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  • 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. 

  • Dulcimer Festival hammers out musical connections

    The melodic sound of the hammered dulcimer echoes through the halls of St. James Presbyterian Church, floating toward the sanctuary to combine with the gentle strum of the mountain dulcimer.

    Though the two instruments technically have no relation outside of a shared name, both were celebrated at the 14th annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival. The event originated in Fort Collins but has since moved to Littleton.

  • Fun City demolition wraps up; health center construction begins

    A project three years in the making soon will come to fruition in South Jeffco as demolition of the former Fun City building wraps up and construction of a health center begins.

    Called the West Littleton Neighborhood Health Center, the $30 million project at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Kipling Street is expected to be completed in April 2018. It will be managed by Centura Health and the Larkin Group.

  • Breast cancer survivor teaching her sons to ‘stand up for something you believe in’

    A thick scar lines Tracey Randolph’s waistline, and two more adorn her breasts.

    The scars are forever a part of her, and Randolph isn’t afraid to show them.

    For the 44-year-old, the scars have come to represent much more than a victory over breast cancer. They serve as a constant reminder of her goal to spread awareness about the disease, her desire to maintain a positive outlook on life, and her fight for justice.

    A devastating diagnosis

  • Trainees fight fire with knowledge, hands-on experience

    The first snowy day in weeks did not dampen the training blaze at the West Metro Fire training center last Thursday.

    Six West Metro recruits, three Tri-Lakes Monument Fire recruits and 40 or more Red Rocks Community College fire science students received a lesson in fire behavior as three small buildings burned.

  • McMinimee's demotion a 'mutual decision'

    Dan McMinimee's early departure from his position as Jeffco schools superintendent last week was ultimately the result of discussions he had with the school board almost three weeks ago. 

    According to board President Ron Mitchell, McMinimee approached the board in mid-February about possibly moving into a different role for the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30. 

  • Memo from Jeffco school board lists Stevenson as superintendent

    A memo dated Feb. 23 on Jeffco school board stationery lists ex-superintendent Cindy Stevenson as the district’s current leader — but the district’s spokeswoman denied that the former longtime superintendent is poised to return.

  • Young Life to host annual wine-tasting fund-raiser

    South Jeffco Young Life will host its annual wine-tasting and auction fund-raiser on Saturday, March 4.

    The event will feature a live and silent auction, wine and beer tastings with cheese pairings, light appetizers and a dessert bar.

    Proceeds benefit Young Life programs and help the organization’s operating budget, said Kristen Schoon, a member of the fund-raising committee.

    She says the organization makes “a great impact” for kids across South Jeffco.

  • Foothills Theatre Company prepping for family-friendly ‘Black Comedy’

    Foothills Theatre Company next month begins a new season of family-friendly performances in Jefferson County with “Black Comedy,” a fun and farcical production by renowned playwright Peter Shaffer.

    Directed by Christina Leet, “Black Comedy” is scheduled for a five-show run March 3-11 at the Black Box Theatre at The Ridge Recreation Center, 6612 S. Ward St. Tickets are on sale now.