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  • SPECIAL SECTION: Confidence is key for female K-9 officer

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Krista Hanstrom loves helping people, and she also loves dogs.

    As the newest K-9 officer with the Littleton Police Department, the 28-year-old Littleton resident and three-year employee of the department is able to combine both of her passions.

  • SPECIAL SECTION: It’s a lifestyle for this female whitewater rafting guide

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    In the rushing waters of Clear Creek, Eva Lambert found a home.

  • SPECIAL SECTION: Female pilot changing the course of aviation

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Despite years in the aviation industry, Erika Armstrong still feels a thrill the moment a plane she is piloting breaks through the clouds and levels off.

    “It’s indescribable, right? … You get that feeling of speed going over the top of the clouds,” she said.

  • SPECIAL SECTION: Senior equipment operator pushing past the stereotypes

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Jennifer Espiritu is used to people telling her she doesn’t look like an equipment operator when they find out she drives a 45,000-pound motor grader for a living.

  • SPECIAL SECTION: West Metro firefighter combatting not just fires, but gender barrier

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Being a firefighter is about much more than putting out flames.

    Lakota Beckhorn, 32, knows this firsthand.

  • New device aids W. Metro paramedics with CPR

    A new device obtained by West Metro Fire Rescue aims to assist first responders in giving CPR to patients.

    Called the Lucas device, the portable machine has been around since 2003 and is used to treat sudden cardiac arrest patients. It acts as a second pair of hands and can administer chest compressions on its own. This saves time and energy for paramedics and EMTs, allowing them to focus on other life-saving procedures during medical calls.

  • Suspect in string of S. Jeffco robberies pleads not guilty

    The man accused of robbing several South Jeffco businesses in December pleaded not guilty Monday morning to charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and menacing.

  • Lakewood child abuse suspect pleads guilty

    A Lakewood woman pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to one class-4 felony charge of child abuse with serious bodily injury.

    Melissa Mangeri, 28, was arrested in October in connection with the assault of her then-2-year-old daughter. According to the arrest affidavit, Mangeri was present during one or more of the assaults on her daughter and failed to seek assistance. This placed the child “in a situation that posed a threat of injury or death.”

  • Overlay district moving forward in Morrison

    A plan to preserve Morrison’s quirky character has made its way through the planning commission and is scheduled to come before the town board in March.

    Now called the Old Town Historic Overlay District, the plan — if approved — would create rules and regulations that future businesses must adhere by in order to open in downtown Morrison. While current businesses would be grandfathered in, the rules would apply should they wish to make changes in the future.

  • Alternative Arts patrons support the shop’s manager in tattoo fundraiser

    Before Alternative Arts Tattoo officially opened its doors on Sunday, a line of people wrapped around the building, waiting patiently despite a persistent wind.

    Those in line were eager to add their name to the list during the South Jeffco tattoo shop’s first-come, first-serve tattoo fundraiser. During the event, Alternative Arts offered $50 and $100 pre-designed tattoos to customers, as well as $50 1x1 custom tattoos.