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Today's News

  • It didn’t rain on this parade (of grads)

    When Rebeca Musina walked across the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, her family jumped to its feet, blowing air horns and waving large posters baring Musina’s smiling face.

    “We’re a big close-knit Romanian family,” said Musina’s aunt, Cecilia Guraliuc, who came up with the idea for the posters.

    “We thought we’d embarrass her a little,” Guraliuc added with a smile.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve hiring 28 more deputies

    The Jeffco commissioners have given preliminary approval for the Sheriff’s Office to hire 28 more deputies — six in patrol, 22 in the jail — and have $400,000 more in overtime for 2018.
    Formal approval to adjust JCSO’s 2018 budget to include these items will be a consent agenda item at an upcoming Board of County Commissioners hearing.
    At a March 13 staff briefing, Sheriff Jeff Shrader asked the commissioners for an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand.

  • West Metro partners with DispatchHealth to provide in-home treatment

    Residents in West Metro Fire Protection District may be able to avoid a trip to the emergency room thanks to West Metro’s new partnership with DispatchHealth, a Denver-based startup that provides in-home care for patients.

    The service, which kicked off Monday, is ideal for those who need medical attention that’s not emergent and can be provided by an emergency room-certified nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. It’s also one that West Metro believes will save money and provide convenience for district residents.

  • Columbine Knolls celebrates new pool house

    After more than 50 years, Columbine Knolls Recreation District has a new building for community members, recreation district staff and pool users to enjoy.

    Acquired in part with a $300,000 Jefferson County Open Space grant, the brand new building features a community room for homeowners’ association and recreation district board meetings, a spacious office for recreation district executive director Brett Rodewald, a room for lifeguards, updated locker rooms and more. It complements the new water slide and wooden shelter, which were both added to the facility in 2014.

  • Cap and gown bound: One experience shaped the future for D’Evelyn grad

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

    Participating in the Challenged Athletes Foundation triathlon in 2016 changed the course for Danny Terry, a recent D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School graduate.

  • Rooney Valley Commission recommends rezoning Red Rocks Ranch

    The Rooney Valley Commission voted to recommend approval of rezoning Red Rocks Ranch, a proposed development at the northeast corner of C-470 and Morrison Road, at the conclusion of last Thursday’s third public hearing.

  • Morrison installs noise ordinance signs

    Morrison has installed multiple signs warning of the town’s noise ordinance as part of a continuing crackdown on vehicle noise.

    After being instructed by the town board to actively enforce the ordinance, Morrison Police Chief George Mumma installed the signs. There are red signs warning of the noise ordinance, as well as digital signs asking motorcyclists to idle through town. The department is following a policy similar to Golden’s noise ordinance.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Why don’t you never call?

  • Star Wars-themed laser tag takes over Columbine Library

    The Force was strong with local teens last week as they ran around the library, laser guns in hand.

    Columbine Library hosted about 30 youngsters for its Teens After Dark: Star Wars Laser Tag event last Friday, which was organized by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

    Their only hope, TAB members said, was to help local teens become active in the library, engage with their community, encourage creativity and have fun with other teens.

  • Jeffco food drive a ‘godsend’ for local nonprofits

    Four tons, or 8,000 pounds of food.

    That’s enough to feed one person for four years, or 2,000 people for a day.

    And it’s the goal that the county’s staff members have set for themselves — to raise 8,000 pounds of food for nonprofits as part of their 24th annual Food and Cash Drive.

    The drive runs through May 25 and will benefit four nonprofits across Jeffco, including Evergreen Christian Outreach, or EChO, and the Holy Family Center Food Pantry at South Jeffco’s Light of the World Catholic Church.