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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding at the Capitol

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.
    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Lemarinel sentenced to life plus 12 years in murder of Littleton man

     A Jefferson County judge sentenced Jordan Lemarinel to life in prison plus 12 years after a 12-member jury in early March found him guilty of murdering a 26-year-old Littleton man. 

  • Motorcyclist killed in Saturday morning accident

    A 23-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday morning after being ejected from his bike on U.S. 285 near Raven Gulch Road in Morrison.

    According to Colorado State Patrol, Emanuel Munoz-Tobon of Englewood was driving southbound on a 2010 Harley Davidson when he changed lanes and began to skid onto the roadway.

    “The rider was essentially ejected from the bike itself, ended up sliding into the dirt shoulder and colliding with a street sign,” said CSP Trooper Josh Lewis.

    Munoz-Tobon was declared dead on scene.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mrs. Draper

  • Legislative session a contentious one

    The 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly ended last week. It was a contentious session that was distracted by sexual harassment allegations, but that ultimately made progress on the highest priority issues.

  • Disassociating from a falling star

    John Newkirk