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Today's News

  • Our Readers Write

    Fireworks are a freakout for furry friends
    Editor:
    Just when I was getting used to quiet nights in the Columbine area, last night I heard a couple loud firework “pops.” Sure enough, a few seconds later, my dog came downstairs, hunkered down and headed straight to the bathroom to hide.

  • Sacrificing time to make it a better place

    Joe Webb, Chariman of the Jefferson County Republican Party

  • DACA program deserves a just answer
  • Two more enter race for Jeffco school board

    Two Jeffco school board members seeking re-election this fall will face competition after two last-minute candidates filed the required petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline.
    According to Helen Neal, Jeffco Public Schools’ election coordinator, Matt Van Gieson of Arvada and Erica Shields of Littleton each filed several pages of petition signatures after picking up the petitions Aug. 28. The school district certified Sept. 4 that each candidate met the required 50 verified signatures to get on the ballot.

  • Dahlkemper announces bid for county commissioner seat

    Former Jeffco school board president Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the District 3 seat on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Publicly announced last Friday, Dahlkemper’s campaign comes nearly two and half years after she said she wouldn’t seek a second term as president of the Jeffco school board.

    In an interview Monday, Dahlkemper, a Democrat, said her decision to re-enter politics was not unexpected and stems from a desire to increase her own community involvement.

  • Work begins on West Chatfield Avenue

    There will be a new traffic pattern on West Chatfield Avenue as Jeffco begins work on road improvements between South Pierce Street and South Kendall Boulevard.

    Currently, traffic between South Pierce and South Lamar streets will be driving on the north half of West Chatfield Avenue so that construction can begin on the south half, but traffic patterns are expected to change throughout the various phases of the project.

  • Waste not, want not: South Jeffco student looking to stop food waste at district schools

    For Preston Robertson, the story begins with a Scholastic News magazine.

    While reading the curriculum-connected nonfiction publication last school year at Normandy Elementary School, Preston learned a lot about food waste and became fascinated with discovering ways he could help prevent it.

    “I read about how much food waste there is in America, and then I found out how much there was wasting in our school,” said the 9-year-old, who is a fourth-grader at the South Jefferson County elementary school.

  • Morrison police chief to retire this month

    Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval is retiring from his position at the end of September, and the town is moving forward with plans to hire his replacement.

    Sandoval, who has worked in the profession for more than 47 years, sent his letter of resignation to the town at the end of August.

    “It has been a real pleasure working with all the officers and town employees that were here when I was hired and those officers and employees that were hired since my appointment,” he wrote in the letter.

  • Overheated brakes cause semi fire on U.S. 285 that burns melons

    Overheated brakes are to blame for a semi-truck fire that shut down U.S. 285 in both directions near Highway 8 for several hours Tuesday afternoon.

    According to State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden, the semi carrying 41,000 pounds of watermelons was traveling northbound on U.S. 285 when it caught fire at 11:49 a.m. The Lakewood Police Department, West Metro Fire and State Patrol responded to the incident, and assisted with extinguishing the fire and directing traffic during cleanup.

    While the driver of the semi was not identified, Madden said he was uninjured.

  • Morrison takes first peek at ‘18 budget

    The Morrison town board is taking an initial look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval in November.

    Currently, the town is outlining a nearly $5.4 million spending plan that relies heavily on sales tax and court fines for revenue. In total, the two bring in about $1.4 million for the town.

    The budget plans for general-fund spending of $3.98 million and another $1.38 million for the town’s utility fund. For the general fund, Morrison would require approximately $464,000 from its reserves.