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  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found unresponsive in cell

    A Jefferson County Detention Facility inmate died Sunday afternoon at St. Anthony Hospital after being found unresponsive in his jail cell four days prior.

    Mark Witkowski, 45, was found with a ligature around his neck by Jeffco deputies doing a jail walk-through at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The deputies began administering CPR and called for additional medical assistance, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Majority of reservoir’s environmental restoration to be onsite

    The Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation company has announced the majority of the environmental restoration work connected to increasing water storage by 20,600-acre feet at Chatfield Reservoir will occur onsite to benefit Chatfield State Park and its visitors.

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  • Columbine Stake honors teachers at annual appreciation dinner

    By Babzanne Barker
    For the Courier
    Thirty local teachers, coaches and mentors were recently honored at the 18th annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner of the Columbine Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    High school seniors in the six congregations of the Columbine Stake were encouraged to invite teachers who had had a positive impact on their lives to one of the two dinners held this year on April 21 and 22.

  • Pro cyclist accused of shooting at Deer Creek Canyon home

    A pro cyclist who lives in Englewood has been accused of recklessly firing a gun earlier this year near homes in the Deer Creek Canyon area, about five miles east of Conifer.

    Daniel H. Summerhill, 28, appeared in Jefferson County court Tuesday morning and was advised of charges against him, which include one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct involving discharge of a firearm and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. He pleaded not guilty.

    A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for July 12.

  • Glass a ‘change agent’ in education

    By some turns, Jeffco Public Schools’ next superintendent is simply a Kentucky boy from a long line of educators who has an ever-evolving vision of what K-12 education can be.

    By other turns, Jason Glass has been called a “policy guy,” and a “change agent,” and has a habit of leaving his posts ahead of schedule. He’s also outspoken about education trends — penning a regular column for the Vail Daily — and media savvy with frequent posts to Twitter.

  • Morrison wants to control location, features of small wireless service facilities

    An ordinance is in the works that would give the town of Morrison some control over small wireless service facilities that might be built within the town limits.

    While an ordinance would not prevent a small cell facility’s construction in Morrison, it would allow the town a say in its design features and location.

    In preparation for the law’s July 1 effective date, Mayor Sean Forey said the town needs to keep moving and work to pass an ordinance prior to that date.

  • There’s still work to be done at Columbine Memorial

    The Columbine Memorial Foundation recently ticked an item off its repair wish list.

    About 5,000 square feet of buckling concrete at the entryway of the Clement Park memorial has been replaced. Rick Townsend, president of the foundation board, calls the project, which cost approximately $51,000, a big effort.

    “It took a big bite out of our savings to get that done,” he added.

    But Townsend notes it was necessary because the concrete created a safety hazard for visitors.

  • Bradford Intermediate School ball fields put on backburner

    The Ken-Caryl Metropolitan District board has temporarily scrapped plans to build ball fields at Bradford Intermediate School K-8 North, but will use money from a lawsuit settlement to pay for tennis courts at the Ken-Caryl Community Center and for renovations to the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool.

    After reimbursing itself and the Ken-Caryl Master Association for the tennis courts, it will begin planning pool renovations – likely in the fall. In several years, if the funds are available, the board will reconsider building the ball fields.

  • South Jeffco reflects on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day provided an opportunity for remembrance and reflection for those celebrating across South Jeffco.

    The holiday is meant to honor those who’ve died in service to the United States of America. As residents gathered in Littleton, Ken-Caryl and beyond, all agreed that it is essential to express gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.