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  • Morrison working on ‘clean up’ annexation

    Morrison is working on two annexation projects, one of which could provide jurisdictional clarity and include a small piece of property on Highway 8 into town limits.

    If approved, the Highway 8 annexation project, which has been in the works since 2006, would include the portion of the road from the new Town of Morrison sign and moving east toward the Conoco gas station near the C-470 intersection.

  • Jeffco Briefs

    JCOS receives Starburst Award

    Jeffco Open Space received a Starburst Award for its work on the segment of the Peaks to Plain Trail that’s in Clear Creek Canyon.

    The award, which was presented during the Jeffco commissioners’ Nov. 13 hearing, is given by the Colorado Lottery. The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize entities making good use of lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation to enhance a community’s environment. Clear Creek County Open Space also won the award for the joint project.

  • Santa’s Village prep begins long before the festivities kick off

    Weeks before Santa’s Village opened to the public, Chatfield Farms staff were hard at work preparing the festive fun.

    There were lights to hang; small buildings on Elf Boulevard to embellish; and holiday decorations to put up. Behind the scenes, the work is plentiful, and it begins long before the holiday season. In fact, the first part of the puzzle starts back in the spring when Denver Botanic Gardens staff decides on a color scheme and a plan for the holiday lights.

  • County commissioners approve $586.4 million budget

    Last week, the Jeffco commissioners approved a $586.4 million budget that looks largely the same as it did about a month ago when it was first presented publicly.

    Salaries and benefits continue to be the primary expense for the county. At $268.5 million, the category marks a 4 percent increase from last year. Furthermore, this amount has gone up since the first public hearing on Oct. 16 due to final adjustments to the total personnel cost calculation and other minor revisions.

  • Community members prepare baskets for families in need

    Nearly 30 years ago, a group of people met in Jim Cronin’s family room and assembled baskets full of Thanksgiving food for 12 families.

    Since that day, the project has taken on a life of its own. Each year, more and more people gather to pack more and more baskets. After the first year, they moved to Cronin’s front lawn. And this year, hundreds gathered at Abiding Hope Church in South Jeffco to pack some 1,200 baskets with nearly $50,000 worth of food, including discounted items from Walmart and tons of donated potatoes from Hi-Land Potato Co. in Monte Vista.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Casper-napped!

  • Just a guy? No, he’s a hero

    Ron Woitalewicz doesn’t consider himself a hero, but the Jeffco Schools Foundation sure does.

    Earlier this week, the Dakota Ridge High School head football coach — affectionately known by most as “Woj” — was among the teachers and students honored at the annual Jeffco Hero Awards ceremony. According to the foundation, the students and teachers that win must exemplify character, leadership and strength.

  • New senior living facility offers luxury to residents

    There is a new senior living facility in town, but you’d probably have to read the sign to recognize it as such.

  • Jeffco Schools prepping to launch new enrollment system

    In mid-December, Jeffco Public Schools is set to launch EnrollJeffco, a new system meant to provide ease and equity in the enrollment process.

    The new program is two-fold and will include a school finder tool and a common application and enrollment system. The school finder will be available Dec. 17.

    EnrollJeffco, which will be used for parents to sign up for a neighborhood school, apply to a different school or indicate a decision to return to the same school, will be open from Jan. 22 to Feb. 8.

  • Kendallvue Elementary celebrates veterans during school ceremony

    As the U.S. Navy’s official song reverberated through the gymnasium at Kendallvue Elementary School, Joey Groneman held onto the hand of her father, William Flint, who served in the Navy many years ago.

    Groneman celebrated her father’s service as he watched intently from his wheelchair.

    “We couldn’t miss it,” Groneman said of the Veterans Day ceremony hosted by her daughter’s elementary school last Friday.