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  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

    Three Dinos LLC has filed preliminary documents requesting the rezoning.

  • Development at Kipling, Quincy to have 54 homes

    Construction workers are busy framing homes and grading lots at Quincy Lake Pointe, a residential development at South Kipling Street and West Quincy Avenue.

    As of last week, 33 of 54 lots on the 11-acre site had been sold to homebuyers, said Christy Ross, spokesperson for Richmond American Homes, developer of the project.

    Buyers can choose from five available plans for homes up to approximately 3,000 square feet in size. A one-level ranch plan and four two-story plans are among selections. Lot sizes average 5,500 square feet.

  • Merger of two fire districts proceeding smoothly, West Metro chief says

    The merger of the West Metro and Wheat Ridge fire protection districts that took place April 15 has been moving forward with few problems, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

    “It’s been going really well,” Lombardi said, speaking at the April 19 meeting of the West Metro board.

  • A chocolate-flavored musical at Mortensen Elementary

    Students at Mortensen Elementary School were hard at theatrical work as they rehearsed a nutty scene in the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” last Thursday afternoon.

    Using large paper versions of nuts, the young actors portraying squirrels tested them for quality on a “nut-o-meter” while other characters sang and danced on the school stage.

    In the lead role of candy wizard Willy Wonka, student Riley Niblo-Miller commanded the stage in a tall black hat as he ran lines with other actors.

  • Launch of trail maps leads to a festive occasion

    Last Thursday’s official launch of comprehensive trail maps for the county pointed the way to a feeling of a job well done.

    Jeffco Open Space staff and a host of supporters and sponsors of the regional maps project gathered at Lookout Mountain Nature Center to celebrate its successful completion.

    “It’s a pretty amazing collaborative effort,” said Katie Matthews, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

  • Son of Holocaust survivor continues shoe project to help needy, raise awareness

    A large pile of shoes sits in the hallway of Deer Creek Middle School. They represent a sad reminder of the Holocaust — and teacher Alan Morawiec’s project to help people while raising awareness of the genocide that occurred in Germany and other European countries in the World War II era.

  • Deputy struck, injured by stolen vehicle

    The driver of a stolen vehicle struck a Jeffco sheriff’s deputy Saturday night as he and another deputy were struggling with a second suspect on West Remington Avenue in South Jeffco.

    Authorities said one suspect was in custody and another remained at large in the incident, which spanned three jurisdictions and left two police cars damaged. The deputy was treated for minor injuries.