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  • Health is a priority for the mountain area

    There may be no better way to demonstrate the mountain community’s appreciation for a healthy lifestyle than witnessing families spending time outside on a beautiful day.

    After a week dedicated to encouraging healthy behavior for students, families continued the celebration on May 4 during Eudaimonia’s inaugural mountain-area ninja warrior obstacle course, which served as a fundraiser for local schools.

  • Teaching healthy habits one school at a time

    The Mountain Resource Center and a group of parents at area schools are working hard to help students live healthier lives.

    The Healthy Schools program helps parents create positive change by increasing physical activity, expanding access to fruits and vegetables, and improving their social/emotional learning.

    Parents decide which area they want to focus on and create programs with the MRC’s help. Twelve foothills schools are involved in Healthy Schools, and several have won awards for their work.

  • Kapande thankful, especially this year on Mother’s Day

    Heather Kapande feels lucky, especially this Mother’s Day, because she has two wonderful sons.

    Both of them — Dane, 20, and Troy, 15 — have escaped dangerous situations in their young lives. Kapande wishes she were a superhero who had ways to keep them safe.

    Troy is a student at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Luckily for the family, Troy was home on May 7 when two shooters entered the school, killing one and injuring eight.

  • Jury trial set for ex-Jeffco deputy

    A jury trial has been scheduled for the former Jefferson County Jail deputy accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

    Myriah Lovato, 29, returns to court on Aug. 15 for a motions hearing followed by a five-day jury trial in October. She faces felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree introducing contraband, two counts of second-degree introducing contraband and sexual conduct in a correctional institution.

  • Soda Lakes property owner looking to develop, annex

    A property owner is looking to develop just under 5 acres on Soda Lakes Road in unincorporated Jeffco and annex the land into Morrison.

    No plans are official, but property owner Ranko Mocevic met with the Morrison Town Board on May 7 to discuss plans and gauge its interest. Ideally, Mocevic said he would like to build a boutique hotel but insisted he’s open to whatever the community wants, and said he wants to work with the town to plan.

  • County briefs

    TAP being formed to study downtown Evergreen

    A newly approved grant will allow the county to form a technical advisory panel to study downtown Evergreen.

    The technical panel, coordinated by the Urban Land Institute, will address obstacles and challenges with development or redevelopment of underperforming retail areas, vacant sites or buildings, downtowns or other commercial areas.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Developers meet with community on El Rancho rezoning case

    Dozens of El Rancho community members filled a room at Evergreen Country Day School on May 1 to share their frustration with Jefferson County and developers over a high-density development plan for their neighborhood.

    Moreover, they’re discouraged by the fact that they’re going through the process again less than 10 months after their protests helped kill the project.

  • News Briefs

    Preliminary hearing set for teenage murder suspect

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the 18-year-old charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson.

    Blake Alan Quinlan was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on April 4. He is being held without bond and will return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 19.

  • County briefs

    Jeffco looks to expand enterprise zone

    Jefferson County Economic Development Corp. is looking to expand its enterprise zone to potentially include portions of Kittredge, Idledale and Morrison.