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  • Pre-trial motions hearing continued for former Morrison officer

    The motions hearing has been continued in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, will return to court Monday for a pre-trial motions hearing, though there were talks of a plea deal in court on Thursday.

    Joiner, once second-in-command at the Morrison Police Department, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town between December 2010 and February 2016. He was indicted in July on 29 counts and pleaded not guilty in October.

  • Students in Chatfield’s special needs program provide stockings for troops

    For the 12th year, students in Chatfield Senior High School’s special needs program gathered to stuff stockings for American troops at home and abroad.

    Toiletries, candy, snacks and toys filled the red and green stockings as Chatfield students, veterans and other community members worked in an assembly line to load each with care.

    Decked out in Santa hats, reindeer antlers and festive Christmas sweaters, Chatfield students laughed together before the event officially kicked off last Thursday.

  • Jeffco approves 2018 budget

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners adopted the proposed 2018 budget in which the county’s expenditures are projected to outpace its revenue. However, the commissioners urged at the Dec. 5 meeting that this cannot be a continuing trend.
    In the 2018 budget, the county has estimated $432.2 million in revenues and $556.1 million in expenses.
    Thus, Jeffco staff has budgeted $101.4 million in intra-county transactions and will withdraw $22.5 million from the county’s fund balance to make up the difference.

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  • West Metro replaces board member

    West Metro Fire Rescue has appointed Wheat Ridge native Jerry Cassel to its board of directors to replace Kent Johnson, who resigned in October because he moved to Texas.

    Cassel will represent District 2 until the May 2018 election. District 2 covers a portion of Lakewood that is east of South Kipling Street, south of 6th Avenue and west of Sheridan Boulevard.

    Johnson had been on the board since November 2016 when West Metro Fire Rescue and Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District merged and entered into an intergovernmental agreement.

  • Friendly Hills reacts to community garden idea

    On Nov. 28, residents of Friendly Hills in Morrison came armed with questions about a community garden that may soon be coming to their neighborhood.

    If approved, the project — a joint effort between nonprofit organization Feeding Many Inc. and Foothills Park and Recreation District — would develop a garden and orchard in a plot of land at Weaver Creek Park on South Cole Street, adjacent to Kendallvue Elementary. Initial plans allow for the garden to serve as a resource for Kendallvue students and the surrounding communities.

  • Community coming together to help family after house fire

    A Sunday morning fire gutted a South Jeffco home, but within hours the community rallied together to help.

    Marie and Keith Hughes woke around 3:30 a.m. to a loud noise in the backyard of their house in the 5900 block of South Quail Way in Littleton.

    “As soon as I opened my eyes, I saw our bedroom window completely covered in flames just on the other side of the glass,” Marie wrote on the Word of Mouth Littleton Facebook page.

  • Rezoning proposal concerns community

    It doesn’t take long for Barbara Walker to detail why she moved from downtown Denver to the foothills of South Jefferson County.

    “We moved out of there to be in this mountain setting,” the native Coloradan said, “… to get away from the increasing urbanization and density of Denver.

    “It’s an incredible animal corridor.”

  • Eight-year-old Adrian Godeaux is giving back this season through a toy drive

    Adrian Godeaux remembers receiving a stuffed snake, his favorite of all the gifts given to him while he was a patient at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    And now that the 8-year-old Coronado Elementary student is healthy, he has decided to pay it forward and collect toys for other children who will spend the holidays in the hospital.

    “It inspired me and my friend Leo,” Adrian said. “We both got a lot of toys in the hospital, and I thought other kids deserved to get other toys.”