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Today's News

  • Nine West Metro firefighters battling California blazes

    Nine firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue are in California as part of a national effort to battle several massive wildfires in that state.

    The firefighters have been in California for about two weeks and are stationed at several major wildfires. The group includes a five-man strike team and a fire engine from West Metro Fire Station 9, located at C-470 and Morrison Road, that are working the Mad River Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue seeks input from residents

    West Metro Fire Rescue is hosting a series of community meetings this month to help shape the organization’s 2016 strategic plan and to hear how residents are reacting to cuts made this year after a failed mill-levy election.

    The meetings throughout West Metro Fire’s coverage area will give the organization a chance to connect with residents outside of everyday operations, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • County observes National Breastfeeding Month

    Jefferson County is observing National Breastfeeding Month in August by making sure working mothers know their rights and that employers know what steps they should take to accommodate their employees.

    On Aug. 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of breastfeeding; the rights of new mothers who are back at work; and the benefits to businesses that accommodate new mothers.

  • Littleton Fire Rescue to take over coverage of TrailMark neighborhood

    Littleton Fire Rescue will take over providing fire and emergency medical services to the TrailMark at Chatfield neighborhood from the West Metro Fire District in 2016.

    TrailMark is part of Littleton and is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard southwest of Chatfield Reservoir. The area had been covered by Littleton Fire Rescue until 2013, when the city contracted with West Metro Fire for $300,000 annually to cover the neighborhood.

  • Apartment fire displaces 14 families

    A fire Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex near Southwest Plaza mall displaced 14 families and sent one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

    The fire at The Dakota at Governor’s Ranch apartments, 9023 W. Cross Drive, started on a second-floor balcony in one of the complex’s buildings, said West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting. 

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Teachers voting on contract this week

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union were expected to finish voting on the newly reworked contract with Jeffco Public Schools on Wednesday.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and planned to have a final result by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to JCEA spokesman Scott Kwasny. (Visit HighTimberTimes.com for the results.)

    If JCEA members ratify the agreement with a simple majority, the school board then will vote on it Thursday.

  • Dakota Ridge girls have high hopes for the 2015 season

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    High expectations are a way of life for Dakota Ridge’s cross country teams, which have excelled for the past decade-plus under the head coaching of first Mike Callor and, since 2012, Mark Stenbeck, an assistant under Callor beginning in 2006.
    Stenbeck expects more of the same for 2015, especially from the girls team, whose top runner in 2014 missed qualifying for state as the Lady Eagles finished 16th.