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Today's News

  • Waterton Canyon closed for four days this week

    Denver Water has closed Waterton Canyon to recreational activities for four days this week, until Saturday morning. 

    The closure is part of a dust mitigation program. During the four days, both the canyon and the parking lot are closed. 

  • Students hold day of unity, courage

    Across Jefferson County and the world, hundreds of thousands of kids made white a symbol of courage last week. 

    Students throughout the Jeffco school district, the state and as far away as Europe wore white T-shirts April 25 to recognize a Day Without Hate. The event began in 2007 at Standley Lake High School in Westminster after shootings on the Virginia Tech campus left 32 people dead. 

  • District’s talks with teachers union will enter mediation

    Bargaining representatives from the teachers union and the Jeffco school board will enter mediation, after the board failed to meet the union’s request for a contract extension.

    After declaring an impasse April 7, the Jeffco Education Association told the board in a letter that only a multi-year contract extension would bring teachers back to negotiations. 

  • A business blooms

    Terri Pepper hasn’t stopped to smell the roses in 17 years. She’s been too busy cutting them.

    Pepper opened her own flower shop, Autumn Flourish, with boyfriend Dan Tri after 17 years of arranging flowers and crafting corsages for other companies. Their store on the southeast corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway celebrated its grand opening last week. 

  • Littleton residents left up a tree when grant program gets pruned

    A grant program to help Littleton residents remove trees has been pruned by the city as redundant, but a similar program run by a local nonprofit apparently won’t fill the bill.

    The City Council approved changes to the city’s tree policy on April 15, including the elimination of a grant program for homeowners to remove trees or limbs that have been identified as a public safety concern. 

  • Listen to a story about a man named Jed

    “Follow him to hell!”

    One of the more memorable things from my four springs as a student at Colorado State University was the annual pilgrimage to Fort Collins by a street preacher named Jed. Jed would place himself on the wall between the Social Sciences Building and the library and, at the top of his lungs, harangue any student in earshot about the terrible choices we were all making and the inevitable consequences of our transgressions.

  • ‘Quality’ candidates apply for superintendent

    A number of quality candidates have applied to be Jeffco’s newest school superintendent, Bill Newman of Ray and Associates told the Jeffco school board last Thursday. 

    “We have good numbers in the pool,” Newman said. “We’d like to certainly proceed with the schedule as planned because it looks like it will be a robust pool (of candidates).”

  • 200 West Metro voters get duplicate ballots

    The West Metro Fire Protection District said about 200 voters received two mail-in ballots for the district’s May 6 election. 

    West Metro said the error was caused by variations in names and addresses between a list of registered voters  from the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office and a list of property owners from the county assessor’s office. 

  • Man who fired at deputies during standoff convicted

    A Morrison man who fired shots at Jeffco sheriff’s deputies during an armed standoff last July was  convicted by a jury April 22 of 39 separate charges.

    Ralph Barnhardt, 45, was arrested at his home at 12574 W. Grand Ave. after a domestic violence incident led to the standoff with deputies. 

    According to court documents, Barnhardt and his wife had been separated for two months when he demanded that she and their son go to his home and feed his dogs. The woman and their 10-year-old son went to the house and found Barnhardt there. 

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS TENNIS
    Chatfield runs the table, captures 5A Jeffco League title

    Gabrielle Jones and Catherine Day rallied for a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 victory over Calee White and McKenna Thomas at No. 2 doubles, helping Chatfield to a 4-3 victory over Lakewood on April 21 at Ken-Caryl Ranch House.
    The win secured an 8-0 conference season for the Lady Chargers and a 5A Jeffco League championship.