http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Leawood pupils celebrate peace with pinwheels http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/leawood-pupils-celebrate-peace-pinwheels <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-pinwheelforpeace02-cb-092816.jpg" alt="Third-grader Sydney Patik, 8, sticks her pin wheel into the ground during a celebration of international Peace Day by creating and sharing their pin wheels at Leawood Elementary School Wednesday, Sept. 21." title="Third-grader Sydney Patik, 8, sticks her pin wheel into the ground during a celebration of international Peace Day by creating and sharing their pin wheels at Leawood Elementary School Wednesday, Sept. 21." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> As the wind blew across the lawn of Leawood Elementary, tiny wheels started spinning. Even while in motion, it was easy to make out peace signs, hearts, stars, musical notes, rainbows and letters colored onto their vanes.</p> <p> More than 400 of these bright, dazzling pinwheels had been planted on the lawn, all in the name of peace.</p> <p> Leawood students celebrated International Peace Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21, by creating and sharing their pinwheels.</p> Jeffco school board endorses group’s goal to scrap PARCC exam http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-school-board-endorses-group%E2%80%99s-goal-scrap-parcc-exam <p> The Jeffco school board agreed last Thursday to support some controversial resolutions by the Colorado Association of School Boards, including one in favor of scrapping the PARCC student-assessment exam.</p> <p> At a study session, school board members discussed 18 proposed resolutions that will affect CASB&rsquo;s advocacy agenda during the 2017 legislative session. Another resolution that spurred controversy would advocate repeal of the state law that holds school districts liable in any school shooting or act of violence.</p> <p> <strong>Division over PARCC exam</strong></p> Candidates in District 2 commission race discuss issues facing Jeffco http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/candidates-district-2-commission-race-discuss-issues-facing-jeffco <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mugs.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">With the November election just six weeks away, last week the two candidates in the District 2 county commission race shared similar views about the challenges facing the county, including sensible economic development, ensuring county employee wages remain competitive, and addressing population growth without sacrificing open space.&nbsp;</span></p> County still seeking location for public shooting range http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/county-still-seeking-location-public-shooting-range <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.</span></p> A hot time at the Fire Muster http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/hot-time-fire-muster <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-westmetrofiremuster01-ds-092816.jpg" alt="Graem, left, and Sawyer Hoskins of Littleton pose for their grandmother at last Saturday’s Family Fire Muster hosted by West Metro Fire Rescue. " title="Graem, left, and Sawyer Hoskins of Littleton pose for their grandmother at last Saturday’s Family Fire Muster hosted by West Metro Fire Rescue. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Flames lit up the eyes of the children who stood captivated, watching black smoke fill the air.</p> <p> But despite the fire and the smoke, this is not a story of destruction. Rather, it is the story of educational fun at the West Metro Fire Rescue Training Center, which hosted its 22nd annual Family Fire Muster on Saturday.</p> <p> The event allows attendees to learn proper fire safety techniques, dress as firefighters, participate in the junior firefighter challenge, and check out the inside of the department&rsquo;s fire trucks.</p> Event blending bluegrass, owls is a hoot http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/event-blending-bluegrass-owls-hoot <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-hootenanny02-cb-092816.jpg" alt="Bear Brannon, 5, smiles with his grandmother Blye McSweeney, left, and great aunt Sally Petrone, right, during the owl show at the the sixth annual HOOTenanny Owl and Bluegrass Festival at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield last Saturday." title="Bear Brannon, 5, smiles with his grandmother Blye McSweeney, left, and great aunt Sally Petrone, right, during the owl show at the the sixth annual HOOTenanny Owl and Bluegrass Festival at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield last Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Deanna Curtis loves birds.</p> <p> All birds, really. It&rsquo;s tough for her to pick just one favorite.</p> <p> &ldquo;The barn owl&rsquo;s my favorite owl. The red-tailed hawk&rsquo;s my favorite hawk. The golden eagle&rsquo;s my favorite eagle,&rdquo; Curtis said, laughing. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s too hard to narrow it down to one favorite.&rdquo;</p> SHERIFF'S CALLS http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sheriffs-calls-152 <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">Funny business</strong></p> Sun shines on Summerset http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sun-shines-summerset <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/new-summerset09-cw-092116.jpg" alt="Gymnasts from Jet Kids Gymnastics display their skills at the annual Summerset Festival." title="Gymnasts from Jet Kids Gymnastics display their skills at the annual Summerset Festival." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Sunday&rsquo;s blazing sunshine and warm temperatures provided the perfect sendoff to summer as people strolled through Clement Park during the 32nd annual Summerset Festival.</span></p> <p> Thousands made their way to Clement Park over the weekend to enjoy the music, games, animal- and children-oriented events, and other activities.</p>