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  • Face, voice of Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stepping down

    Jacki Kelley is accustomed to being associated with bad news.

    The head spokesperson for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Kelley stood in the Conifer High School parking lot in 2012 and fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters and television crews just hours after a smoldering controlled burn on Foxton Road reignited into the deadly Lower North Fork Fire, which killed three people and destroyed more than 4,000 acres.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts under construction on South Kipling

    A large sign with the Dunkin’ Donuts logo announces the anticipated opening of a new shop on South Kipling Parkway in the coming months. The steel framework for the building is in place at the site, where construction workers are making progress on completing the project by this summer.

    Josh Blanchard, one of the owners of the franchise, says he is thrilled to be opening a second Dunkin’ Donuts in Littleton. Another shop is on West Mineral Avenue.

  • Front Range Christian School offering privately funded vouchers

    Front Range Christian School has launched a privately funded voucher program for families seeking a religious-school alternative for their children.

    A limited number of the “freedom vouchers,” which pay for partial tuition at the private school in South Jeffco, is available for families wishing to make a switch from a public school.

  • Morrison police to begin bicycle patrol in May

    While roads in Morrison are popular with area cycling enthusiasts, sometimes-heavy car traffic creates a need for everyone to take extra care and follow the rules of the road, authorities and a bicycling group say.

    Jennifer Barbour of Team Evergreen, an area cycling organization, says motorists sometimes don’t see bicycles while searching for parking or making their way through the small town.

    “You can pretty much just get run off the road,” Barbour said.

  • Intruders damage home's interior while owners on vacation

    Burglars caused more than $200,000 in damage to a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court while the homeowners were on vacation between April 1 and 10, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The intruders apparently did not steal property but caused extensive water damage to the interior of the home and to personal property in it, according to the report. 

  • Ending pay-for-performance not top priority for some board members

    All five members of the Jeffco school board want to return to paying teachers on a regular salary schedule and end the controversial 2014 move toward pay-for-performance made by now-recalled conservative board members.

    But some current members said April 7 that moving back to a salary grid isn’t their top priority when compared with other needs.

  • AEDs helping hearts beat the odds

    Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.

  • Five arrested in early-morning raid at South Jeffco home

    Five people were arrested in an early-morning raid at a home on West Bowles Avenue on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said three of the arrestees were being held in the Jeffco jail on drug-related charges, and the other two were arrested on outstanding warrants.

  • Residents invited to help plan new services at Jeffco libraries

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours and services after voters last November approved a mill-levy increase. Upcoming initiatives include refurbishment of the Columbine Library in 2017 and a potential expansion of services in South Jeffco to meet growing demand.

    To help plan these additions and enhancements to the library system, area residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings where they can offer input and suggestions.

  • Only one contested race in West Metro fire board election

    Three board members for the West Metro Fire Protection District are up for election May 3, but only one faces a challenge.

    Michael Williams has entered the race for the District 6 seat currently held by Kristina Moeder. District 4 board member Pam Feely and Wendy Volmer, the District 7 incumbent, are running unopposed.

    After serving on West Metro’s civil service committee for the past five years, Williams says he is running for the District 6 board seat as a better use of his time.