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  • 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.

  • Safety officer Saba leaving Evergreen Fire/Rescue

    After six years of service with Evergreen Fire/Rescue, district safety officer Doug Saba is heading to Mountain Vista Fire/Rescue in Longmont, where he will serve as deputy fire marshall.

    “It’s going to be great — I’ve done that work for a long time, and I really enjoy it,” Saba said. “The job is also very close to home. My commute (to Evergreen) from Brighton for the last six years has been good, and even phenomenal, but this is the best thing I could do for my family.”

  • Meetings set on issues at Elk Meadow off-leash area

    Jeffco Open Space has announced the dates of three meetings to solicit public input about the issues facing the popular Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen.

  • I-70 reopens after snowslide west of Eisenhower Tunnel closed lanes

    Interstate 70 reopened in both directions Tuesday afternoon after an avalanche on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel had closed the highway's westbound lanes for much of the day.

    The slide occurred about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday during avalanche mitigation work between mile markers 205 and 210.

  • Meetings scheduled on issues at Elk Meadow off-leash area

    Jeffco Open Space has announced the dates of three meetings to solicit public input about the issues facing the popular Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen.

  • Conifer teen’s greeting cards support rescued wild animals

    A Conifer student personifies the notion that young people can make a difference.

    Kayla Wolins, 15, a freshman at Colorado Academy, has donated more than $18,000 over the last three years to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, a haven for large animals such as bears, tigers, lions and coyotes.