Today's News


    With apologies to Darwin

  • 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. 

  • Evergreen homeowner shoots two bear cubs

    An Evergreen homeowner shot two bear cubs early Tuesday in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive as they were trying to get into his trash. One cub died instantly; the other had to be put down.

    The live round also hit a window of a neighbor’s house across the street. No one was injured.

    The Sheriff’s Office was not releasing the name of the homeowner until the charges he faces could be determined.

  • Sports briefs

    Griebel, Rebels open in style, rout Fountain-Fort Carson
    — Mikey Griebel scored a pair of touchdowns and Matthew Starkey scampered 35 yards for a score as Columbine bounced back from a down 2014 season with a 34-7 road win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Aug. 28 at Guy R. Barickman Stadium.
    Columbine was an uncharacteristic 5-6 in 2014, yet still made it to the second round of the 5A playoffs. In the opener, the Rebels showed they learned from last year’s lackluster season.

  • 2015 gymnastics preview: Rebels’, Chargers’ numbers increasing

    A funny thing happens in the world of sports about 10 years or so after the USA takes home gold in a particular sport — high schools see an influx of well-trained athletes in that sport. Such is the case with gymnastics this year.
    “We have a huge team this year,” said Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez. “We went from 23 last year to 32 this year.”
    Chavez was anticipating this sizable growth of her team.