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Today's News

  • Agencies collaborate during emergency response training exercise

    Two overturned cars. Four blood-covered people. Nine responding agencies.

    The scene on Saturday at Lair o’ the Bear Park on Highway 74 looked like a tragic car accident, but in reality, it was the scene of a joint emergency response training exercise hosted by Jeffco Open Space. This was the first coordinated training of this magnitude in the Jeffco foothills.

  • Chatfield Senior High celebrates diversity

    Last week, a large multi-colored “coexist” sign greeted those who came to Chatfield Senior High School.

    That’s because last Thursday the school, for the very first time, organized “Coexist Day,” a celebration dedicated to diversity, inclusion and coexistence.

    At the heart of the day was the idea that “our experiences and differences define who we are,” said David Hashemi, who works in Chatfield’s English department.  

  • Dog-friendly brewery in the works

    A new dog-friendly craft brewery has taken steps toward opening in South Jeffco.

    Coal Mine Ave. Brewing Company, to be located at 9719 W. Coal Mine Ave., met with the Jeffco Planning Commission last Wednesday, seeking approval for a rezoning that would add craft brewery as an allowed use and an off-leash area for dogs as an accessory use. After a nearly two-hour discussion, the motion passed with a vote of 6-1 to allow for the rezoning.

  • Bank robbery suspect enters not guilty plea

    A man pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to felony charges of aggravated robbery.

    Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at three South Jeffco banks, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan 6.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Crider is a suspect in the following robberies:

    • At a Bank of the West in the 800 block of East South Boulder Road in Louisville on Dec. 9.

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  • Foothills recruiting residents to meet

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is recruiting residents to help champion a mill levy increase that will be posed to voters on the November ballot.
    On Friday, Foothills sent an email to 500 district residents inviting them to participate in the first meeting of the Foothills Citizens Committee, which will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m., at the Ridge Recreation Center. The group will be tasked with disseminating information to district residents about the ballot measure, as well as explaining why the district is seeking additional public funds.

  • The healing continues: Jefferson County hosts 24th annual Courage Walk

    It’s often said that grief is a silent burden to carry.

    For some, the grief was a little less burdensome last Saturday during the 24th annual Courage Walk. The walk, which coincides with Crime Victims’ Rights Week, honors crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to violence.

    Victim advocates and other supporters joined crime victims, families and loved ones for a half-mile walk around the Jeffco Courthouse to the onsite Courage Garden, where a short service recognized crime victims across Jefferson County.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    School district purchases middle schoolers artwork

    A three-dimensional, fused glass sculpture created last year by Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders has been purchased by Jeffco Public Schools for display in the district’s superintendent’s office.

    Announced April 4, the purchase involves a piece of artwork titled, “Pentagonal Pangea,” and was created by students in art teacher Ann Simpson’s class and under the guidance of Evergreen artist David Cuin.

  • Jeffco superintendent candidates to be kept confidential

    Jeffco voters will likely have no further opportunities to provide input about Jeffco Public Schools’ search for a new superintendent after several candidates requested confidentiality during the hiring process.

    According to Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Weber, most of the candidates that have applied for the job have asked the district not to publicly disclose their names and professional backgrounds and the district wants to respect that.

  • Dakota Ridge survives OT scare

     By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge’s boys lacrosse team needed someone to step up in overtime Friday at Trailblazer Stadium.

    With the Eagles’ undefeated record on the line, senior midfielder Max Mowry scored in the first couple of minutes of overtime against Lakewood to give Dakota Ridge a 14-13 victory in the 5A Jeffco League game.