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  • The long haul

    The story begins long before high school for Derek Valdez.

    The senior at Chatfield Senior High School, who turns 19 in a few days, has beaten cancer not once, not twice, but three times.

    He was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was about 5 years old. He fought it, beat it and was in remission for six years before the cancer returned when he was halfway through seventh grade. He beat that round too, and then, during his sophomore year at Chatfield, the doctors realized the leukemia had returned. This time, the cancer took a different form.

  • An everyday battle

    For Quinn Reynolds, it began in drama class.

    Quinn, 17, was a sophomore at Chatfield Senior High School, when a friend noticed her neck appeared to be swollen. When Quinn went to the doctor, he assumed it was tonsillitis.

    But antibiotics just did not seem to work, so Quinn returned to the hospital for a second time and was given a CAT scan.

    That’s when the doctors caught it.

    “They said, ‘I’m pretty sure you have lymphoma,’” Quinn said.

  • Search continues for suspects in 2016 burglary of S. Jeffco home

    A year-old burglary is still under investigation by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, and the department hopes a new call for information will lead to answers.

    In early April 2016, while the South Jeffco homeowners were on vacation, a burglar broke into a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court.

  • Changes coming for Summerset Festival

    Big changes are in store for this year’s Summerset Festival.

    After combating low attendance and financial struggles for several years, festival organizers decided to completely revamp the event.

    Once a multi-day summer sendoff, the festival now will be a one-day craft beer festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 16, at Clement Park. Event organizers say they hope the transformation will lead to a more focused event and attract a fresh crowd.

  • On a snowy day

    April showers may bring May flowers, but the scene at Sledding Hill Park in Ken Caryl on Saturday painted a much different picture.

    Just two days before May’s arrival, snow blanketed the park’s hill. People of all ages traveled to South Jeffco to play in it. Toting sleds and snowboards, families and friends trekked up the hill only to enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride down.

    It’s a tradition for many, and the Foothills Park and Recreation District park attracts a crowd from all over the metro-Denver area.

  • Jeffco school transformed into first responder training site

    Eighteen years after the shooting at Columbine High School forever changed the face of Colorado, there now exists a place where first responders, law enforcement and school principals can train and prepare for the worst.

    Two weeks ago, what used to be Martensen Elementary became the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety — a facility outfitted with a police simulator, smoke machines, remote-controlled strobe lights, a sound system and mock classrooms bearing all the trappings of student life.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office investigating Maplewood Drive death

    A death in a South Jeffco neighborhood is being investigated as a homicide by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The body of Samuel Addison Stewart, 26, was discovered Monday afternoon in a white Ford Explorer parked in the 11300 block of Maplewood Drive in Littleton.

    Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call noting a “suspicious car” parked on Maplewood Drive. The Ford Explorer was unfamiliar in the neighborhood and was first noticed by residents who became concerned when it did not move for several hours.

  • Jeffco names Glass as sole finalist for superintendent job

    Current Eagle County Schools superintendent Jason E. Glass has been named as the sole finalist for the Jeffco Public Schools' superintendent position.

    Voted on at a special meeting of the Jeffco school board Monday night, Glass was one of 11 candidates recommended by executive search firm Ray and Associates last month and one of six individuals interviewed over two days last week.

  • SUV crashes into garage of Morrison home

    An SUV smashed into the garage of a Morrison home Sunday night.
    Jessica Trujillo, 32, was driving the SUV at the time of the accident, according to Trooper Nate Reid with the Colorado State Patrol.
    “She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and taken to a detox facility and released to them,” Reid said.
    Nobody was injured in the crash.

  • Jeffco to allocate millions for middle school classrooms

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering reallocating more than $27 million from its reserves and 2016-17 underspend to build classroom additions at four middle schools that will be affected by the district’s decision to move sixth graders from elementary school to middle school.
    Discussed at Thursday’s school board meeting, the proposal calls for the school board to approve funding $27.5 million in capital construction projects at Creighton Middle School in Arvada, Drake and Dunstan middle schools in Lakewood, and Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton.