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  • Nostalgic songs bring smiles to Willowbrook Place residents

    Smiles lit up Willowbrook Place last week when Josh Brookstein played classic tunes by John Denver, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.

    The joy in the room was palpable as Willowbrook residents, all of whom have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, sat enthralled, tapping their toes, bobbing their heads and singing along.

    “… The power of music is amazing,” said Brookstein, a Broomfield resident who performs at the South Jeffco memory care facility twice a month.

  • Ex-inmate sues county, Correct Care claiming lack of medical attention

    A former Jeffco jail inmate is suing Jefferson County, the Sheriff’s Office and the jail’s medical provider, Correct Care Solutions LLC, over stomach ulcers he developed because of an alleged lack of medical attention.

  • Former medical director at jail sues Correct Care over 2014 firing

    A former medical director at the Jeffco jail is suing his former employer, Correct Care Solutions LLC, for wrongful termination after testifying in a 2014 case involving a past inmate who suffered a stroke while incarcerated.

    Dr. James Brill was first hired as the Jeffco jail’s medical director in September 2011 and was an employee of Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company contracted to provide medical services to inmates.

  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that would have allowed auto dealerships, hotels and retail on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • Attempted break-in reported at South Jeffco gun shop

    Burglars attempted to enter a South Jeffco guns and ammunition store about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but nothing was stolen.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was notified of an alarm at Denver Guns and Ammo early Thursday. By the time deputies arrived at the store, at 8250 W. Coal Mine Ave., the perpetrators had fled.

    The perpetrators allegedly attempted to break in to the store by smashing two windows, but they apparently were unsuccessful.

  • Red Rocks getting tuned up for upcoming season

    As it enters its 76th year, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre prepares for a 2017 lineup filled with concerts, exercise programs, movies and more.

    The venue does not promote its shows and has yet to release a full lineup for the upcoming season, but Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts and Venues, said Red Rocks is excited about what has been announced thus far.

    “We are really proud of the work that was done last year, (and we are) proud of the way things are shaping up for 2017,” Bishop said.

  • Lockheed Martin will build spacecraft for mission to study primordial asteroids

    Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for a NASA mission to study asteroids near Jupiter.

    One of NASA’s two new Discovery Program missions, the Lucy spacecraft will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun in tandem with the gas giant. Lucy will launch in 2021 to study six individual asteroids, according to a Lockheed Martin news release.