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  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session.  

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Mallet aforethought

    The genteel game of croquet was the highlight of the evening on Saturday at the second annual Victorian lawn party at the Humphrey History Park and Museum.

    Participants — some dressed in white, reminiscent of lawn parties of old — played rounds of croquet in a friendly tournament to determine a champion. The players were supportive and helped each other out in the game, which can be cutthroat.

  • All about the Beaver Brook Watershed

    “Right now, you’re standing on a success story,” said Jessica Hibbert, seasonal intern for the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    Leading hikers into the Beaver Brook Watershed on a sunny Saturday morning, Hibbert explained that this protected property was at one time at high risk for development.  However, MALT and other agencies worked to preserve 5,700 acres on Squaw Pass Road, which protects a critical watershed and provides recreational opportunities, she said.

  • Kittredge Park improvement project moves forward

    Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade has been selected for the playground improvement project at Kittredge Park, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

    The plan that Schade designed includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for 2- to 12-year-old youngsters. A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in her design. The new equipment will meet ADA standards, Schade noted in her proposal.

  • Kittredge Park improvement project moves forward

    Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade has been selected for the playground improvement project at Kittredge Park, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

    The plan that Schade designed includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for 2- to 12-year-old youngsters. A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in her design. The new equipment will meet ADA standards, Schade noted in her proposal.

  • Jazz Festival set to bring renowned musicians to intimate venues

    From sophisticated stylings to swing tunes with a Texas twang, the 14th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival offers music lovers many listening options this weekend.

    “We’ve got a tremendous amount of variety,” said Jim Reiners, a founder of the festival. “The talent level is just amazing.”