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Today's News

  • Local racer barely misses out on first NHRA victory

    MORRISON — Although every active weekend at Bandimere Speedway promises plenty of thrills, local Idledale Super Gas driver Morgan Minor finished off perhaps the most thrilling weekend of his racing career at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals race after narrowly missing out on his first national victory.
    “We had a great weekend,” Minor, 50, said. “It was such an exciting experience to make it to the final round at my home race track. Definitely my best race ever.”

  • Our Readers Write

    Working to be bipartisan
    Editor:
    Some questions have come to my mind and might have come to yours:  What does it mean to be a leader? A senator? A representative of the people? A  
    servant of the people? A caretaker for the people? A person in this world?
    Such questions have, I hope, occupied our senators and congressmen — and president — on more than a few occasions while in their elected positions. They would be large questions for anyone, but especially for the political leaders in our country.

  • A tribute to an American maverick

    Millions of Americans have Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on their minds as he again fights for his life. This time, he is battling a brain tumor. I admit that he is my favorite among modern-day politicians. He is a war hero, a maverick who is driven by his conscience, and a father figure who demonstrates exceptional character. You have to love his self-deprecating communication style.

  • The shaping of a journalist, staff

    I woke up Saturday morning to the news of the passing of Jim Vance. Who you may ask? Let me explain.
    Vance, for as long as I can remember, was the news anchor for NBC4, the local affiliate in Washington, D.C. The 75-year-old started at WRC-TV in 1969, two years before I was born. He was one of the first African-Americans to sit in the news anchor chair. No, he doesn’t have a nationally recognizable name like Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather or Peter Jennings, but he was a staple in Washington, D.C., television news.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Inquiring mind wants to know

  • Former Morrison officer arrested, facing 29 counts of theft, forgery

    A former Morrison police officer was arrested July 18 after being indicted on 29 counts of theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.
    Between December 2010 and February 2016, Anthony Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the Town of Morrison through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund,” according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

  • Preliminary hearing set in Brooks case

    A preliminary hearing will be held 9 a.m. on Aug. 15 for the woman accused of driving erratically and starting a police chase that shut down southbound U.S. 285 for about an hour recently.
    Around noon on July 10, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a green Jeep Cherokee swerving in northbound traffic near Wagon Trail. Deputies Gary Whitesides and Brian Spery were dispatched to the scene. Whitesides began following the vehicle at South Turkey Creek Road, where the driver made an abrupt U-turn and began traveling southbound.

  • Just hangin’ around: Tree Climbing Colorado hopes to shape perspective through recreational tree climbing

    Way up in a tree, among the leaves, branches and bark, many find a changed perspective.

    That’s part of the reason why Harv Teitelbaum of Tree Climbing Colorado climbs, and it’s that very sense of connectivity and perspective that he hopes to convey to those who climb with his company.

    “It’s the perspective,” he said. “We know a tree from a couple feet up usually. You get up there, and it opens up this whole other country in the canopy.”

  • Family Justice Center being planned in Jeffco

    The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office and more than 45 partner agencies have announced they plan to launch a Family Justice Center for Jefferson and Gilpin counties to be a one-stop center to provide service to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sex trafficking.

    According to a presentation Wednesday morning at the Jeffco Government Center, the goal of the center is to provide victims with a community, and easy and convenient access to any and all services they need.

  • Outdoors columnist Sylvia Brockner publishes birding book

    Anyone wanting to learn about area birds need look no further than Sylvia Brockner’s new book.

    Brockner, who was the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for more than 45 years, has published “Mountain Birds of Colorado: A Layman’s Guide to Birdwatching in Colorado’s Mountain Areas.” The 104-page book is compiled using parts of the more than 2,200 columns she wrote for the paper.