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  • Morrison town board gives hiring, firing authority to town administrator

    Morrison’s Town Administrator Kara Winters now will be able to hire, fire and discipline employees — just in time for the town to hire a new chief for its police department. 
The decision, which was unanimously approved at a Sept. 19 board meeting, will take all personnel decision-making responsibility away from the town’s board of directors.

    “In the day we didn’t have a town manager, so the board was the hiring and firing authority,” said board member Allen Williams. “So that was miserable.”

  • Littleton residents concerned about road condition, traffic

    Littleton residents are concerned about traffic and road conditions, but city officials hope to allay their concerns and prepare for the future.

    The mayor, city manager and other officials met with the public on Sept. 20 to discuss the conditions of Littleton’s streets, sidewalks and infrastructure, and talk about future plans for improvement.

  • Morrison’s Cider Fest a true celebration of fall

    With apple cider, bluegrass music and cool, dreary weather, Saturday’s Cider Fest in Morrison served as the perfect kickoff to fall.

    “This is fall,” Gus Chambers, co-founder of the festival, said to the crowd who lounged on hay bales with cold beers in hand. “It was summer just about three days ago.”

    The festival began 28 years ago as a way to bring the small mountain community of Morrison together, and Gus marveled at its growth over the years.

  • Askins arraignment continued for 3rd time

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the third time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered.

  • Chatfield Farms provides fresh produce to low-income families

    On a hazy September morning, Chris Krabbenhoeft plucks leaves of spinach until his bucket is full.

    Spinach, berries, onions, peas, green beans — depending on the season, the 1.5-acre garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms location in Littleton has it all.

  • Man dies in deputy-involved shooting near Ken Caryl

    A man has died after a confrontation with a Jeffco deputy in South Jeffco, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. The deputy wasn’t injured.

    The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 3:42 p.m. from a motorist concerned about a car — a black Audi sedan — driving erratically westbound on C-470. The car reportedly was speeding and passing cars on the shoulder of the road.

  • Importance of a nonpartisan school board race

    Jason Glass, superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools

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  • Despite changes, Summerset Festival still a community staple

    Summerset Festival looked a bit different this year, but that didn’t stop South Jeffco residents from swarming Clement Park for the 33rd annual event.

    The festival serves as a fund-raiser for the Foothills Foundation, which in turn helps support Foothills Park and Recreation District. While the event typically is a multi-day extravaganza, it was condensed to one day this year and included a craft-beer tasting, vendors, a car show, live music from the Left Hand Shakes and entertainment for kids.

    While there were some changes, one key part remained the same.

  • Jeffco collaborative promoting mental health training

    A collaborative group is working to destigmatize mental health in Jefferson County by promoting and coordinating a countywide expansion of Mental Health First Aid.

    The program, which is similar to CPR, trains the everyday person how to identify when someone is in crisis and then coaches the person through what to say and how to help with the intention of connecting the person to professional resources.