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  • Morrison police chief to retire this month

    Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval is retiring from his position at the end of September, and the town is moving forward with plans to hire his replacement.

    Sandoval, who has worked in the profession for more than 47 years, sent his letter of resignation to the town at the end of August.

    “It has been a real pleasure working with all the officers and town employees that were here when I was hired and those officers and employees that were hired since my appointment,” he wrote in the letter.

  • Overheated brakes cause semi fire on U.S. 285 that burns melons

    Overheated brakes are to blame for a semi-truck fire that shut down U.S. 285 in both directions near Highway 8 for several hours Tuesday afternoon.

    According to State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden, the semi carrying 41,000 pounds of watermelons was traveling northbound on U.S. 285 when it caught fire at 11:49 a.m. The Lakewood Police Department, West Metro Fire and State Patrol responded to the incident, and assisted with extinguishing the fire and directing traffic during cleanup.

    While the driver of the semi was not identified, Madden said he was uninjured.

  • Morrison takes first peek at ‘18 budget

    The Morrison town board is taking an initial look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval in November.

    Currently, the town is outlining a nearly $5.4 million spending plan that relies heavily on sales tax and court fines for revenue. In total, the two bring in about $1.4 million for the town.

    The budget plans for general-fund spending of $3.98 million and another $1.38 million for the town’s utility fund. For the general fund, Morrison would require approximately $464,000 from its reserves.

  • Task force works in Florida to help Hurricane Irma victims

    Just days after wrapping up work during Hurricane Harvey in Texas, members of Colorado Task Force 1 – Urban Search and Rescue now are in Florida helping with Hurricane Irma.

    The hurricane, which hit Florida last weekend, has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, according to a Monday update from the National Weather Service. As it moved inland toward Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, it was considered a tropical storm. Some minor tidal flooding may happen this week in the southeast, but the NWS predicts that the worst of the storm is over.

  • Clement Park project nearing finish

    The Clement Park improvement project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

    The $6 million project, which began last December, included:

    • Construction of a splash park.

    • Construction of a new concessions space and restroom at the ball fields.

    • Multi-purpose field renovations.

    Ron Hopp, executive director of Foothills Park and Recreation, said the district is shooting for an Oct. 1 opening of the splash park.

  • Taking the climb: Annual 9/11 event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre honors fallen

    Toting American flags, full fire gear and, in some instances, extra weights, approximately 2,000 men, women and children climbed the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    Up, around and down nine times they went.

    Their trek Monday was a symbolic one, meant to mimic the 110 flights climbed by first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Many climbers wore an ID badge of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11, and the significance of the event didn’t go unnoticed by organizers, climbers or spectators.

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  • Denver man faces felony charges in fatal U.S 285 accident

    Charges have been filed against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.  

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more. The charges were filed by the Jeffco DA's office.

  • Morrison questions development plans in the Rooney Valley

    Development in the Rooney Valley may be inevitable, but the town of Morrison is faced with an important question: Will the development actually be in Morrison? Or will it be disconnected into unincorporated Jefferson County?

    Dozens of community members joined board members at the Morrison Town Hall on Aug. 29 to hear an informal update from Ventana Capital, the real estate investment group representing the ownership of the 300-plus acre property now called Red Rocks Ranch.

  • Motions hearing continued in Crider case

    A motions hearing has been continued for a man accused of robbing several South Jeffco banks.

    Gary Mark Crider, 50, was arrested in early January in connection with robberies at three South Jeffco banks, as well as at banks in Louisville and Westminster between Dec. 9 and Jan 6. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated robbery during an April arraignment.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Crider is a suspect in the following robberies:

    • At a Bank of the West in the 800 block of East South Boulder Road in Louisville on Dec. 9.