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  • Reach, row, throw, go

    As the weather warms, many hit the water for rafting, tubing and fun in the sun.

    But for first responders, the summertime means something a bit different — an increased likelihood for a swift water rescue. To prepare, staff at West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue, Denver Fire Department and Westminster Fire Department gathered at Clear Creek in early June for a swift water rescue training course.

    Q: Can you explain the purpose of this training? I know it was a multi-day course.

  • Houses linked to Deer Creek Golf Club project

    More than 100 single-family homes may soon line a portion of Deer Creek Golf Club in South Jeffco.

    Following a hearing originally held May 3 but continued on June 14, the Jefferson County Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend approval of a rezoning request.

  • Area artist uses Makers Marketplace at SW Plaza to sell her pottery

    When Susan Mikkelson walks into the dollar store, the employees don’t have to ask if she needs assistance. They know she is headed straight for the inexpensive glassware.

    The Littleton resident might not be a frequent dinner party host or a glassware collector, but instead, she is a potter who enjoys smashing glassware into tiny shards and incorporating it into her art.

    “That’s why they think I’m crazy at the dollar store,” Mikkelson said with a smile.

  • Rupert seeks voters help to be re-elected

    In 2015, Brad Rupert announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board after three board members — John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams — were targeted for recall by community members who felt they lacked accountability, transparency and general respect for the community they were elected to serve. Running on a platform of outcome-focused decision-making and with a desire to rebuild trust in the community, Rupert was ultimately elected treasurer of the board and replaced Williams.

  • Superintendent search process encouraged Harmon to run for re-election

    Two years ago, Susan Harmon was one of 12 people vying for a spot on the Jeffco school board ahead of what would be a successful recall of three members of the then-school board. At the time, the University of Colorado graduate and family law attorney sought to rebuild trust between the district and the growing community it served, as well as address facilities issues within the district and improve the district’s relations with its teachers.

  • Biz briefs

    Outlaw Yoga returns to Bega Park

    For the second year, Outlaw Yoga will host a summer live music and charity yoga series in Littleton’s Bega Park.

    Taught by Outlaw Yoga instructors, the classes feature music by local musicians Seth Larson, KenK and Marco Di Ferreira and will be held June 18, July 16 and Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

  • Arraignment set for man accused of starting North Turkey Creek Fire

    An arraignment has been set for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before a county judge for a June 7 disposition hearing, and the case was bound over to district court, according to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

  • Garden provides food for needy, solace for volunteers

    On a warm, sunny day in early June, volunteers gather at the Chatfield Community Garden to weed, water, plant and prepare the soil for the upcoming season.

    An array of colorful flowers in shades of orange, pink, purple and yellow greet visitors as they enter the dirt-lined paths.

    The garden, which just entered its seventh year, is a Denver Urban Gardens affiliate, and it is housed at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in South Jeffco — but it’s open to all.

  • Interim principal at D’Evelyn High School ready for the challenge

    Change — both personally and professionally — has come quickly for Josh Griffin.

    In the span of just a few years, he’s gotten married, he and his wife have a baby daughter, and he has shifted from being a history teacher to assistant principal to interim principal at D’Evelyn High School.

    When former principal Anthony Edwards left mid-year, the school’s steering committee brought Griffin on as a temporary fill. He then was asked to stay for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Getting a glimpse: Camp Ember offers teenage girls a look at fire service

    If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.

    As a female firefighter, Rachel Kohler knows this struggle firsthand. And because of it, the 16-year West Metro Fire Rescue firefighter worked with Red Rocks Community College and the Arvada Fire Department to host the inaugural Camp Ember, a four-day immersive fire-based camp for girls.