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Today's News

  • Milking it for all it's worth

    On a sunny Saturday in late March, hordes of children run down the dirt path leading to the 1890s farm at the Littleton Museum.

    They line up with excitement around the wooden fence that houses June the Jersey Cow. Some sit atop their parents’ shoulders; others climb and peek their head through the slits of the fencing, hoping to catch a glimpse of June while they waited for the first of two cow milking demonstrations.

  • Foothills adaptive swim wins grant

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District learned this week that it’s aquatics department was one of seven in the state to win a USA Swimming Foundation grant to benefit participants of its adaptive swim and play program.
    Kim Henderson, Aquatics supervisor for Foothills, said Wednesday that the park district doesn’t know yet how much money it will receive from USA Swimming or what criteria will be put in place by the organization. Foothills officials are expecting more information from USA Swimming by the end of the week.

  • ‘Everyone loves dogs’

    At last Saturday’s 5-K9 for a Cure, people and their pups raced to the finish line at Chatfield High School.

    Organized by Zach Valdez and Haley Skarulis, Chatfield juniors, the dog-friendly race serves as a fund-raiser for Relay for Life, the signature fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. A May Relay for Life event is slated at Chatfield.

  • Man gets 48 years for 2015 attack on girlfriend

    A South Jeffco man will serve more than four decades in prison for a 2015 attack on his girlfriend, who sustained traumatic brain injuries and nearly died.

    Chuck Martinez, 36, was sentenced Monday afternoon to 48 years on felony charges of attempted murder and two charges of assault in the first degree. Though he received a 25-year sentence and a 30-year sentence for the latter two charges, those are to run concurrent to the first sentence.

  • South Jeffco lawmaker’s free speech bill passes

    A South Jeffco lawmaker hopes a recently passed bill will better protect students’ right to freedom of speech on public college campuses.

    The bill, which officially passed on March 22, prohibits free speech zones at public institutions of higher education. It also stops a public university from limiting or restricting student expression in a student forum.

  • Local voters might be amenable to mill levy increase

    The Foothills Park District board learned that local voters would support a modest property-tax increase if one was presented on the November ballot.

  • Jeffco Commission knocks down Foothills’ rezoning request

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday voted against a rezoning request made by the Foothills Park & Recreation District on more than 3 acres it was hoping to sell for development.

  • ‘Shape what you shred’

    On an unseasonably warm March day, volunteers and specialists with the Colorado Mountain Bike Association and Jeffco Open Space hit the trails to begin work on phase one of a project five years in the making.

    Though there are months of construction ahead, mountain bikers soon will have a new trail to traverse in Jefferson County. The South Dakota Ridge Trail will be a rocky path nestled in Morrison with a perfect view of Bandimere Speedway to the east and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to the west.

  • Library’s renovation brings concerns, hope

    The Columbine Library will close its doors in early April as work on a $4 million redesign project kicks off.

    Architects and library officials expect the project to be completed by September, which would close the current location, located at 7706 W. Bowles Ave., for approximately five months.

  • Morrison set to phase trail project

    The town of Morrison is moving forward with plans to build a trail down Highway 8 despite being denied a grant for the project by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    Though the $190,000 project was budgeted for this year, Town Administrator Kara Winters said it’s unlikely to be completed in its entirety this year without the help of the grant money. Instead, she says the town will complete the project in phases.

    Winters and the town board hope the trail will one day provide a safer pathway through the town.