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  • Climbing the wall: Kids get lateral with a new fun-filled apparatus at DCES

    It’s one of those things you don’t expect to see in an elementary school. In fact, you don’t really expect to see a climbing wall in any mountain area school — and yet, there it is: Eight feet tall, 21 feet long, and covered with painted mountains and lots of children clamoring with amusement and glee.

    Fully installed in mid-January, Deer Creek Elementary’s new traverse climbing wall was four years in the making and the dream of physical education teacher Shawn Flores.

  • Local authors’ book engages Marshdale students about national parks, science

    What happens if — like the characters in “Path to the Thunderbird” — you stumble upon a riddle that includes GPS coordinates? Could you find the location on a map? Could you calculate the distance between two points a degree and a minute apart?

    Marshdale Elementary fourth-graders probably could after talking with authors Sara Miller and Pat Toole about global positioning systems last Tuesday.

  • Evergreen Library’s free program teaches new skills

    Stepping into the Evergreen Library on Sunday afternoon felt a bit like walking onto the set of “Cupcake Wars.”

    The smell of frosting was in the air, as a small group had their piping bags in hand, creating monsters, flowers and multicolored swirls atop their cupcakes.

    By the end of the hour, the participants’ creations looked good enough to eat.

  • Elk Creek Octagon and Barn land on ‘most endangered’ list

    The historic Elk Creek Octagon and Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing have landed on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s 2018 Most Endangered Places list, an annual listing of historic places around the state whose existence is threatened.

    One of more than 100 sites now listed, the two buildings and the 250 acres of land they occupy were part of the original Shaffer family homestead and are believed to have been built around 1903.

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  • Red Rocks Beer Garden getting underway in downtown Morrison

    A new beer garden featuring local drinks and food is poised to open in downtown Morrison later this year.

    The business — called Red Rocks Beer Garden — will be housed in the former location of Flights Wine Cafe on Stone Street. The wine cafe moved from the quaint cottage to its current location on Bear Creek Avenue in early 2018 when owners Rhonda and Carl Benton decided to sell the building.

  • Morrison looking into updating facilities to ensure ADA compliance

    The Morrison Town Board is working towards ensuring its historic town facilities are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    To do so, the town is considering a variety of options and partnering with Meeting the Challenge and architecture students at the University of Colorado Denver. Meeting the Challenge is a Colorado Springs-based consulting firm that will be conducting an ADA evaluation of town facilities.

  • Indian Hills residents continue to pay attention to water district

    Every third Thursday of the month, community members pack the Indian Hills firehouse, armed with questions and concerns for the Indian Hills Water District board of directors.

    In towns such as Indian Hills with about 1,500 residents, it’s rare to see this much community involvement. But for water district meetings, people have started showing up.

  • Francone takes over as District 3 county commissioner

    In a formal swearing-in ceremony, Tina Francone last week officially replaced former Commissioner Don Rosier on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Friends, family members, Jeffco employees and an assortment of politicians packed the hearing room in the county building for the Feb. 6 event.

  • Conifer family escapes house fire that destroyed garage

    A father and son living on Meyer Parkway in Conifer escaped a house fire late Feb. 6 after a passersby at the King Soopers across U.S. 285 alerted first responders to the blaze.

    According to Jacob Ware, deputy fire chief for Elk Creek Fire, Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were called about a structure fire in the 9700 block of Meyer Parkway at 10:14 p.m. Feb. 6, and discovered an attached garage and several trees on fire. Deputies Denise Denuzzi, James Huffman and Jacy Gardner were able to wake the homeowner, who told deputies that his teenage son was in the basement.