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  • Former Morrison police officer sentenced to prison

    The former second-in-command at the Morrison Police Department was sentenced to prison Thursday morning.
    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, pleaded guilty in December to four felony counts of embezzlement, attempt to influence a public servant, theft and forgery. He will spend 42 months in prison.

  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found non-responsive

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an inmate, who was found non-responsive in her cell early Thursday morning.

    Jennifer Marie Brooks, the 46-year-old Bailey resident who reportedly led Jeffco Sheriff's deputies on a chase that shut down U.S. 285 for about an hour last July, was found non-responsive with a trash bag over her head in her cell at the Jefferson County Detention Facility.

  • 2018 legislative update: Bills to watch
  • Bill to allow concealed weapons on school grounds fails in committee

    A GOP bill that would have allowed concealed carry on Colorado school grounds was lost in committee last Wednesday after House Democrats rejected the measure in a 6-3 vote along party lines.

  • Chilly weather doesn’t deter Winterfest attendees

    Despite high winds and cold temperatures, attendees at Conifer’s sixth annual Winterfest celebration were undeterred in their snow tubing and snowman-carving efforts on Saturday.

    Armed with hats and gloves, shovels and sunglasses, and laughter galore, folks came from all over to take a literal stab at a dozen large blocks of snow dotting the courtyard of the Aspen Park Village Shopping Center.

    For Team Blizzard, helmed by Harlan Gale, 8, of Pine Junction, the snowman-carving contest was almost a completely new experience.

  • Bizbeat: Blue Quill Angler upgrades building, continues fly-fishing tradition

    Blue Quill Angler in Bergen Park, in business for 30 years, has new energy.

    The store, which specializes in everything fly-fishing, including classes and guided trips, has gone through a transformation with new flooring, a changing room and display cases.

    “We have upgraded 110 percent,” said store manager Cody Scott, an Evergreen native. “But most importantly, we are the same shop with the same crew” of instructors, salespeople and guides.

  • Teacher’s love of literacy will live on

    A former Marshdale Elementary School teacher’s love of literacy will live on in the school’s library.

    On Saturday, the school dedicated a reading loft to Denise Capretta, a beloved teacher who died on Feb. 5, 2017, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Those who spoke at the dedication talked about her passion for teaching children, especially reading. Several staff members read from books that they said embodied her spirit.

  • Memory Café provides community for memory-loss patients

    Glenn Wallace considers himself one of the lucky ones.

    Even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 14 years ago, Wallace is still high-functioning. But, he said it’s essential for him and others with Alzheimer’s to talk to one another to find out how their experiences differ.

    “Because it’s the only way to get a full picture of what’s going on,” Wallace said.

  • Jeffco elementary students display creativity at annual art show

    Whether it’s aspen trees, unicorns, swirls of color or self portraits, local elementary school students have an eye for both the real and imaginary.

    Last Friday, they got to share their creative visions with family, friends and fellow artists.

    More than 1,000 students’ artwork is now on display at Red Rocks Community College’s Lakewood campus as part of the Jeffco Schools Foundation Elementary Art Exhibition. Every Jeffco elementary school participated with an average of 12 pieces in the show.

  • Jeffco supports bill for online-only publication of fiscal information

    Jeffco Commissioner Tina Francone told the Colorado State Senate on Feb. 14 that she and her fellow commissioners support a bill that would no longer require counties to publish full financial reports in newspapers.

    Instead, counties would only have to publish a link in the newspaper that would take readers to the corresponding information on the counties’ websites.