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Today's News

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • A chocolate-flavored musical at Mortensen Elementary

    Students at Mortensen Elementary School were hard at theatrical work as they rehearsed a nutty scene in the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” last Thursday afternoon.

    Using large paper versions of nuts, the young actors portraying squirrels tested them for quality on a “nut-o-meter” while other characters sang and danced on the school stage.

    In the lead role of candy wizard Willy Wonka, student Riley Niblo-Miller commanded the stage in a tall black hat as he ran lines with other actors.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools. 

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

    Three Dinos LLC has filed preliminary documents requesting the rezoning.

  • Son of Holocaust survivor continues shoe project to help needy, raise awareness

    A large pile of shoes sits in the hallway of Deer Creek Middle School. They represent a sad reminder of the Holocaust — and teacher Alan Morawiec’s project to help people while raising awareness of the genocide that occurred in Germany and other European countries in the World War II era.