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  • James holds onto seat on Foothills Park board

    Incumbent Tim James has retained his position on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board of directors, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday evening.

    Of the 1,917 votes cast in the Ward 3 election, James garnered 1,282 votes. His opponent, Sheila Lieder, received 635 votes. Only those living within Ward 3 were eligible to vote. Ward 3 is bounded by C-470 on the west, Belleview Avenue on the north and Kipling Parkway on the east.

  • Restoring faith in body, mind and soul

    In a dimly lit room with soothing music playing in the background, three people stretch, lengthen and breathe, moving their bodies in ways they forgot they could.

    For one hour, the yogis ditch wheelchairs and prosthetics, slowly but surely restoring faith in their bodies with each pose. This is the beauty of adaptive yoga, according to instructor Ashley Curran, who leads the class at Southwest Plaza’s Yoga Joy studio.

    “The mind-body relationship is so powerful,” she said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A farewell to arms

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office dedicating unit to family crimes

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, in addition to increased response from its victim advocates, has established a Family Crimes Unit.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader presented the first-quarter 2018 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ May 1 hearing, stating that the unit became fully functional in January. It has four investigators and a sergeant dedicated to handling crimes involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault by a family member or acquaintance, human trafficking and elder abuse.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mrs. Draper

  • Wheat Ridge, Jeffco searching for car theft suspect

    The Wheat Ridge Police Department and Jeffco Sheriff’s Office are working to locate a second suspect accused of stealing a car in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday morning that later crashed into a parked car in the 6000 block of West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Around 9 a.m. May 2, the departments were notified by OnStar of a stolen 2015 Buick Encore. The vehicle was stolen from a home in the 4700 block of Robb Street in Wheat Ridge, according to Sara Spaulding, spokeswoman with the Wheat Ridge Police Department.

  • Parks briefs

    Foothills working with local design group on park projects

    Foothills Park and Recreation District is officially putting money from the newly passed mill levy increase to work.

    As such, the board of directors last week approved an amended agreement to spend $95,170 to work with local design group Architerra Group in the first year of its new capital program. Foothills has worked with the South Jeffco-based landscape design company on previous projects.

  • Volunteers collaborate on Earth Day projects at Bear Creek Lake Park

    Nearly a week after Earth Day, volunteers gathered at Bear Creek Lake Park to take part in a series of volunteer projects.

    Last Saturday, one group cleared litter from the park grounds; another helped with stream bank and riparian restoration on the Bear Creek Greenbelt; yet another helped with cleanup and fire mitigation along Bear Creek; and a final worked at the visitors’ center, planting and doing trail work.

    The work is important, but perhaps particularly so for City of Lakewood Parks, a small department that relies heavily on volunteers.

  • Cap and gown bound: Dakota Ridge High School senior prepares for next steps

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    As Leslie Alvarez worked a challenging integral in the library of Dakota Ridge High School, her face lit up when she realized she knew the answer.

  • Recommendation on Red Rocks Ranch rezoning postponed — again

    Another long meeting led to another postponed recommendation on rezoning Red Rocks Ranch.

    The Rooney Valley Commission, made up of representatives from Lakewood and Morrison, opted to postpone its decision for a second time after more than four hours of public comment, questions and discussion on April 25. The commission will reconvene May 17 at Red Rocks Elementary to ask additional questions and make a recommendation on the rezoning.