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  • Volunteers collaborate on Earth Day projects at Bear Creek Lake Park

    Nearly a week after Earth Day, volunteers gathered at Bear Creek Lake Park to take part in a series of volunteer projects.

    Last Saturday, one group cleared litter from the park grounds; another helped with stream bank and riparian restoration on the Bear Creek Greenbelt; yet another helped with cleanup and fire mitigation along Bear Creek; and a final worked at the visitors’ center, planting and doing trail work.

    The work is important, but perhaps particularly so for City of Lakewood Parks, a small department that relies heavily on volunteers.

  • Cap and gown bound: Dakota Ridge High School senior prepares for next steps

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    As Leslie Alvarez worked a challenging integral in the library of Dakota Ridge High School, her face lit up when she realized she knew the answer.

  • Recommendation on Red Rocks Ranch rezoning postponed — again

    Another long meeting led to another postponed recommendation on rezoning Red Rocks Ranch.

    The Rooney Valley Commission, made up of representatives from Lakewood and Morrison, opted to postpone its decision for a second time after more than four hours of public comment, questions and discussion on April 25. The commission will reconvene May 17 at Red Rocks Elementary to ask additional questions and make a recommendation on the rezoning.

  • Two candidates vying for West Metro’s District 3 board seat

    Although four seats are up for election on the West Metro Fire Rescue Board of Directors, just one is contested.

    Former legislator Mike Feeley is running against Joe Margotte for the open District 3 position.

    District 3 primarily covers Lakewood and Morrison and is bounded by Alameda Avenue on the north and Kipling Parkway on the east. This district extends a bit west of C-470 and a bit south of U.S. 285.

  • Young minds at work: Thousands attend Lockheed Martin’s annual event

    Thousands of kids invaded Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus April 26 for Young Minds At Work, the company’s version of “Take Your Kids to Work” day.

    With more than 40 activities to choose from, including augmented reality demonstrations, edible satellites and an Orion flight simulator, there was no shortage of fun to be had. And on a campus that is generally closed to the public, employees enjoyed the chance to show their kids where they work and what they do.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding at the Capitol

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.

    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Saturday morning accident

    A 23-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday morning after being ejected from his bike on U.S. 285 near Raven Gulch Road in Morrison.

    According to Colorado State Patrol, Emanuel Munoz-Tobon of Englewood was driving southbound on a 2010 Harley Davidson when he changed lanes and began to skid onto the roadway.

    “The rider was essentially ejected from the bike itself, ended up sliding into the dirt shoulder and colliding with a street sign,” said CSP Trooper Josh Lewis.

    Munoz-Tobon was declared dead on scene.

  • West Metro investigating fires

    Four early Saturday morning fires that killed six horses are being investigated by West Metro Fire Rescue.

    Three of the fires occurred within a block of each other, while the fourth burned about 1.5 miles away. 

    Of the four suspicious fires, two were dumpster fires, one a barn fire and another a tire fire, according to information from West Metro.

  • Lemarinel sentenced to life plus 12 years in murder of Littleton man

     A Jefferson County judge sentenced Jordan Lemarinel to life in prison plus 12 years after a 12-member jury in early March found him guilty of murdering a 26-year-old Littleton man. 

  • Evergreen Newspapers honored by CPA, Top of the Rockies

     

    Evergreen Newspapers recently won 61 awards — 47 from the Colorado Press Association, including sweepstakes honors for photography and design for the Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant, and 14 more from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies contest.

    The Colorado Press Association awards banquet was held April 14 at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The Top of the Rockies awards ceremony was Friday night at the Denver Press Club.