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  • SW Plaza, Jeffco Public Health partner on Double Bucks program

    The weekly summer farmers market at Southwest Plaza is working with Jeffco Public Health to provide fresh produce to low-income individuals at a discounted cost.

    They’re doing so through the Double Up Food Bucks program, a statewide partnership led by LiveWell Colorado that allows customers to receive a dollar to spend on Colorado-grown fruits or vegetables when they spend a SNAP dollar on any eligible item at a participating farmers market. They can receive up to $20 per trip to the market.

  • Morrison residents hoped for town vote – and they got it

    Even though the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning Red Rocks Ranch for residential and commercial development on May 31, the issue isn’t over yet.

    More than 50 Morrison residents signed a petition to put the rezoning on the ballot, and the Morrison Town Board unanimously agreed on Tuesday with the election to be held on Nov. 6.

  • Family and friends remember 17-year-old Dakota Ridge student

    Nothing could slow Christian Friedrichsen down.

    Until his last day on Earth, Christian, a 17-year-old Dakota Ridge High School student, was determined to fight and, perhaps more importantly, to truly live. Despite a cancer diagnosis and routine chemotherapy treatments, he played football; went to prom; snowboarded; and spent months restoring Clifford, his big red Jeep.

  • RTD pondering slashing bus route

    RTD is considering eliminating 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 idea, which would affect about 100 passengers a day, stems from the transportation district’s ongoing bus operator shortage as well as the low number of users on this particular route.

    “The economy is going so well. It’s just really hard to hang on to good bus operators,” said David Menter, senior service planner for RTD’s west team.

  • Jeffco Library narrows candidates for executive director position

    A room full of Jefferson County Public Library supporters and staff came armed with questions Monday evening at a public forum where they met the four contenders for the library system’s open executive director role.

    Last November, current executive director Pam Nissler, who has been with JCPL since 2009, announced plans to retire this summer.

    The four finalists for her replacement include:

    • Midori Clark, director of community relations, development and strategic initiatives with Pueblo City-County Library District in Pueblo.

  • 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.