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Today's News

  • Launch of trail maps leads to a festive occasion

    Last Thursday’s official launch of comprehensive trail maps for the county pointed the way to a feeling of a job well done.

    Jeffco Open Space staff and a host of supporters and sponsors of the regional maps project gathered at Lookout Mountain Nature Center to celebrate its successful completion.

    “It’s a pretty amazing collaborative effort,” said Katie Matthews, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

  • Morrison police to begin bicycle patrol in May

    While roads in Morrison are popular with area cycling enthusiasts, sometimes-heavy car traffic creates a need for everyone to take extra care and follow the rules of the road, authorities and a bicycling group say.

    Jennifer Barbour of Team Evergreen, an area cycling organization, says motorists sometimes don’t see bicycles while searching for parking or making their way through the small town.

    “You can pretty much just get run off the road,” Barbour said.

  • Front Range Christian School offering privately funded vouchers

    Front Range Christian School has launched a privately funded voucher program for families seeking a religious-school alternative for their children.

    A limited number of the “freedom vouchers,” which pay for partial tuition at the private school in South Jeffco, is available for families wishing to make a switch from a public school.

  • Face, voice of Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stepping down

    Jacki Kelley is accustomed to being associated with bad news.

    The head spokesperson for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Kelley stood in the Conifer High School parking lot in 2012 and fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters and television crews just hours after a smoldering controlled burn on Foxton Road reignited into the deadly Lower North Fork Fire, which killed three people and destroyed more than 4,000 acres.

  • Exchange student raising funds to buy mosquito nets for people in Ghana

    Emmanuel Mwinbong, an exchange student at Dakota Ridge High School, is launching a fund-raising effort to provide mosquito nets for people in his native country of Ghana, where malaria is prevalent. The nets offer protection to children and adults from mosquitoes that carry the disease, which can result in disability and death.

    Emmanuel is seeking donations to purchase mosquito nets at the Pomona Invitational Track Meet this Saturday, April 23 Jeffco Stadium.

  • Medical provider seeks to dismiss portions of lawsuit in jail death

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    The medical provider being sued by the family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the lawsuit, calling the complaint “scattershot.”

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Incumbent Moeder re-elected to West Metro fire board

    Voters on Tuesday chose incumbent Kristina Moeder to continue serving on the board of the West Metro Fire Protection District in the only contested race.

    Two other incumbents, Pam Feely and Wendy Volmerran, ran unopposed.

    Moeder defeated challenger Michael Williams 186 votes to 64. Feely and Volmer received 224 and 216 votes, respectively.

    In her campaign, Moeder pointed to the need for ensuring financial security for the district, as well as firefighter safety by providing apparatus and equipment. 

  • Farrar is winner in only contested race for seat on Foothills board

    Peggy Farrar defeated three other candidates in Tuesday's election to win the only contested seat on the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    Farrar was declared the winner in Ward 2 on Tuesday night in an unofficial result posted on the district’s website. Farrar defeated incumbent Michael Bielkiewicz, as well as Chris Crippen and Scott Kennerly.

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