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  • Participating Jeffco agencies consolidate dispatch

    After seven years of conversation, including five years of planning, law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Jeffco are officially dispatching through one consolidated dispatch center — Jeffcom 911 — housed at West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The final participating agencies went live last week, including Evergreen Fire/Rescue and other mountain fire districts.

    Formally called the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, the center provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14.

  • WJMS orchestra instructor awarded Teacher of the Year

    Laura Garrison was conducting her orchestra students Friday morning, as usual, when the classroom door opened and her parents and children walked into the room.

    They were followed by a few of Garrison’s friends, West Jefferson Middle School parents and school staff members — many of whom were carrying flowers or balloons.

    Garrison stopped conducting, befuddled at what was going on. Her 30-plus students were also confused, asking, “What’s happening?” and “Ms. Garrison, what did you do?”

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.

  • Venue Theatre’s youngest actors look at the animal kingdom, environment

    Young thespians will take to the Venue Theatre stage April 20-22 to show off their acting and singing skills.

    Kindergartners through second-graders will perform a 20-minute show called “Big Beautiful Planet,” a compilation of songs by Raffi that talk about the importance of protecting the planet.

    That will be followed by “Lion King Jr.,” based on the 1994 movie about a lion cub named Simba and his adventures with lioness Nala, meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa.

  • BIZBEAT: Page Turner in Aspen Park is an open book(store)

    Conifer’s used bookstore has gotten a makeover.

    Mountain Books in Aspen Park, which for more than 20 years had been known for being stuffed with every book imaginable, is now Page Turner Bookstore.

    Not only does the store have a really cool name — though no one named Page works there — it’s bright and airy, with books lining shelves on one side of the store. On the other side is a coffee bar, which will have its grand opening on April 28. The coffee and tea will come from the Bean and the Leaf, which is above the bookstore.

  • Family, community and pets alike honor longtime Evergreen veterinarian

    More than 150 people and nearly as many dogs turned out Sunday afternoon to honor Terry Stephen, a longtime Evergreen veterinarian who died of cancer on March 27 at the age of 66.

    Before they took to the trail around the Buchanan Ponds, they stopped to share some stories — and some tears — about a man they called compassionate to both animals and humans.

  • Students target gun reform with voter registration push

    Last month, hundreds of Jeffco students walked out of their classrooms in hopes of sending a message to lawmakers about gun violence in schools. Ten days later, they joined millions across the country in “March for Our Lives” demonstrations on March 24 that, again, were aimed at sending a message to politicians. Now the kids are sending another message to legislators: Do something about gun reform or we’ll vote you out of office.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Graceless embrace

  • Elk Creek Fire cancels election

    The Elk Creek Fire Protection District has canceled its May 8 board of directors election due to a lack of candidates.
    According to Jayne Bales, district administrator, while two seats were up for election — those currently occupied by Mike Rogers and Len Wisneski — only one candidate self-nominated by the deadline. As a result, the fire district canceled the election and the board will appoint someone in May to fill the other vacant seat.
    Rogers and Wisneski will both exit the fire board later this year due to term limits.

  • Platte Canyon High to launch computer science program

    Students at Platte Canyon High School will have the opportunity to study computer science next year when a semester-long program debuts on a pilot basis.