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  • Inter-Canyon approves purchase of new truck

    The Inter-Canyon Fire board approved the purchase of a $276,000 tactical tender truck during its May 31 meeting.

    “Within our district, we have only two small areas that have hydrants, and so that means that in the majority of our fires, we have to use water tenders to truck that water in,” said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for the fire protection district.

    Tenders typically carry 2,400 gallons of water, while the average home would take 30,000 gallons of water to put out when fully involved, Hatlestad said.

  • Camp Ember teaches girls interested in fire service

    As a young girl living in Florida, Maddison Vurnam remembers when a child went missing in her neighborhood.

    The local fire department stayed out all night searching without taking breaks. It was this experience that inspired Vurnam, a 17-year-old home-school student from Arvada, to work someday in the fire service. When she heard about Camp Ember, a four-day immersive fire-based camp for girls, she knew she wanted to participate.

  • Indian Market and Powwow returns to The Fort

    As the warm June sun beat down on the grounds of The Fort in Morrison, several men put on regalia embellished with beads, bells, eagle feathers and many colors.

    Soon, they would gather for the grand entry at the Tesoro Cultural Center’s 18th annual Indian Market and Powwow, but not before taking a moment to appreciate their culture.

  • Morrison unanimously approves rezoning of Red Rocks Ranch

    After nearly two months of public hearings and discussion, the Morrison Town Board on May 31 unanimously approved rezoning Red Rocks Ranch and subsequently voted to disconnect the property from within its jurisdiction.

    The decision marks a big win for many Morrison residents who see the disconnection as a means of upholding the town’s longtime goal to “Keep Morrison, Morrison.” Furthermore, several Morrison board members said they are relieved to complete the process, citing sleepless nights due to a tough decision.

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions implemented in Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has enacted temporary stage 1 fire restrictions for all lands in Jefferson County, effective 6 p.m. June 5 due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.”

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions implemented in Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office has enacted temporary stage 1 fire restrictions for all lands in Jefferson County, effective 6 p.m. June 5 due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.”

  • Mom, former boyfriend sentenced to prison for abusing 2-year-old

     In the four months of 2017 when Joshua Gonzales interacted with the 2-year-old daughter of his former girlfriend, the child endured physical abuse unlike any Denver health professional had seen before.   

    Because of this, Gonzales, 22, will spend 32 years in prison. He was sentenced Thursday afternoon, a little over a month after a Jeffco jury found him guilty of one class-3 felony charge of child abuse with serious bodily injury. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Time to mauve on

  • Compensation takes precedence in Jeffco Schools $991M budget

    Following a lengthy planning process, Jeffco Public Schools is moving forward with a proposed $991 million budget that highlights pay increases for educators, continuation of student-based budgeting dollars at all of the district’s 157 schools and dozens of budget requests recommended by the district’s cabinet for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

  • Chatfield alum collecting meds, supplies

    A 2013 Chatfield Senior High School graduate is collecting over-the-counter children’s medicines for an upcoming mission trip in Uganda.

    Kristin Cover, who graduated in 2017 from the University of Colorado in Boulder, will be returning to Kirugu, Uganda, to work at a nursing clinic, which she helped organize and create last summer at the Rays of Grace Primary School.

    Items needed include:

    • Children’s pain relievers — preferably chewable.

    • Children’s cold and flu medicine — preferable chewable.