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  • CDOT to pursue underpass for Kings Valley Road intersection

    After months of conversations with Conifer and Bailey residents, the Colorado Department of Transportation is moving forward with a solution it hopes will decrease the number of accidents at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to Steve Harelson, CDOT’s Region 1 west program engineer, plans to construct an underpass about 300 yards southwest of the intersection are underway. If funding is approved later this year, construction could begin as early as this fall.

  • Burn ban in effect for Park County

    A burn ban affecting all public and private land in Park County took effect at 8:24 a.m. Monday due to dry conditions, high winds and warm temperatures.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate riding arena opening at Tomahawk Ranch

    Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey is just the kind of place you’d expect to see Girl Scouts — there are trails to run along, animals and trees to learn about, and a wide expanse of sky to study after dark. And now, Tomahawk has a new indoor riding arena where local Girl Scouts will again be able to learn to ride horses after going without for many years.

  • PCSD begins budget talks

    Platte Canyon Schools may consider significant budget cuts and teaching staff reductions in fiscal year 2018 in an effort to better position itself for funding shortfalls tied to falling enrollment, increasing expenses and ongoing declines in K-12 education funding from the state.

    Superintendent Brenda Krage said at last week’s school board meeting that the district is already facing an estimated deficit of almost $1 million for fiscal year 2017 and needs to prepare for a greater deficit in 2018 and beyond.

  • Fire on U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek 100 percent contained

    A brush fire at U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek Road is 100 percent contained after it burned 7 acres, and destroyed two vehicles and an outbuilding Wednesday afternoon.

    Inter-Canyon, Elk Creek, West Metro, Platte Canyon and Indian Hills fire departments worked to keep flames from spreading in the North Turkey Creek Fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. The fire was on the south side of the highway between North Turkey Creek and Goddard Ranch roads. It had closed all lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. 285.

  • Dive team searching for possible drowning victim at Wellington Lake

    Search efforts are underway Wednesday at Wellington Lake in Bailey for a man who may have drowned after the canoe he was in capsized this morning.

    According to Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, the department received a call at 10:05 a.m. about a man and woman whose canoe had overturned.

    “While the woman was able to swim to shore and was later airlifted to an area hospital, the man, who is in his 60s, has not been located,” Techmeyer said.

  • Taking care of business

    The foothills are filled with business start-ups — some of those start-ups are by kids.

    From photography to snow shoveling, tech repair to pet sitting — and ranging in age from 9 to 17 — these young entrepreneurs work hard at providing services to the community.

    Here’s a bit about five who we found in the area.

    Troy Kapande

    Troy Kapande of Evergreen has had the entrepreneurial spirit since he was a tyke.

  • At home in her of devotion

    An Evergreen woman’s devotion to her church has lightened the church’s financial load.

    Barbara Jackson, who died last July at age 81, asked that the proceeds from the sale of her cabin be given to Christ the King Catholic Church, and the money will go a long way to paying down the remaining debt from the addition put on the church in 2010.

    “She was a devout woman,” said Christ the King pastor Jim Fox. “She loved her community and her church, and she wanted to give back.”

  • Art of the Egg a fun endeavor

    Jim Sherwood can’t wait for April 20.

    That’s the day Sherwood, owner of the Evergreen Outlet Store, hopes to add two more to his decorated-egg collection from the Art of the Egg.

    Sherwood is partial to the eggs by local artist Steve Harrison, who

    depicts rock ‘n’ roll artists. Sherwood’s collection includes the Eagles, Rush, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, and this year, one of the eggs will depict Prince.

  • Pastor, congregation mark a time of 'reflection' and honesty

    There are no flowers in Evergreen Lutheran Church’s sanctuary and there won’t be for three-and-a-half weeks.

    Instead, the area around the altar has a few pieces of plain purple cloth adorning it and a selection of brambles surrounding the fountain on the steps.

    The Rev. Vera Guebert-Steward, the church’s pastor, explains that this is in keeping with the season of Lent, the 40 days preceding Easter.