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Local News

  • Jeffco school district set to hire new communications director

    The Jeffco school board is set to vote Thursday on a new chief communications officer for the district, a position that has been vacant since June.

    The board will vote whether to hire candidate Diana Wilson, a Lakewood resident whose background includes nearly eight years as a spokeswoman for the Westminster Fire Department and a stint serving on Lakewood’s City Council.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

     The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Morrison ranked among Colorado’s safest cities

    MORRISON — Police Chief Rudy Sandoval was pleasantly surprised and mildly competitive upon hearing his town was recently ranked among the 10 safest cities in Colorado.

    “That’s good news,” Sandoval said. “Who beat us?”

    While Lakeside finished first, followed by Black Hawk and then Campo, Morrison finished fourth based on most police officers per capita. The recent report from ConsumerAffairs.com relied on FBI and Census Bureau data.

  • Community hospital to open in May in South Jeffco

    A two-story community hospital under construction at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue is scheduled to open in mid-May, said Brian Newsome, SCL Health spokesman.

    A joint venture between SCL Health and Emerus Holdings Inc., SCL Health Community Hospital will offer many services found at a larger facility, but on a smaller scale, Newsome said. An emergency department, surgery, in-patient beds and laboratory and imaging diagnostics are among planned services.

  • Open Space committee recommends $3 million grant for Clement Park upgrades

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended $3 million in grant funding to help pay for improvements to Clement Park, plus another $2.3 million for other projects in county parks.

  • Jeffco Open Space establishes guidelines for climbers at parks

    From North Table Mountain Park in Golden to Cathedral Spires Park in Pine, growing numbers of climbers scale high rocky outcrops using fixed hardware. Jeffco Open Space staff has developed rules and regulations to minimize climbing’s impacts on natural areas.

  • Jeffco Fair getting makeover with county management, funding

    This year’s Jefferson County Fair will feature traditional and new events reflecting the diversity of the county, says Dexter Foxworth, recently hired fairgrounds event coordinator.

    County management and funding have created the chance to make the annual fair in Golden a unique experience, a celebration of Jefferson County, Foxworth said.
    Last summer Jeffco’s county commissioners agreed to assume management of the fair, approving a budget of $300,000 to produce it.

  • Former CHS teacher hopes to open charter school

    A former Conifer High teacher is hoping to establish a Conifer-area charter school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Conifer resident Ashley Sportel said she plans to submit an application for Impact Academy — which she said would use some variation of the “expeditionary” learning model — to the Jeffco school district this year, with an eye toward opening in 2017.

  • Christmas tree drop-off sites available in Littleton

    The city of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are collecting and mulching Christmas trees now through Jan. 11.

    The Littleton collection site is in Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. The drop-off site is in the parking lot beside the soccer fields.

    South Suburban Parks is collecting trees at the Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St.

    Both sites are open every day during daylight hours.

  • This Santa really is airborne

    Gerald Folger’s career as “Santa’s helper” has taken him around the world and brought him into contact with thousands of children — but it also spelled trouble for his granddaughter.