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Today's News

  • Mother charged with vehicular homicide in crash that killed 2-year-old daughter

    A Westminster mother has been charged with vehicular homicide after she reportedly caused a crash on Interstate 70 that killed her 2-year-old daughter and injured herself and two others.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, has had charges filed against her for an Aug. 10 crash on I-70 between the Genesee and Lookout Mountain exits. Maestas was allegedly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of the crash.

  • Morrison Police vehicle totaled in early morning accident

    Icy roads caused an early morning accident that totaled a Morrison Police Department vehicle.

    According to a press release, an unidentified Morrison officer was on westbound C-470 near Morrison Road helping a driver involved in a one-car accident due to icy road conditions at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. The car slid against the center median barrier.

    While walking from the marked Ford Explorer to the driver’s car, a silver pickup truck lost control and struck the Morrison police vehicle from behind. The accident totaled the car, but no one was injured.

  • 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.