday by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Addison Stewart, 26. Crise was taken into custody by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force in the area of Interstate 25 and Dry Creek Road, where he had been staying in a hotel. Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, declined to specify the name of the hotel in the Centennial area where Crise had been staying.