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  • 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.

  • County manager working to create understanding between vets and local governments

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.

  • Vets helping vets:

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.