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  • Funding, mental health issues dominate school safety panel

    Community leaders and attendees at a recent school safety panel organized by Jeffco Public Schools agreed that more funding is needed for security measures and mental health resources.

    On March 20, a couple hundred people gathered at Lakewood High School to discuss school safety with more than a dozen community leaders, including several area police chiefs, Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader, Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir and John-Michael Keyes of the I Love U Guys Foundation.

  • National group looks for independent candidate in House District 25 race

    The Colorado chapter of Unite America, a grassroots political group that works to get independent candidates elected to state offices, is targeting the 2018 House District 25 race in an effort “bridge the growing partisan divide” both locally and statewide.

    Announced just days before the statewide caucuses March 6, Unite Colorado’s executive director Nick Troiano says the effort stems from what he sees as an opportunity for an independent candidate to take the district.

  • Clinic opens in South Jeffco to serve lower-income women

    A new Jefferson County Public Health clinic in Littleton hopes to serve lower-income women, infants and children.

    The South Jeffco WIC clinic, which is hosting a grand opening celebration March 29 at 11139 Bradford Road in Littleton, will provide free nutrition education, health referrals, healthy food benefits and breastfeeding support to pregnant women, infants, children and their parents with the goal of keeping pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under age 5 healthy.

  • Old Town Historic Overlay District hopes to maintain Morrison’s pizzazz

    It has been more than four decades since Jamee Chambers first began pushing for a way to protect Morrison’s historic buildings and quirky charm.

    She finally has a means of doing so with the unanimous passing of the Old Town Historic Overlay District at Morrison’s March 20 board meeting.

    The plan aims to protect the town’s historic resources by creating rules and regulations for future businesses in downtown Morrison. While current businesses are grandfathered in, the rules apply should they wish to make changes in the future.

  • Morrison candidates gear up for municipal election

    Five of the seven candidates in the Town of Morrison’s municipal election agree that the property for the pending Red Rocks Ranch residential development should be annexed into Jefferson County.

    Another candidate says Morrison should keep control of the property and therefore the development, while the last candidate said she didn’t have enough information to have an opinion.

  • Second suspect charged in last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire

    The second suspect in starting last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire has been charged and will return for a May 7 arraignment in Jefferson County court.

    Riley Costello, 19, is accused of lighting Roman candles while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban and is charged with a class-4 felony of second-degree arson. He appeared in court on Friday for a disposition hearing.

    A class-4 felony carries the potential of two to six years in prison, though prison is not mandatory.

  • Feeling the beat: Colorado natives branch out to open their own music-lesson business

    Dean and Desiree Hirschfield have been music lovers for as long as they can remember. Now after teaching music for years, the Colorado natives have branched out and decided it was time to build a business of their own.

    “We had a lot of big ideas of things we wanted to be able to do and working for another company, you’re kind of limited for what you’re allowed to do,” said Dean, a Chatfield Senior High School graduate.

  • Runner rescued from Deer Creek Canyon Park

    Firefighters with Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District joined forces with Jeffco Open Space, Alpine Rescue Team and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening to rescue an injured runner from Deer Creek Canyon Park.

  • JCSO K-9s are taking a bite out of crime

    As a cavalcade of sheriff’s vehicles pulled up to Dakota Ridge High School, a handful of students walking to class curiously watched the procession and listened to the chorus of barking from the vehicles.

    With a crowd of students from a legal systems class assembled outside, one-by-one, the dogs were brought out to demonstrate their skill sets — obedience, drug detection, bite work, muzzle and apprehension.

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