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  • Morrison board hears results of survey on Rooney Valley development

    The Morrison town board last week viewed an updated plan for development in the Rooney Valley that includes the results of a recent survey of Morrison and Lakewood residents.

    Morrison town planner Carrie McCool said approximately 282 online surveys were completed, and the results indicated support for some major development if views and open space are preserved.

  • Together at last: South Jeffco family is made complete on Adoption Day

    Last Thursday was a happy day for Aron and Bret, a South Jeffco couple.

    As the first snow of the season fell outside the Jeffco courthouse, the pair finalized the adoption of their 5-month-old daughter, Kalyn.

    They were among 16 families who participated in Adoption Options’ celebration of Adoption Day. The Denver-based adoption agency has placed more than 1,800 children in permanent homes since its inception in 1981.

  • Students fling frozen fowl for a fine cause

    Cheers erupted across the cafeteria as Falcon Bluffs Middle School principal Tom Burns knocked down every pin in the school’s makeshift bowling alley.

    But this was not a typical game of bowling. Instead of bowling balls, students launched frozen turkeys down the alleys, attempting to knock down pins that were decorated to look like Thanksgiving birds as well.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation. 

  • Columbine Library gets community input on plans for 2017 redesign

    Members of the community met with two architects from Humphries Poli Architects on Saturday to provide feedback on plans for the $4 million redesign of the Columbine Library.

    Humphries Poli has redesigned and worked on more than 80 libraries. The firm has been recognized for its work to create 21st-century libraries in Library Journal magazine.

  • Leonard faces sentencing for contempt of court in divorce case

    Republican Tim Leonard may have won his election in state House District 25, but a lingering divorce case with his ex-wife, Monica, has resulted in a contempt-of-court citation against him.

  • Jeffco ordered to pay family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million in jail death suit

    A federal judge awarded the family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit against Jefferson County.

    Lobato, 37, and a mother of seven, was booked March 2, 2015, into the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting $57 worth of merchandise from a Lakewood Old Navy story with her 16-year-old son. The following day, Lobato complained of feeling ill and reportedly vomited several times. She died in her cell the night of March 3, 2015, after waiting hours in vain for medical attention.

  • High lead levels found in water at over 100 schools

    The number of Jeffco schools affected by unsafe levels of lead in drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain has risen to 109.

    According to documents posted to the district’s website, approximately 7,500 samples have been taken from 144 schools since June 3, and more than 500 of those samples showed lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum allowable level, which is 15 parts per billion.

  • D’Evelyn principal arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

    The principal of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of domestic violence and has been placed on leave from his position at the school.

    Anthony Edwards, 36, faces misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and domestic violence, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton.

    Sheriff’s officers were called to Edwards’ South Jeffco home about midnight Wednesday.

  • Variety of services available to victims of domestic violence

    Editor’s note: This is one installment in a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which was observed in October.

    For every domestic violence crime that’s reported, countless others aren’t — but they don’t go unnoticed.