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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Colorow hosts first home and garden show

    To raise money for a water filtration system and added technology, Colorow Elementary School hosted its inaugural home and garden show fund-raiser last week.

    Twelve booths representing landscaping businesses, home cleaning services, deck builders and more lined the elementary school’s gymnasium, offering information about services and signing people up for quotes.

    The idea for the show came from Julie Taller, a Colorow parent and fund-raising chair for the school’s PTA.

  • 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. 

  • Hitting the High Notes

    Plain Faraday’s plan is pretty simple: just go with the flow.

    For the indie folk band from Littleton, it’s not so difficult to do. Recently, it wrapped up a recording project at The Spot, a studio in Lakewood. It has several shows slated in the upcoming months and a newly released single, “Porcelain Fine.”

    Life is good.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Liquor license approved for 2017 Revel Rockies

    In preparation for the 2017 Revel Rockies marathon, the Morrison town board approved a special event liquor permit for Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer, the beneficiary of the June race.

    Revel Rockies includes a half marathon, which begins in Evergreen and concludes at the downtown Morrison Park, and a marathon, which begins on Squaw Mountain and concludes in Morrison. It is one of four Revel races around the country, which seek to maximize the time runners spend running in canyons, forests, state or national parks and so forth.