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  • Vision 2030 Master Plan outlines goals for Foothills

    A newly approved master plan aims to guide Foothills Park and Recreation District for the next 12 years.

    Foothills executive director Ron Hopp brought the draft Vision 2030 Master Plan before the board in March. After months of review, the final version was unanimously approved at the board’s June 26 board meeting.

  • Inaugural Ken-Caryl Family Ninja Warrior Challenge deemed a success

    Ninjas took to Ken-Caryl’s Heirloom Park on Saturday for a morning full of family, fitness and fun.

    Fitness coordinator Janet Robbins came up with the idea for the Ken-Caryl Family Ninja Warrior Challenge, which included a variety of obstacle course-style activities in the park as well as a short run to the community center pool for a final station in the water.

  • Everett defeated in GOP primary for state treasurer

    State Rep. Justin Everett lost his bid for Colorado treasurer last week after businessman Brian Watson defeated him by just 1.09 percent points in the Republican primary election on June 26.

    While Everett bested Watson by 3.19 percent among Jeffco voters, he trailed Watson by 4,900 votes in the overall tally. Watson ultimately won the election with 37.99 percent of the vote compared to Everett’s 36.9 percent.

    Everett called Watson just after noon June 27 to concede the race.

  • Polis, Stapleton to square off in contentious governor’s race

    Democrat Jared Polis will face Republican Walker Stapleton in the race for Colorado governor in November after easily winning the Democratic primary election on June 26.

    Defeating former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne with 44.43 percent of the vote statewide, Polis’ win marks the beginning of the end of a race that once boasted 34 candidates from six different major and minor parties, and a eight candidates on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots.

  • Incumbent DeGette defeats progressive Rao in CD 1 primary

    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, who represents Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, will have another shot at keeping her seat in Congress this fall after defeating challenger Sairo Rao in last week’s primary election.

    DeGette, an 11-term Democrat, bested Rao with 68.27 percent of the vote over Rao’s 31.73 percent. Jeffco voters overwhelmingly picked DeGette over Rao with DeGette winning 73.32 percent of the vote as compared with Rao’s 26.68 percent.

  • Two roads closed in Morrison while responders rescue man stranded on rock outcropping

     Mount Vernon Avenue and Market Street in Morrison were closed as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday closed while West Metro Fire Rescue works to rescue a man stuck on a rock outcropping. 

    The man has not been identified, but first responders climbed the rock fixtures that line Mount Vernon Avenue to reach him. 

  • Man found deceased in trunk had been missing since May

    The man found dead in the trunk of a car in South Jeffco last Thursday went missing in Lakewood on May 9, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Dean Clark Wallis, 51, was discovered in the trunk of a white Ford Focus parked at 3505 S. Nelson Circle near the intersection of U.S. 285 and Kipling Street in Lakewood. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the car was parked across the street from an apartment complex along a road where cars frequently park.  

  • Second Unicorn Festival deemed a success

    By Tayler Shaw
    For the Courier

    A medieval castle maze was the most popular spot at the second annual Unicorn Festival on Saturday at Clement Park.
    Following in popularity were the mermaid lagoon, the unicorn petting zoo, the Disney princesses and the huge inflatable unicorn that attracted attendees trying to find some shade.
    Thousands of people of all ages attended the festival, which organizer Dana Cain said reminds people of “the belief that the world is a magical place where all things are possible.

  • Dinosaur Ridge hosts dinosaurs at Brontos & Brews Festival

    Dinosaur Ridge momentarily transformed back into the land before time, as tyrannosaurus rexes, iguanodons, triceratopses, velociraptors and at least one parasaurolophus took over the parking lot for a dance party.

    As part of its attempt to create a world record for the most people dressed in dinosaur costumes, Dinosaur Ridge hosted about 45 people on June 16 channeling their inner Mesozoic Era-creatures during the Brontos & Brews Festival.

  • Jury duty deception hits Jefferson County residents

    Jeffco residents should give no credence if a law enforcement officer calls them, says they’ve missed jury duty and there’s a warrant out for their arrest, but that they can simply pay a fine to make it go away.
    Because, if they receive such a call, it’s a scam, officials say.