Local News

  • Jeffco district attorney’s office applying for elder abuse grant

    The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office applied for a grant through the United States Office of Violence Against Women that it hopes will eventually provide some of the necessary funding for the Porchlight Family Justice Center.

  • Arraignment set for Morrison man charged with murder

    A Morrison man is scheduled for arraignment in February after being charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old Julene Isaacson last October.

    Jerald Arthur Cross, 64, was arrested Oct. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder after he called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. He appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing and is set to return on Feb. 15 for an arraignment, in which he must enter a plea.

  • Jeffco musicians come together for all-county concert

    Despite a snowy day, talented musicians from middle and high schools across Jefferson County gathered at West Bowles Community Church last Friday for the all-county honor orchestra and band concert.

    The students from different schools were selected to perform in the honor orchestra or band during a November tryout.

  • Morrison’s plan to move utility lines appears less likely

    After a Jan. 15 work session, the town of Morrison has all but officially thrown out a plan to move the town’s commercial and residential utility lines underground.

    The discussion originally began in April 2017 when the board agreed to move forward with a plan to move its downtown overhead utilities underground. Initially, the overhead utilities the town planned to relocate included a segment located on South Park Avenue from Cottage Street to Morrison Road and a segment on Morrison Road from South Park Avenue to Market Street.

  • D’Evelyn, Dennison tackling sixth-grade transition

    Following the sixth-grade transition in Jeffco Public Schools, a task force is recommending D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School also begin serving sixth-grade students.

    The task force, comprised of faculty and parent representatives from both D’Evelyn and its feeder school Dennison Elementary as well as district representatives, began tackling the issue as a response to the district-wide transition.

  • Jeffco Public Schools planning for initial use of 5A funds

    Although Jeffco Public Schools will not finalize its budget until May, discussions about funding options made possible by the successful $33 million mill levy override have begun.

    The school board plans to make a supplemental budget request for funds to be used in the current school year during its Feb. 7 meeting. Additionally, the board will provide initial direction for the use of funds for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Art, elevated: Metal artist from Pine is inspired through natural beauty

    When Michael Mladjan walks through the forest or along the shore of a beach, he pays attention.

    He can easily spend an hour in a small patch of wilderness, noticing nature’s patterns and soaking in the ever-present colors and textures. The intricate detail on a leaf; the swirling petal of a flower; the aging bark of a tree. Mladjan takes it all in, and then he takes it all back to his studio and recreates it with his own unique flair.

    Open an artist’s eyes to the natural world, and inspiration flows.

  • King-Murphy water tank to be cleaned to alleviate high radionuclide levels

    The 10,000-gallon water tank at King-Murphy Elementary School was expected to be cleaned out early this week because experts and district officials believe that will solve the issue of high levels of uranium and gross alpha in the school’s water.

    Based on test results of the school’s self-contained water system, experts with JVA Inc., the firm hired by the district to work on the issue, found that the uranium and gross alpha levels were within acceptable levels in water before it was pumped into the tank and high in water coming out of the tank.

  • Speaker explains how it was more than gold and silver that brought people to Jeffco

    By Lachlan Hyatt
    For the Courier

    Jefferson County was known for being a place for miners to prepare for the trek to the mines and for minerals in addition to gold and silver, a historical mining expert explained at a Conifer Historical Society meeting on Jan. 13.

    While Jefferson County wasn’t directly in the Colorado Mineral Belt, which stretched through a large swath of the Rockies, gold panning and mining were important to Jefferson County’s development, according to Peter Modreski, a geochemist with the U.S. Geographical Survey.

  • Jeffco deputy faces felony charges in connection with employee misconduct

    A former detention deputy with the Jefferson County Jail has been charged with several felonies following a month-long investigation into her alleged misconduct. 

    Myriah Lovato, 29, was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Dec. 22 while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office conducted a criminal investigation. However, according to information from the Sheriff’s Office, she resigned on Jan. 2 before the investigation was complete.