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Today's News

  • ‘Therapeutic recreation’

    Every Saturday, 6-year-old Alexander Yoder looks at his mom and dad and says: “Water? Water?”

    Alexander used to be afraid of the water, but the Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Adaptive Swim and Play program quickly changed that.

    “It made him a lot more of a daredevil,” said his father, Allin, with a grin.

  • Artwork fills Ute Meadows on a magical evening

    There was art aplenty at Ute Meadows Elementary School’s annual Evening of the Arts celebration last Friday.
    More than 2,000 pieces of artwork created by students filled the halls of the elementary school. Ute Meadows also hosted a two-hour student talent show, choir performance and poetry reading. A dance segment was also included this year where students and their families could learn to waltz.
    “The evening is a celebration of the children,” said Alesia Westhead, art teacher at Ute Meadows and organizer of the event.

  • ‘It’s a great tradition’

    In the early dark, chilly hours of Easter, thousands of people filed into Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for the venue’s annual sunrise service.

    Spotlights illuminated three on-stage crosses, casting shadows on the rocks behind the stage and welcoming those to the venue for worship.

    Some were quiet, heads bowed in prayer in honor of the holiday. Others shared a smile or a kind word with their friends, families and neighbors. But all were bundled in coats, hats, gloves and blankets, waiting patiently for start of the service and the colorful sunrise.

  • ‘Understand their entire world’

    Walk through the front doors of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, and it strikes you — silence.

    In the classrooms. In the halls. And save for a few joyful yelps here and there, on the playground.

    But despite the quietness, in-depth communication is happening in every inch of the school. It is simply happening through ASL or American Sign Language.

  • Columbine Library renovations approved

    In an April 12 hearing, the Jeffco Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for renovations at the Columbine Library.

    Architects and library representatives came before the commission seeking site approval to allow for parking improvements and exterior renovations of the library.

  • Jeffco Schools to pay $34,000 for superintendent search

    Jeffco Public Schools is paying Ray and Associates slightly less than what it paid the executive search firm in 2014 to find a new superintendent.

  • Out of the Darkness walk supports suicide prevention

    All of the members of South Jeffco Girl Scout Troop 50739 have in some way dealt with suicide.

    So the troop decided to do its part in preventing suicide by spreading awareness and raising money. Five years ago, it organized the inaugural Out of the Darkness campus walk, which continues to serve as a fund-raiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    The event is a noncompetitive 3-mile walk around Dakota Ridge High School. It begins at the high school at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Registration begins an hour earlier.

  • Morrison looks to put utilities underground in the next year

    The town of Morrison is moving forward with a plan to put the overhead utility lines underground in its downtown area.

    As of now, the planning and budgeting phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in 2017 with construction beginning in early 2018. The goal is to have the project fully completed by spring of 2018 to “minimize impact to the community during summer,” reads a report created by TTG Engineers for Morrison board members.

  • Man charged with second-degree arson in North Turkey Creek Fire

    The Jeffco District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22.

    Andrew Askins, 18, has been charged with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Askins was not yet in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

  • Sheriff’s Office takes part in ‘move over’ campaign

    Two Jeffco law enforcement agencies participated last week in a statewide operation to provide stepped-up enforcement of Colorado’s Move Over law.