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  • 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. 

  • Vehicle fire closes U.S. 285

    A vehicle fire on Friday afternoon slowed traffic on southbound U.S. 285 between Highway 8 and Parmalee Gulch Road.

    The call came in at 2:21 p.m., according to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol. The fire has since been extinguished in a joint effort by Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and Indian Hills Fire Rescue.

    Dan Hatlestad with Inter-Canyon Fire did not know what caused the fire but said he was unaware of any injuries. However, information from CSP indicates southbound U.S. 285 remains closed at Morrison.  

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  • Indian Hills trying to fix water leak

    As of Tuesday, the Indian Hills Water District has yet to fully resolve a situation that resulted in the loss of 200,000 gallons of water from the district’s storage tanks.

    According to information provided by the district, the district detected a leak on Jan. 10. The water district reportedly located the leak, acquired the necessary permits and utility locates, and began excavating. After excavating three areas on Aztec Road, the district then reported that it could find no sign of leaking water.

  • Crime briefs

    Two men sentenced in 2017 Pine Junction bar fight
    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January 2018 were sentenced to prison on Friday.

  • West Metro trains for surface ice rescues

    A man yells for help from a hole in the ice on Bear Creek Lake. He’s clinging to the ice shelf; his body is cold; he cannot hoist himself out.

    This situation is one that the West Metro Fire Rescue dive team knows how to handle. In fact, it’s precisely what they train for.