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  • How seniors benefit from strength training

    The leaves are just starting to turn and I’m hoping we are getting ready for a colorful and warm fall. Recently, I had a few “seasoned citizens” working out and we were all sharing some laughs as they worked out. I thought it would be a great time to bring attention to all of the wonderful benefits of strength training for seniors.
    The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association have published the following activity recommendations for adults over the age of 65 OR adults ages 50-64 with chronic conditions such as arthritis:

  • Morrison questions development plans in the Rooney Valley

    Development in the Rooney Valley may be inevitable, but the town of Morrison is faced with an important question: Will the development actually be in Morrison? Or will it be disconnected into unincorporated Jefferson County?

    Dozens of community members joined board members at the Morrison Town Hall on Aug. 29 to hear an informal update from Ventana Capital, the real estate investment group representing the ownership of the 300-plus acre property now called Red Rocks Ranch.

  • PCSB race crowded with six candidates

    Park County residents will see a slate of at least six candidates for three Platte Canyon school board seats this fall, including at least two members of local advocacy group Parents and Citizens for Education.

  • Colorado native perks up Aspen Park with new coffee, tea boutique

    The newest shop at Aspen Park is not what you’d expect — it smells like a bakery, containers of espresso beans and tea leaves line the shelves, and there’s an array of mugs, infusers and other goodies for coffee and tea connoisseurs of all flavors.

    But it’s not a coffee shop. And it’s not a teahouse.

    The Bean and the Leaf is a boutique — for those whose coffee and tea predilections veer more toward the local or the exotic, and less toward the mediocre, middle-shelf grocery store selection.

  • Encalada seeking pardon

    Ingrid Encalada, the former Evergreen resident who sought to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, is now seeking a full pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper after a Jeffco district judge denied her motion on Aug. 29 — all in an effort to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her to Peru.

  • PLAN Jeffco celebrates legacy of land preservation

    What better way to celebrate one’s 45th birthday than with bird watching, history tours and biodiversity hikes?

    PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation, celebrated 45 years of achievements during an outdoor celebration Aug. 29 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More than 150 PLAN Jeffco members, Jeffco Open Space volunteers and area residents attended the festivities.

  • Group proposes enclosed space to cover, preserve tracks at Dinosaur Ridge

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is hoping to cover the dinosaur tracks at the Morrison-area site with a viewing facility.

    Representatives from the group presented their ideas to the Jefferson County commissioners at a staff briefing on Aug. 29 and asked for consent to move forward with the formal proposal, as well as the planning and fund-raising processes. The commissioners gave their consent.

  • EPRD discusses cost-of-living raises, time off

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is looking to give employees a 1.1 percent cost-of-living salary or wage increase as part of its 2018 budget, the district proposed during a budget work session on Aug. 29.

    Jason Leslie, the district’s financial controller, said this was in part because the Denver metropolitan area is experiencing a market that favors employees rather than employers. Thus, the district needs to ensure it can bring in and retain quality employees, he said.

  • 19-acre lot near Morrison to be rezoned for housing development

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 during its Aug. 29 board meeting to approve rezoning a lot near Morrison to allow 19 single-family houses to be built there despite recommendations from staff members and the planning commission to deny the request.

    The 19-acre lot in Willow Springs is directly south of U.S. 285, near the intersection with State Highway 8, and is along the Turkey Creek Flood Plain.