Today's News

  • Team trains to rescue firefighters during wildland fires

    Fighting California’s Rough Fire in 2015 inspired Capt. Brendan Finnegan to bring a rapid extraction module support team to West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The REMS team — launched through West Metro’s wildland and technical rescue teams — is specially trained and assigned to rescue firefighters injured during wildland fires. Finnegan, who is a wildland coordinator for West Metro, and another West Metro employee saw the benefit of such a team firsthand while assisting in California, the state where the program was originally developed.

  • Morrison differs from Lakewood on RR Ranch rezoning

    Morrison Town Board hosted a public hearing to discuss Red Rocks Ranch last Thursday, and it sounded quite a bit different than the Rooney Valley Commission hearings of weeks past.

  • 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.

  • Community joins together at Ken Caryl Veterans Monument to honor the fallen

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place, and in the sky,

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

    Scare heard amid the guns below. …

    As a crowd gathered under the warm sun at the Ken Caryl Veterans Monument on Monday morning, district manager Melissa Daruna took a moment to reflect on the poppy.

  • West Metro achieves highest ISO rating

    About 305 fire departments nationwide hold a Class-1 ISO rating, and West Metro Fire Rescue is now one of them.

    Field representatives with the Insurance Services Office attended West Metro’s May 22 board meeting to congratulate the district and explain what the rating means for West Metro. It’s a gauge of a fire agency’s ability to serve its residents and business owners and is determined based on factors including staffing, apparatus, training, 911 communications and water supply.

  • Trio of Leawood Elementary teachers retiring

    Students, faculty, family and friends packed the Leawood Elementary School library on May 22 to celebrate the retirement of three longtime employees.

    Music teacher Camille Sankey, teacher Lisa McClure and paraprofessional Cindy Morris are all saying goodbye to the South Jeffco elementary school they’ve called home for years.

    There was cake, flowers, gift bags, hugs and laughs galore. Each retiree will be missed greatly, but all three agree that the time has come.

    Camille Sankey

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Time to mauve on

  • Colorado primary a huge change for voters

    Your ballot for what is by almost any measure the most interesting primary election in Colorado history should have arrived in the mail recently.

    In 2018, both the Republican and Democratic parties will be choosing from four different candidates for governor on their primary ballots. It is possible, if not likely, that both parties will nominate candidates who receive support from less than half of their parties’ voters.

  • Parsing the silly season

    It is not bad enough that 70 percent of us are afflicted with “news fatigue,” but now we are solidly enmeshed in and totally bored with the “silly” season of politics fondly known as the primaries.

    While having a role in our election process, many would agree with me that things have gotten a bit out of hand. Certainly, the projection of campaign costs approaching $25 million should be a source of some concern.