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  • Jeffco schools receive prestigious honors

    Thirty-one Jeffco schools have been awarded prestigious education awards by the state, including the Colorado Department of Education’s John Irwin Award, which recognizes “excellent academic achievement” as measured on a three-year school performance framework, as well as the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, which is given to schools that demonstrate “exceptional student growth.”

  • School district to pay McMinimee $27,000 bonus

    Jeffco Public Schools will pay former superintendent Dan McMinimee $27,000 in additional performance pay when his contract expires later this year as part of an agreement approved last Thursday that formalizes his demotion from superintendent to an advisory role for the remainder of his contract.

  • West Metro crews contain early morning Ken-Caryl fire

    A 3-acre highway grass fire ignited early Saturday morning in Ken-Caryl Ranch, but the flames were fully contained within five hours.

    Around 1:30 a.m., a 911 caller reported visible flames near the Hogback at Ken-Caryl and C-470. Crews from West Metro Fire Rescue checked the highway and ultimately discovered the blaze on the west side of the Hogback.

    Firefighters attacked the flames for several hours, controlling the fire by 3 a.m. but remaining on scene until 5 a.m., according to information from 5280 Fire’s social media account.

  • Area senior citizens get lessons in firearms safety

    Seniors from Jefferson and Gilpin counties received a lesson in gun safety last week.

    The session was a part of the district attorney’s Triad program, a partnership among those in the criminal justice system, community groups and volunteer senior citizens designed to prevent the victimization of older adults while providing with them with law enforcement services.

    George Mumma, a senior investigator with the Jeffco DA’s office, shared information about various types of guns and rehashed Colorado’s gun laws to a filled conference room.

  • Springing into the new season

    There were flips, cartwheels and splits aplenty on March 1 at Leawood Elementary as students in the school’s gymnastics program performed for their classmates, teachers and families.

    The gymnastics program is longstanding at the school, but the 2017 season did bring one change: the addition of a new spring floor.

    Donated by Columbine High School earlier this year, the floor provides an additional tool for the students, and it helps the elementary school stand out.

  • Firefighters discuss suspicious fires with Green Mountain residents

    Last week, West Metro Fire officials met with about 100 people at Green Mountain United Methodist Church to tell them they are still investigating a string of seven suspicious fires but have not yet determined a cause or identified a suspect.

  • Inter-Canyon fire truck damaged while responding to wildland fire

    An Inter-Canyon Fire Department fire truck was damaged last week when it slid off an icy road while on a call.

    About 8 p.m. Feb. 28, firefighters responded to a wildland fire call on McKinney Road off South Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad said the driver parked Engine 631 when he arrived. The truck at some point then slid backward about 100 yards on the snowy road and into the creek bed.

    The driver, whose name was not released, sustained no injures, but there was damage to the body and undercarriage of the fire engine.

  • Jeffco fire restrictions upgraded to stage 2

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has enacted a stage 2 fire ban because of dry, windy conditions.

    This ban, which is more stringent than the stage 1 ban in place since mid-February, prohibits the following:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

    • Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

  • Man gets 12 years in firearms incident involving two Jeffco deputies

    A fleeing suspect who threatened two law officers with a gun in South Jeffco, then was shot, in December 2015 was sentenced last Thursday to a total of 12 years in prison.

    Michael Manaois, 39, pleaded guilty to felony charges of menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and second-degree assault of a peace officer, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Parents complain of bullying at Westridge Elementary

    The families of several students at Westridge Elementary in South Jeffco are alleging that school administrators have failed to adequately address a bullying problem in the third grade gifted-and-talented class, including physical incidents that were later reported to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.