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  • Wilmot fourth-grader has the write stuff

    Being an author requires merely “imagination, pencil and paper,” says author and Wilmot Elementary fourth-grader Johnny White.

    Johnny, 10, was part of a mini book tour at Wilmot on Feb. 14, reading from and signing copies of his first book, “Martin Flint and the Enchanted Mirror.”

    Johnny said he wrote the book over five or six months, and he and his family members published it through Amazon.com in late December.

  • 'Friendship soup' warms the heart

    Two women are providing easy-to-make, high-protein soup packets to patrons of the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank.

    Donna Kautzman of Evergreen said she got the idea to make the “friendship soup” packets when her church had a community challenge, in which people received $25 and were asked to reinvest it into the community.

    Kautzman used the $25, as well as about $100 of her own money, toward making packets of ingredients.

  • Colorful event raises funds for school technology

    Thanks to an afternoon of running last Wednesday and the help of several hundred parents, family members and friends, Elk Creek Elementary students raised more than $20,000 to buy new technology for their classrooms.

    The fund-raiser — named the Rainbow Run — asked students to run or walk as many laps around the school as they could in a 40-plus-minute span. Many youngsters had sponsors donate money for each lap completed.

    This was the school’s first time doing the Rainbow Run, staff members said.

  • Head-on collision on U.S. 285 injures at least two

    Two vehicles collided head-on Tuesday evening on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, the crash occurred at 9:11 p.m. and initially shut down the highway in both directions. Reid said an extrication procedure was under way, and a Flight for Life helicopter was standing by to transport one person to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood; a second person was transported by ambulance.

    Elk Creek Fire responded to the crash and requested mutual aid from the Evergreen and Platte Canyon fire departments.

  • Elk Meadow dog park lovers ‘doggedly determined’ to keep off-leash area open

    A group of local dog lovers and regular patrons of the Elk Meadow off-leash area are busy organizing a movement to save the popular dog park in Evergreen in the wake of news that Jeffco Open Space plans to close it amid myriad public safety and environmental concerns.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Owners of Evergreen Fine Art retiring, closing the business

    The owners of Evergreen Fire Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden are retiring and closing their business.

    The gallery in the adobe buildings on Evergreen Parkway, known for its Western-themed art, the Evergreen Angel pendants and events such as Weekend in the West, will close for good on Saturday.

    “We tried to find somebody to take over the gallery, but it didn’t work out,” said Barbara Hadley, who has owned the gallery with her husband, Phil Shanley, since 2008. “Everybody has been very supportive.”

  • LESSON PLANS: Conifer High students take on a musical 'with depth'

    If you like the story of “The Little Mermaid,” you’ll enjoy the Conifer High School spring musical, “Once on This Island,” being performed this weekend.

    While the show is not well known to some, it is CHS theater teacher Fran Arniotes’ favorite, and she is amazed at how many people have not seen it.

  • Fire damages Indian Hills home

     A fire damaged a home Monday afternoon on Otowi Road in Indian Hills.

    The resident of the house was evacuated safely with no injuries, according to a series of tweets from Mountain FIDO. Indian Hills Fire reported that the flames were knocked down, but there was damage to the west side of the home. 

    It was the second structure fire in three weeks in Indian Hills. Prior to these blazes, Fire Chief Emery Carson said, the district went 12 years without a structure fire.  

  • Crews contain two wildfires on Green Mountain

    Crews from West Metro Fire contained two blazes on Green Mountain in Lakewood early Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire department had reported that its investigators said both fires are suspicious, however there is no official cause released.

    According to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, the first fire was on the north side of the mountain. It was reported about 1:30 a.m., and ended up burning about 1.7 acres, she said. The second was on the east side and started about 5 a.m., charring approximately 5.8 acres.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.