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  • Holiday celebration at Chatfield Farms looks different

    The Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms has been a longstanding tradition, but this year those looking for a bit of holiday cheer in South Jeffco can expect something new.
    While the event, now called Santa’s Village, includes many of the popular lights from years past, it also has new, indoor interactive activities themed around the North Pole and Santa.
    “We wanted to switch it up, try something new,” said Erin Bird, communications manager with Denver Botanic Gardens.

  • Morrison takes one final look at its 2018 budget

    Morrison took a final look last week at its 2018 budget, a spending plan that continues to rely heavily on sales tax revenue and court fines.

  • Crider sentenced to 39 years

    The man who robbed five Colorado banks, including three in South Jeffco, was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison.

    Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at two banks on West Bowles Avenue, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan. 6. He was charged with 12 felony counts of aggravated robbery, robbery and theft.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Crider was a suspect in the following robberies:

  • No Name Grill jam-packed for annual Thanksgiving Eve turkey bowling competition and fund-raiser

    ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving at the grill with No Name

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  • Jeffco library executive director announces plans to retire

    Jeffco Public Library’s executive director has announced plans to retire in summer 2018.

    Pam Nissler, who has been with JCPL since 2009 and was named executive director in 2012, spoke of her plans to retire next August at the Nov. 16 Library Board of Trustees meeting.

    “I will stay engaged until I leave,” Nissler said on Nov. 21. “It was a hard decision to leave. It’s a wonderful job; I’ve enjoyed it a great deal. It’s the right time and the right thing to do.”

  • Former human services worker pleads not guilty

    A former Jefferson County Human Services worker pleaded not guilty Monday morning to 22 counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery.

    Richelle Schultz, 53, has been accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. She was indicted by a Jeffco grand jury in September and will return to court on Dec. 11 for a pre-trial conference.

  • Annual farolito lighting and pinecone ceremony welcomes a new holiday season

    With a fiery sunset blazing in the sky, dozens of farolitos flickered on, shining a light on the adobe walls of The Fort in Morrison and marking the beginning of another holiday season.

    Held annually on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the farolito lighting and pinecone ceremony serves as a kickoff to holiday festivities. The lights will illuminate The Fort throughout the holiday season.

    “It’s an evening to celebrate and usher in the holiday season,” Brooke Traylor, director of the Tesoro Cultural Center, said.

  • Proposed Jeffco arts magnet school gets pushback from school board

    A proposal for a dedicated arts school in Jefferson County received significant pushback from the Jeffco school board earlier this month after board members felt it not only lacked enough community input, but would also be an irresponsible use of current resources.

  • Jeffco exploring later school start times district-wide

    After more than a year of conversations with parents and community members in Evergreen, Jeffco Public Schools is considering moving back school start times — both at mountain area schools and across the rest of the school district.

    According to achievement director Dan Cohan, the district first began exploring later school start times in April 2016 after Evergreen High School changed its bell schedule to eliminate block scheduling two days a week.

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