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  • Riders, horses of all experience levels welcome at school

    Bring your shoulders up.

    Tighten up those reins.

    Don’t be afraid of contact.

    As one might expect, learning dressage — an equestrian sport signifying the highest expression of horse training — is a process. And, according to Corinne Lettau and Michelle Gibson, it’s one that even the best riders never fully master.

  • Student who beat odds wins Hero Award

    Annalise Kendrick never understood why people who win awards always seem to say they feel “humbled” — until she won the Jeffco Hero Award in November, that is.

    “I didn’t think I’d win at all,” she said. “… Other than (feeling) shocked, it was kind of like this worry that I didn’t deserve it. … It was really humbling just seeing everybody there.”

  • Morrison town board approves 2017 spending outline

    Morrison’s town board approved the 2017 budget on Dec. 6, a $5.2 million spending plan that continues to rely heavily on traffic fines for revenue.

    The budget calls for general-fund spending of $4 million and for $1.2 million in the utility-fund portion of the budget. Both funds will require contributions from the town’s reserve fund in 2017.

    Numerous capital projects are slated for 2017, including $450,000 for:

    • A new dispatch station for the police department.

    • Two new police vehicles.

  • Falcon Bluffs students get a lesson in health and fitness

    Sixth-graders from Falcon Bluffs Middle School stormed the cafeteria stage on Dec. 7 for a chance to learn a dance from two of the Denver Broncos’ cheerleaders.

    The opportunity to boogie with the Broncos came as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, an in-school wellness program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Locally, the program is funded by the Western Dairy Association and the Broncos.

  • South Jeffco resident helping addicts

    Rob Lohman understands addiction.

    The South Jeffco resident, a recovered addict who spent time in prison for arson, now hopes to combat the problem through Lifted from the Rut, an organization he started a year ago. Lowman conducts family, business and individual interventions, does recovery coaching, and provides a sober transport system to escort people to treatment facilities.

  • Foothills board finally approves BMX track at Schaefer complex

    A long-proposed and highly controversial plan to build a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex finally received the green light Tuesday when the Foothills Park & Recreation District board voted in favor of constructing the facility.

  • Jeffco participates in first-of-its-kind land deal in Clear Creek County

    Jeffco Open Space announced this week it has completed an unprecedented land deal on 108 acres in Clear Creek County that drew the participation of several land management agencies and land trust organizations.

  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • State Rep. Tim Leonard jailed for contempt of court in divorce case

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail on two counts of contempt of court in his divorce case with his ex-wife, Monica.

  • Ex-police officer gets 15 years for ’net luring, attempted sex assault

    A one-time Denver police officer was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison after being found guilty of arranging a tryst at a South Jeffco Burger King with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty in October of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.