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  • Commissioners poised to vote on development at Dinosaur Ridge

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a controversial rezoning application that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Evergreen High students raise funds to give Littleton boy his wish

    The Evergreen High School Student Senate hopes the community will get behind its fund-raising efforts to help pay for a student’s wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    The group is raising money for 12-year-old Dan, a middle-schooler in Littleton. Dan faced a heart transplant, and his wish is to go to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., through the foundation. Students hope to raise $2,500 by Jan. 27.

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that, if approved, will add auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

    On the evening of Jan. 11, about 60 adults and youths assembled in front of the Jefferson County courthouse, hoping to sway the county commissioners in their decision about rezoning the area for proposed development by Three Dinos LLC.

  • Rotary kicks off 11th Ice Melt Contest

    For the past 10 years, mountain area residents and their out-of-town friends and family have placed their bets on Mother Nature — specifically, how long will it take for the ice on Evergreen Lake to melt enough that a 20-pound barrel will fall in the water.

    This year will be no exception, as the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club placed the newly painted bright yellow barrel on the ice at the lake Jan. 11 to kick off the annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest.

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Student at West Jeff Middle School says she’s a target of anti-Semitism

    The family of an eighth-grader at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer is alleging that the student has been the target of anti-Semitic acts, and a discrimination complaint has been filed against Jeffco Public Schools with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

    According to Isabella Grunspan, who addressed the Jeffco school board at its regular meeting Thursday, West Jeff students have targeted her daily not only for being Jewish but also for standing up for other minorities.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • Polar Plunge rescheduled for Feb. 12

    The ninth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12, Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer has announced.

    The Plunge, which traditionally is held on New Year's Day, had to be postponed after the Evergreen Park and Recreation District determined the ice was not thick enough before that weekend. The lake finally opened for skating on Tuesday, Jan. 3, after a cold spell swept through the area.

  • Pickleball players meet up with past

    Pickleball players in Evergreen had the opportunity to learn from an old friend on a recent morning.

    Ted Pritchett, a former Evergreen resident who introduced the game to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in 2011, was visiting Wulf Rec Center to help new and not-so-new players develop and improve their techniques.

    The group played on two pickleball courts that stretched across one basketball court. The attendees used wooden paddles and served the plastic wiffle balls underhanded.

  • Cat found a month after fire destroys Bailey home

    One month after a house fire destroyed their home and animal sanctuary, LuAnn Pierce and Christian Brown have found one of their three cats that went missing after the blaze.

    According to Pierce, Sammie — a female cat with Manx syndrome — was spotted by a neighbor Jan. 2 before being discovered in a live animal cage trap that evening.