Local News

  • Forest service briefs

    South Platte Ranger District eyeing spots for shooting ranges

    The South Platte Ranger District is considering spots in the Buffalo Creek and Harris Park areas for official outdoor shooting ranges on national forest land.

    Recognizing that the issue is bigger than any one entity, district ranger Brian Banks said the ranger district formed the southern shooting partnership in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and more.

  • Couple working to reopen historic Blue Jay Inn

    Ron Sarrasin first rode past the Blue Jay Inn near Buffalo Creek more than a decade ago, and the historic building immediately caught his eye.

    With its green siding, towering trees and beautiful mountain backdrop, Ron couldn’t get the property out of his mind.

    “We just kept driving by … thinking about it always,” he said.

  • Staunton unveils new visitors center

    May 19 was a day a long time in the making for most of those gathered at Staunton State Park.

    Sunday marked the day the state park’s new visitors center finally opened its doors to the public. The park, which officially opened in 2013, has been looking to construct a visitors center for years. The first 1,720-acre parcel of Staunton State Park land was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton.

  • County continues budget talks

    While Jefferson County continues to face across-the-board budget reductions in 2020, the commissioners hope to include the public in the conversation before deciding a way forward.

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  • 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.

  • Peer counselors at CHS help fellow students cope in a time of need

    When Paloma Murath saw a fellow student at Conifer High School in tears over a breakup, she immediately went over to check on her.

    They weren’t friends, but as part of her training as a peer counselor, Murath learned to open her eyes to those around her.

    “You just feel like you have such a unique purpose in this school when you get to help someone,” the soon-to-be graduate said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.