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  • Francone takes over as District 3 county commissioner

    In a formal swearing-in ceremony, Tina Francone last week officially replaced former Commissioner Don Rosier on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Friends, family members, Jeffco employees and an assortment of politicians packed the hearing room in the county building for the Feb. 6 event.

  • Moore is retiring from Columbine, but his legacy will live on

    As students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium at Chatfield Senior High School in the aftermath of the April 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, Ivory Moore led the crowd in a chant that has since become recognizable to all.

    “We are… Columbine!”

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  • Jeffco Conservation District seeks board nominations

    The Jefferson Conservation District is seeking nominations for four board of supervisor seats that are up for election this year. Those seats are currently occupied by Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman.
    Board supervisors oversee the activities of the JCD, including forest- and weed-management projects, education and outreach events, and more. Board supervisors are unpaid and serve four-year terms.

  • Dakota Ridge sophomore organizes fund-raiser for police

    Sagan Lang grew up with an appreciation for police officers and the work they do.

    That’s why the 15-year-old Dakota Ridge High School student felt compelled to do something when within a month officers from Douglas and Adam counties were killed while on duty.

    “I’ve always been involved with the sheriffs and officers in our community,” Lang said. “(And) I’ve always been really passionate about serving and protecting my country.”

  • Littleton named the 15th safest city in the state

    The National Council for Home Safety and Security has issued a list of the safest cities in Colorado, and the city of Littleton made the cut.

    To create its list, the council analyzed violent crimes, property crimes and population. With a population of 47,288, Littleton ranked No. 15 on the list of 35 Colorado cities. In 2016, the city had 48 violent crimes and 1,296 property crimes.

  • CSP closes investigation on hit-and-run at Chatfield High

    Unless it receives new information, Colorado State Patrol has closed its investigation into a Jan. 11 hit-and-run accident involving a Chatfield Senior High School student.

    Lorenzo Pranchke, 15, was seriously injured while crossing at a crosswalk near the intersection of West Chatfield Avenue and West Ken Caryl Avenue close to the South Jeffco high school. Witnesses told CSP they saw a blue or gray Toyota Prius hit Pranchke and drive off.

  • Daddy Daughter Dance a tradition for South Jeffco families

    As soon as the music began, youngsters in fancy dresses made their way to the dance floor, dads in tow.

    Chris Newton and his daughter Juniper were the first to make it there, and they danced hand-in-hand to the tunes of the Temptations. Juniper, decked out in a pink dress and sparkling tiara, stood patiently as her dad fastened an extravagant corsage onto the 4-year-old’s wrist.

  • Residents concerned about car-dealership proposal at C-470 and Kipling

    Residents in neighboring Chatfield Bluffs South, Ken-Caryl and Deer Creek Canyon are concerned about a plan to bring two indoor, high-end car dealerships to a plot of land south of C-470 and South Kipling Parkway.

    Many residents are opposed to the proposal, fearing the effects of additional traffic in an area that is heavily used by cyclists. Others worry rezoning five acres of a 20-acre lot might set a precedent and make it easier for the remaining 15 acres to be rezoned in the future.

  • ‘In it for the athletes’

    Sheila Rea held her breath as her daughter, Gina, tipped forward, gliding along the ice on one skate.

    “Now I can breathe again,” Sheila said after Gina triumphantly took a bow, signaling the end of her routine.

    The 25-year-old South Jeffco resident was one of many athletes from across the metro area who last Saturday competed in the Colorado Special Olympics Figure and Speed Skating Competition at South Suburban Ice Rink in Centennial.