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  • A cut above the rest: After years of military service, Navy veteran turns to woodworking

    Wood shavings fly through the air at Ben Blakeley’s woodworking shop, illuminated by the glowing beams of evening sun that peep through the open door.

    “Speed is your friend,” Blakeley said, while shavings from his nearly finished wine stopper fell from his whirling lathe and piled on the floor.

    At least three days a week, the Littleton woodworker visits his spot at the Chatfield Mini-Shops. Often, there are tunes playing; and sometimes, he’s joined by his 4-year-old son, Tobin, for whom his newly opened shop was named.

  • New JCPL executive director won’t have to travel far

    For Donna Walker, there’s just something special about a library.

    She was first drawn to libraries as a kid. They became a familiar place to spend time with a good book. As a young adult and mother, libraries became an accessible place filled with important resources.

    Now, as the newly hired executive director for Jefferson County Public Library system — the third-largest in Colorado — she continues to recognize the important role libraries play in a community.

  • Red Rocks wedding chapel rezoned for running store

    Goodbye, weddings; hello, running.

    The Chapel at Red Rocks was sold in April, and it’s on its way to becoming a specialty running store after the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning the property from agricultural to planned development in its July 3 meeting.

    Avid runners Ken Pliska and Deb Spence purchased the spot with plans to turn the existing space into a specialty running store, much like Runners High, the store they already own in Golden.

  • Morrison kickstarts process of extending commercial district

    Morrison officially kickstarted a process that could amend the town’s comprehensive plan and extend the commercial zone district.

    The town board on July 3 unanimously approved a motion to spend approximately $7,022 on the comprehensive plan amendment project, which includes costs for community outreach and adoption.

    “It will be a whole public process — public meetings, public outreach,” Town Manager Kara Winters told the board.

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  • Morrison wants to look at renewable energy options

    One of Morrison Town Board’s goals for the upcoming year is to investigative renewable energy options and incentives for the community.

  • Foothills staff take Bike to Work Day seriously

    By Tayler Shaw
    For the Courier

    Foothills Park & Recreation District staff members took part in their own version of Bike to Work Day at Clement Park on June 27.

    Employees gathered to eat breakfast burritos and have a staff meeting, where they celebrated the district’s successes such as this summer’s Unicorn Festival and Red, White & You. Afterwards, they got on their bikes for an 8-mile ride around the district, traveling on Foothills trails, before then riding to work.

  • Hearing postponed for suspects in murder of D’Evelyn graduate

    A joint preliminary hearing for the three suspects accused in the murder of a D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School graduate earlier this year has been postponed.

    The hearing, initially scheduled for June 27, is now set for Nov. 2, according to Pam Russell with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The judge at that time will decide whether there is enough evidence for the defendants to stand trial.

  • RTD approves cutting Route 85

    The Regional Transportation District’s board of directors approved service changes that will eliminate Route 85, a low-performing bus route that operates between the Littleton Mineral Station and the Park-n-Ride at Ken Caryl Avenue and C-470.

    The changes were approved June 26 but will take effect in August. RTD’s ongoing bus operator shortage and the low number of users on this particular route led to the decision, which affects about 100 passengers a day.

  • Man sentenced to probation after attempting to leave crime scene

    The man who was arrested after using Lyft’s ride-hailing service to leave the scene of a car break-in in South Jeffco was sentenced to probation on June 26.

    Initially, Adam Vultaggio, 27, had a preliminary hearing scheduled that day. Instead, he pleaded guilty and was subsequently sentenced to probation for two of the charges.