http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Nostalgic songs bring smiles to Willowbrook Place residents http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/nostalgic-songs-bring-smiles-willowbrook-place-residents <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-willowbrook01-ds-011917.jpg" alt="Josh Brookstein performs to the delight of Walter and Ardith, two residents of Willowbrook Place." title="Josh Brookstein performs to the delight of Walter and Ardith, two residents of Willowbrook Place." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Smiles lit up Willowbrook Place last week when Josh Brookstein played classic tunes by John Denver, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.</span></p> <p> The joy in the room was palpable as Willowbrook residents, all of whom have Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease or some form of dementia, sat enthralled, tapping their toes, bobbing their heads and singing along.</p> <p> &ldquo;&hellip; The power of music is amazing,&rdquo; said Brookstein, a Broomfield resident who performs at the South Jeffco memory care facility twice a month.</p> Former medical director at jail sues Correct Care over 2014 firing http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/former-medical-director-jail-sues-correct-care-over-2014-firing <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A former medical director at the Jeffco jail is suing his former employer, Correct Care Solutions LLC, for wrongful termination after testifying in a 2014 case involving a past inmate who suffered a stroke while incarcerated.</span></p> <p> Dr. James Brill was first hired as the Jeffco jail&rsquo;s medical director in September 2011 and was an employee of Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company contracted to provide medical services to inmates.</p> Ex-inmate sues county, Correct Care claiming lack of medical attention http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/ex-inmate-sues-county-correct-care-claiming-lack-medical-attention <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A former Jeffco jail inmate is suing Jefferson County, the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office and the jail&rsquo;s medical provider, Correct Care Solutions LLC, over stomach ulcers he developed because of an alleged lack of medical attention.</span></p> Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-school-board-votes-search-new-superintendent <p> The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.</p> <p> Citing weaknesses in McMinimee&#39;s performance &mdash; including his communication skills and management expertise &mdash; as well as a lack of trust among the &ldquo;district&#39;s constituents,&rdquo; school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools &ldquo;to the next level.&rdquo;</p> Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/protesters-rally-against-rooney-valley-rezoning <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-dinosaurridgeprotest06-cb-011817.jpg" alt="Adiah Kane, 11, dressed in a dinosaur costume, was among demonstrators at the Taj Mahal last week protesting impending development near Dinosaur Ridge." title="Adiah Kane, 11, dressed in a dinosaur costume, was among demonstrators at the Taj Mahal last week protesting impending development near Dinosaur Ridge." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, &ldquo;No car dealerships, no rezoning&rdquo; &mdash; all to protest a rezoning application that would have allowed auto dealerships, hotels and retail on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.</p> Lockheed Martin will build spacecraft for mission to study primordial asteroids http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lockheed-martin-will-build-spacecraft-mission-study-primordial-asteroids <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lucy-spacecraft.jpeg" alt="An artist’s rendering of the Lucy spacecraft as it flies by an asteroid." title="An artist’s rendering of the Lucy spacecraft as it flies by an asteroid." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for a NASA mission to study asteroids near Jupiter.</span></p> <p> One of NASA&rsquo;s two new Discovery Program missions, the Lucy spacecraft will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun in tandem with the gas giant. Lucy will launch in 2021 to study six individual asteroids, according to a Lockheed Martin news release.</p> Jefferson County’s elected officials take the oath of office http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jefferson-county%E2%80%99s-elected-officials-take-oath-office <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/weir-with-family2-size.jpg" alt="Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir takes the oath of office Tuesday at the courthouse in Golden." title="Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir takes the oath of office Tuesday at the courthouse in Golden." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Running for public office can be an arduous process for those in the race, but oftentimes a candidate&rsquo;s family also bears the burden of a campaign.</span></p> <p> Acknowledging and thanking friends and family members for their commitment and dedication through Election Day was a common theme for many of Jeffco&rsquo;s elected officials during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Jeffco courthouse in Golden.</p> Attempted break-in reported at South Jeffco gun shop http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/attempted-break-reported-south-jeffco-gun-shop <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/17-01_pic_1.jpg" alt="A suspect in an attempted break-in at a South Jeffco gun store is seen on surveillance footage." title="A suspect in an attempted break-in at a South Jeffco gun store is seen on surveillance footage." align="left" hspace="6" width="202" height="85" /><p> Burglars attempted to enter a South Jeffco guns and ammunition store about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but nothing was stolen.</p> <p> The Jeffco Sheriff&rsquo;s Office was notified of an alarm at Denver Guns and Ammo early Thursday. By the time deputies arrived at the store, at 8250 W. Coal Mine Ave., the perpetrators had fled.</p> <p> The perpetrators allegedly attempted to break in to the store by smashing two windows, but they apparently were unsuccessful.</p>