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Local News

  • Conifer home lost in Valentine’s Day blaze

    A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a Conifer home despite efforts from several area fire departments. 

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire, the department received a report of a possible structure fire at 13533 South Wamblee Valley Road about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the flames had engulfed the home and were spreading into nearby trees. 

  • West Jeff teacher fired in wake of sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, a physical education teacher at West Jefferson Middle School and an assistant football coach at Conifer High, was fired by Jeffco Public Schools last week in connection with his November 2016 arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

  • Conifer schools to get new roofs

    Conifer High School and West Jefferson Middle School are set to be re-roofed over the summer after a construction contract for both projects was awarded to Flynn Southwest, a roofing company based in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Construction is expected to begin May 30 and conclude on or before Aug. 4 and will cost Jeffco Public Schools $1.3 million, which was included in the 2017 budget for capital improvements.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.

  • Jefferson County clarifies rules for shooting on private property

    Mountain area residents can discharge firearms on their own private property so long as they take reasonable precautions, Jeffco officials have clarified.

    Last month, an Evergreen man was issued a summons for prohibited use of a firearm after he and another man were shooting guns after dark — and while one of them reportedly was intoxicated.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said questions about the legality of discharging firearms on private property have been raised frequently in the mountain area, including after the most recent incident.

  • Young spellers are more than c-o-m-p-e-t-i-t-i-v-e

    Patagonia.

    Not only is it a region in Argentina, it’s also the word that put fifth-grader Paige Gilloth, 11, over the top in the Conifer area elementary schools’ spelling bee at West Jefferson Elementary recently.

    Paige and 14 other fourth- and fifth-graders competed to see who would advance to the state spelling bee on March 11. Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jeff each sent five students to compete.

  • Anti-Semitic acts took place at West Jeff Middle School, district confirms

    Jeffco Public Schools has confirmed it found evidence that an eighth-grader at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer was the target of anti-Semitic acts and discrimination.

    And while the school district says it took immediate action regarding the anti-Semitic comments against eighth-grader Isabella Grunspan, it remains unclear how or when it learned about the allegations or what exact steps it took to address the issue beyond implementing social awareness lessons at the school.

  • Driver escapes injury in rollover crash on U.S. 285

    A motorist escaped injury Monday evening when his truck rolled down an embankment off northbound U.S. 285 at mile marker 247 near Morrison Road.

    According to a State Patrol trooper at the accident scene, Tyler Ratzlaff was traveling north on U.S. 285 at 5 p.m. when his white Ford F-250 went out of control, veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in Turkey Creek.

    Ratzlaff, who was on his way to visit his father at a Denver hospital, was uninjured and said that passers-by helped pull him from the vehicle.

  • Jeffco delays grade shuffling, school closures

    Two weeks after proposing the closure of five elementary schools to free up funds for teacher compensation, the Jeffco school board voted early Friday to close just one school — Pleasant View Elementary in Golden — and to delay plans to shuffle sixth-graders to middle schools. 

  • Burn ban in place in Platte Canyon fire district

    A burn ban affecting the entirePlatte Canyon Fire Protection District took effect at 9 a.m. Saturday after warm temperatures and high winds had triggered several brush fires earlier in the week.

    Platte Canyon's burn ban is in effect until further notice.        

  • Power restored after widespread outage

    Power has been restored to the Evergreen and Conifer areas Saturday after a widespread outage affected more than 6,000 people. Hundreds of others across the state also were affected.

    According to Xcel Energy, the local power outage was first reported at 12:07 p.m. Saturday and was among more than a dozen reported outages, including failures in Longmont, Idaho Springs, Denver and elsewhere.

    As of 1:30 p.m., damage assessment was still under way at numerous locations.