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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Office kicks off second detention deputy academy

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series.

    First, he served as a marine. Then, he worked as a message therapist. Now, Casey Buell-Shoenman is taking on a new challenge — becoming a Jeffco Sheriff’s detention deputy.

    After months of taking ride-alongs with various departments in the Denver metro area, Buell-Shoenman applied for JCSO’s detention deputy academy in the hopes of gaining valuable law enforcement experience.

  • Restaurants accepting donations for hurricane victims

    A set of restaurants in Clear Creek County and South Jeffco are accepting donations of household cleaning items and other supplies to help victims of the recent hurricanes.

    Idaho Springs’ MTN Prime and both LUCHA Cantina locations in Georgetown and South Jeffco are working with the Cajun Navy Relief, a non-profit based in Louisiana that helps hurricane and flood victims.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dahlkemper announces bid for county commissioner seat

    Former Jeffco school board president Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the District 3 seat on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Publicly announced last Friday, Dahlkemper’s campaign comes nearly two and half years after she said she wouldn’t seek a second term as president of the Jeffco school board.

    In an interview Monday, Dahlkemper, a Democrat, said her decision to re-enter politics was not unexpected and stems from a desire to increase her own community involvement.

  • Two more enter race for Jeffco school board

    Two Jeffco school board members seeking re-election this fall will face competition after two last-minute candidates filed the required petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline.
    According to Helen Neal, Jeffco Public Schools’ election coordinator, Matt Van Gieson of Arvada and Erica Shields of Littleton each filed several pages of petition signatures after picking up the petitions Aug. 28. The school district certified Sept. 4 that each candidate met the required 50 verified signatures to get on the ballot.

  • 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 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.