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  • Deputies’ experience as veterans helps them connect with inmates, each other

    As Deputy Russell Montanio started the session, he reminded the participating inmates that what happens in the group stays in the group.

    While two-thirds of the inmates in the Jeffco jail’s veterans unit went to recreation, about six or seven stayed with Montanio and began their Moral Reconation Therapy session.

    As the men talked, it became evident that, while they were wearing different uniforms now, they wore similar uniforms before — in the United States military.

  • Jail's veterans unit provides inmates with sense of purpose, direction

    The bang of the jail cell door was enough to jolt some of the veterans from a deep sleep and catapult them back to combat.

    “At night, the loud pop of the door opening would scare a lot of us. Or we’d be asleep, and we’d just wake up panicked. It’s kind of stressful,” said Hondo Underwood, a Marine Corps veteran and one of the first inmates to be part of the Jeffco jail’s veterans unit.

  • Education briefs

    Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

    Eight Southwest Jeffco schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

    New principals:

    • Gene Lewis, Bradford K-8

    Scott Christy, Columbine High School

    •Josh Griffin, D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

    • Ryan Lucas, Governor’s Ranch Elementary School

    • Barb Boillot (interim), Powderhorn Elementary School

    • Dawn Morgan (interim), Ute Meadows Elementary School

  • Morrison repeals more stringent noise ordinance

    For several months, the Morrison Police Department has actively enforced the town’s noise ordinance. So far, it’s working.

    So much so that Chief George Mumma on June 5 asked the board to repeal a more stringent noise ordinance that was enacted in March and set to go into effect last Sunday if enforcement of its current ordinance proved unsuccessful.

    The board listened and unanimously repealed the ordinance with the understanding that noise enforcement will continue.

  • News briefs

    West Metro amends 2018 budget

    West Metro Fire Rescue amended its 2018 budget during the board’s May meeting to account for unanticipated funds and to make a correction.

  • Robinson highlights infrastructure, education
  • Renovations made at Swedish SW ER

    In a day when freestanding emergency departments pop up frequently, Swedish Southwest ER remains a South Jeffco community staple.

    The emergency room, which opened 13 years ago, recently was renovated to update the facility and provide more room for patients.

    Among other things, the $2 million project included new flooring, painting and signage as well as a new triage room. Work began in September 2017 and wrapped up two weeks ago.

  • Beer garden opens a stone’s throw from Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Nestled in a quaint cottage on a shady parcel in Morrison is a new beer garden serving solely Colorado beers.

    Since first opening its doors in April, Red Rocks Beer Garden is working to find its footing in hopes of becoming the go-to place for hikers, visitors, locals, dog lovers and concert-goers alike.

    “We wanted to be a place people would come beforehand,” owner Paul Thompson said of his business’ relationship with the famous concert venue.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office’s volunteer reserves lend a helping hand

    If you spot him working security at the Jeffco courthouse, Don Spears looks just like any other Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

    And when it comes to training, he pretty much is. But unlike other Jeffco deputies, Spears is not paid to be there. He’s part of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy program, though, visually, nothing sets him apart other than a small reserve patch on the shoulder of his dark green uniform.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.