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Today's News

  • Fitness on the Rocks draws a crowd

    Up and down. Up and down. Up and down.

    Seven up-and-downs made 1 mile for those participating in the mile run up the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during Saturday’s annual Fitness on the Rocks event.

    Along the way, there was blood, sweat and maybe even some tears. Many called it quits before completing the trek. But not Nikita Cordier. The 18-year-old runner from Denver came in first in the male division with a time of 5 minutes, 40 seconds.

  • Teen rescued after fall into Roxborough-area clay mineshaft

    A teenager was rescued last Saturday after falling 115 feet into a clay mineshaft in the Roxborough area.

    West Metro Fire Rescue’s technical rescue team worked alongside Douglas County Search and Rescue and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to pull the 13-year-old boy from the mine.

    Shortly before 8 p.m., the hiker, who lives in the Roxborough area but hasn’t been identified, fell into a diagonal mine shaft at the park. He was with a friend, who called 911.

  • Just hangin’ around: Tree Climbing Colorado hopes to shape perspective through recreational tree climbing

    Way up in a tree, among the leaves, branches and bark, many find a changed perspective.

    That’s part of the reason why Harv Teitelbaum of Tree Climbing Colorado climbs, and it’s that very sense of connectivity and perspective that he hopes to convey to those who climb with his company.

    “It’s the perspective,” he said. “We know a tree from a couple feet up usually. You get up there, and it opens up this whole other country in the canopy.”

  • Community comes to aid of Ken-Caryl man whose flag was stolen

    On a June morning, Jim Ruscetta walked outside to grab the newspaper when he nonchalantly glanced up at the spot where his American flag has hung for more than 30 years.

    But on this particular morning, something caught his eye — the flag was gone.

    Ruscetta searched his home and garage to no avail. Ultimately, he concluded the flag had been stolen. The Ken-Caryl resident and Army veteran was bothered by the realization and worried that the flag had been stolen and disrespected.

  • Seniors’ Resource Center hires new director, looks to future

    The Seniors’ Resource Center has a new leader, and she and longtime SRC head John Zabawa are working together to ensure a smooth transition.

    Monica Roers, originally from Minnesota, was hired as executive director at the end of June, and she is replacing Zabawa, who had that position for 35 years.

    “Monica has vision and has passion,” said SRC board chair Deborah Brackney in a press release. “She has a clear view of how to lead our organization forward.”

  • Biz briefs

    New retirement community to open in Littleton

    Sky Pointe Retirement Resort hosted a groundbreaking Monday for the new Littleton retirement community.

    The latest Resort Lifestyle Communities facility, which is set to officially open in about a year, will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The $30 million project is on a 10-acre site in South Jeffco on South Taft Street.

  • The top of the world: Morrison slackliner breaks world record

    At the top of a mountain, gazing out at the vast wilderness below, there is a sense of stillness.

    For many, there also is a rush of adrenaline, and maybe — for some — a bit of fear.

    As Taylor VanAllen harnesses himself in, removes his shoes, balances on a 1-inch piece of webbing and takes his first step away from solid ground, he draws on these very feelings. Despite more than seven years of practice, the 26-year-old slackliner is not without fear.

  • Former Morrison officer arrested, facing 29 counts of theft

    A former Morrison police officer was arrested Tuesday afternoon after being indicted on 29 counts of theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Between December 2010 and February 2016, Anthony Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the Town of Morrison through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund,” according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

  • Community turns out to meet Jeffco’s new superintendent

    Ten days into his tenure as Jeffco Public Schools’ new superintendent, Jason Glass hit the ground running July 10 with a whirlwind of hour-long community meetings across the entirety of Jeffco.

    Aimed at giving the public an opportunity to meet Glass and ask questions town hall-style, the tour began at a Westminster Village Inn restaurant and wound down at The Wild Game in Evergreen.

  • Summerhill agrees to plea deal in Deer Creek Canyon shooting

    An Englewood pro cyclist accused of recklessly firing a gun earlier this year near homes in the Deer Creek Canyon area has agreed to a plea deal.
    Daniel H. Summerhill, 28, pleaded guilty July 12 in Jefferson County court to one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct involving discharge of a weapon in exchange for a reduced sentence.