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  • Mercury Rising

    Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • School district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • Superintendent: Options exist for addressing facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • Jury convicts Littleton man in slaying of common-law wife

    A Littleton man accused of killing his common-law wife was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. 

    Michael Sommerfield, 35, was found guilty by a jury in the slaying of Michele Lucero, 34, in 2014. On March 21, 2014, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called to Lucero’s home in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive, where she was found dead. An autopsy later concluded the woman had died from ligature strangulation. 

  • DA’s office reviewing complaint about forged signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

    “We are in the process of looking at documents,” Kimbrough said.

  • Lower portion of Waterton Canyon now open daily for recreation

    The lower portion of Waterton Canyon reopened for daily recreational use on Sunday.
    The area had been closed Monday through Saturday since early February for construction of the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River.

    Access to the river from the canyon entrance to mile marker 3.2 is closed indefinitely because of high flows in the South Platte from April storms. The high flows also prevented crews from completing the construction project by early May as scheduled.

  • First section of Peaks to Plains Trail to open in July

    Folks who came to the Trails Talk meeting of Jeffco Open Space on May 10 learned that a section of the Peaks to Plains Trail linking Jefferson and Clear Creek counties is scheduled to open in mid-July.

    The 3-mile segment in Clear Creek Canyon extends from the west portal of Tunnel 5 to the parking lot at Mayhem Gulch, Scott Grossman, Jeffco Open Space project manager, told a group at The Peak Community and Wellness Center.

  • Developer outlines plans for homes in Deer Creek-Ken Caryl area

    Speaking to nearly 200 people gathered last Thursday at the Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl, Dennis Carruth of Carruth Properties outlined his proposal to create patio homes for baby boomers and seniors on land beside the Deer Creek Golf Course.

    Carruth is representing landowners in the Deer Creek and Ken Caryl planning areas who are seeking rezoning from industrial and office uses to Residential Planned Development to build about 128 duplex-style and single-family residences on two parcels totaling 22 acres.

  • Decline in enrollment will reduce state funding to Jeffco Schools

    Employee compensation, state funding and an enrollment decline remain major discussion points as Jeffco Public Schools moves closer to finalizing its budget for the 2016-17 academic year. 

  • Incumbent Moeder re-elected to West Metro fire board

    Voters on Tuesday chose incumbent Kristina Moeder to continue serving on the board of the West Metro Fire Protection District in the only contested race.

    Two other incumbents, Pam Feely and Wendy Volmerran, ran unopposed.

    Moeder defeated challenger Michael Williams 186 votes to 64. Feely and Volmer received 224 and 216 votes, respectively.

    In her campaign, Moeder pointed to the need for ensuring financial security for the district, as well as firefighter safety by providing apparatus and equipment.