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Today's News

  • Student who beat odds wins Hero Award

    Annalise Kendrick never understood why people who win awards always seem to say they feel “humbled” — until she won the Jeffco Hero Award in November, that is.

    “I didn’t think I’d win at all,” she said. “… Other than (feeling) shocked, it was kind of like this worry that I didn’t deserve it. … It was really humbling just seeing everybody there.”

  • Morrison town board approves 2017 spending outline

    Morrison’s town board approved the 2017 budget on Dec. 6, a $5.2 million spending plan that continues to rely heavily on traffic fines for revenue.

    The budget calls for general-fund spending of $4 million and for $1.2 million in the utility-fund portion of the budget. Both funds will require contributions from the town’s reserve fund in 2017.

    Numerous capital projects are slated for 2017, including $450,000 for:

    • A new dispatch station for the police department.

    • Two new police vehicles.

  • Falcon Bluffs students get a lesson in health and fitness

    Sixth-graders from Falcon Bluffs Middle School stormed the cafeteria stage on Dec. 7 for a chance to learn a dance from two of the Denver Broncos’ cheerleaders.

    The opportunity to boogie with the Broncos came as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, an in-school wellness program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Locally, the program is funded by the Western Dairy Association and the Broncos.

  • South Jeffco resident helping addicts

    Rob Lohman understands addiction.

    The South Jeffco resident, a recovered addict who spent time in prison for arson, now hopes to combat the problem through Lifted from the Rut, an organization he started a year ago. Lowman conducts family, business and individual interventions, does recovery coaching, and provides a sober transport system to escort people to treatment facilities.

  • Foothills board finally approves BMX track at Schaefer complex

    A long-proposed and highly controversial plan to build a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex finally received the green light Tuesday when the Foothills Park & Recreation District board voted in favor of constructing the facility.

  • Jeffco participates in first-of-its-kind land deal in Clear Creek County

    Jeffco Open Space announced this week it has completed an unprecedented land deal on 108 acres in Clear Creek County that drew the participation of several land management agencies and land trust organizations.

  • St. Nick: gift giver by night, lifesaver by day

    When you think of Santa Claus, you might think of the color red. It is one of the traditional colors of Christmas, and it’s the color of his cozy suit.

    And last Thursday, Santa gave away his first gift of Christmas. It, too, was red.

    The jolly elf, best known for delivering presents and eating cookies, donated blood at Bonfils Blood Center Southwest.

  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • Dakota Ridge girls basketball grabs first victory of the season

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    There might not be a tougher three-game stretch for Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team the rest of the season after what the Lady Eagles went through to start the year.

    Dakota Ridge opened the 2016-17 campaign against Class 5A defending state champion ThunderRidge, two-time defending 4A state champion Valor Christian and perennial state contender Broomfield.

  • Mat time key for Rebels at invite

    Cameron Kuykendall had a way of summing up Columbine’s wrestling season. It’s not about wins and losses, but about mat time. That was evident Dec. 10 at the Columbine Invitational.