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  • Work begins on West Chatfield Avenue

    There will be a new traffic pattern on West Chatfield Avenue as Jeffco begins work on road improvements between South Pierce Street and South Kendall Boulevard.

    Currently, traffic between South Pierce and South Lamar streets will be driving on the north half of West Chatfield Avenue so that construction can begin on the south half, but traffic patterns are expected to change throughout the various phases of the project.

  • Waste not, want not: South Jeffco student looking to stop food waste at district schools

    For Preston Robertson, the story begins with a Scholastic News magazine.

    While reading the curriculum-connected nonfiction publication last school year at Normandy Elementary School, Preston learned a lot about food waste and became fascinated with discovering ways he could help prevent it.

    “I read about how much food waste there is in America, and then I found out how much there was wasting in our school,” said the 9-year-old, who is a fourth-grader at the South Jefferson County elementary school.

  • 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.