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  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • Network offers help, sense of community for homeless

    On one of the first official nights of winter, the frosty breath of a dozen people filled the air outside the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center in Lakewood.

    Bundled in winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats, they tote trash bags, rolling suitcases or large backpacks filled with extra clothes, shoes and other possessions.

  • Foothills weighing tax-hike question to address growing operational costs

    The Foothills Park & Rec District board met before Christmas to explore the possibility of presenting a property-tax increase to voters to address climbing operational costs.

    Asking Foothills residents for a bump in the mill levy has been on the minds of district officials since 2014, which was the year the district last asked voters to sign off on an increase of 4 mills. That initiative failed despite the fact that the district has not received additional property-tax revenue since 2000.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • 15-year-old friend charged with reckless manslaughter in teen's shooting

    The 14-year-old victim of a shooting on Dec. 23 at his home at the 11300 block of West Bowles Place died Monday, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Nathaniel Griego, a freshman at Dakota Ridge High School, was rushed to a hospital Friday after being shot by a 15-year-old friend, the Sheriff’s Office said. Griego, 14, lived with his grandparents.

  • ‘A new spin’ on indoor cycling

    Lights flash.

    Sweat pours.

    Music blares.

    Though it may sound like a description of a trendy nightclub in downtown Denver, CycleBar actually is a new indoor cycling studio coming in early 2017 to Southwest Plaza.

    CycleBar provides an intense cardio workout and some strength training opportunities. But owner Marc Krasner and manager LJ Johnson say it’s much more than that. CycleBar is an experience, they say, and one that aims to provide a sense of community extending far beyond the bike.

  • South Jeffco author seeks help with his latest children’s book

    Curtis Fulster is on a mission to write a book suitable for children in military families.

    The South Jeffco author, who writes under the name “C. Fulsty,” had a father, uncle and grandfather who served in the military, and he hopes to gear his latest book toward children with parents who served.

    But before he begins the writing process, Fulster is seeking feedback from local veterans and nonprofit organizations that work with them.

  • Morrison now providing water to Red Rocks

    Morrison’s utility department, which now provides water services to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, has recently installed a new pump station near Red Rocks Elementary.

    The 75-year-old music venue is owned and operated by the city and county of Denver and is part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. In years past, Denver paid to haul in some 1.2 million gallons of water annually, at a cost of $100,000 or more to the city. Expecting to save money in the long run, Denver sought a $1.5 million agreement with Morrison that calls for the town provide water.

  • Morrison will cover cost of trash pick-up for residents

    The Morrison town board has approved an ordinance to subsidize the cost of trash pick-up for all residents.

    Provided by Republic Services of Denver, waste removal will be free for all Morrison residents beginning in February 2017. The trash takeover will cost the town $18,000 annually but will reduce the burden on residents, Town Administrator Kara Zabilansky said.

    And, the arrangement streamlines the process of forging a partnership with Republic.

  • Jeffco DA agrees to suspend investigations of online child sex predators

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir has agreed to suspend his office’s investigations of online child sexual predators following an ethics complaint by a Denver defense attorney.