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  • Town of Morrison hires interim police chief

    There’s a new face at the helm of the Morrison Police Department.

    George Mumma, a former senior investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is now serving as the interim chief of the police department. The town officially hired him Oct. 10 after former chief Rudy Sandoval retired in late September.

  • Morrison’s Forest of Doom incites fear, the spirit of Halloween

    Imagine taking a walk down a dimly lit, wooded path on a chilly, fall night. For many, the thought alone would incite fear.

    Add in spooky props and actors in bloodied makeup and ripped costumes, who feed off the fear of those who dare to venture down the trail. Then you’ll have the Forest of Doom.

    The haunted trail on North Turkey Creek Road in Morrison was founded last year by Ryse Bush, a Morrison resident and Halloween lover.

  • The making up of Frankenstein

    Frankenstein’s monster wouldn’t be the same without the right makeup and costume.

    That’s true with Evergreen High School’s production of “Frankenstein,” a new adaptation of the original work by Mary Shelley. Sophomore Alex Weary is in charge of the actors’ makeup for the show that’s just right for Halloween, and junior Angelica Walters is the costume mistress. They are vital to the show just like the actors, director, stage and lighting crew.

  • Lesson Plans: Sixth-grader spends a day as principal at King-Murphy

    King-Murphy Elementary School’s new principal — if only for a day — had a whirlwind agenda on Thursday.

    Sixth-grader John Shriner’s day began with bus duty, followed by checking external doors to make sure they were locked, attending a meeting with the specials teachers to discuss the International Baccalaureate curriculum, visiting classrooms and talking with students. He also met with representatives from the PTA and student council, and he supervised a fire drill, recess and afternoon bus duty.

  • JCSO’s detention deputies graduate

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series.

    After a long day of classes at the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s detention deputy academy, recruit Casey Buell-Schoenman was excited to go to his son’s karate class with his wife Ari.

    For the Buell-Schoenman family, who live in the Lakewood area, the 10-week academy has gone by fast.

  • Jeffco’s 2018 proposed budget raises concerns

    Jeffco has proposed another budget in which its expenditures are outpacing its revenues, which the commissioners stressed is not sustainable.

    “Do we forego long-term stability for short-term gain?” Commissioner Don Rosier asked Oct. 17 at a Jeffco Board of County Commissioners formal hearing on the 2018 proposed budget. “Everybody needs to be on that same page when we go through (the budget).”

  • Evergreen CBD-based business granted rezoning approval

    Despite negative public comments, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved rezoning a property on Bryant Drive in Evergreen to allow a plant oil-extraction business.

    Hammer Enterprises makes products with cannabidiol hemp oil, a form of plant-oil extraction. There is no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, in its product or on the premises at 30616 Bryant Drive, which is in one of only two areas in Evergreen that is recommended for industrial use.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Schultz’s arraignment continued until November

    The arraignment for Richelle Schultz, a former Jefferson County Human Services employee, has been continued until Nov. 27.

    Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury,

    Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare caseworker with the county.

  • Inter-Canyon hires consulting firm for 2018 election prep

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District may try for a mill levy increase in the 2018 election, but first, the department must formulate a plan to gauge taxpayers’ receptiveness.

    In order to do so, the board of directors has for months been discussing hiring an outside consulting firm. After some discussion at its Oct. 11 meeting, the board unanimously voted to hire Turn Corps, a Denver-based political consulting firm, to help with election preparation.