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  • Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition

    Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • Local Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition

    Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • Snows keep Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed

    Recent spring snowstorms kept the Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed on Memorial Day weekend.

    Road crews cleared 6 miles of the 14.7-mile-long road through May 18. But storms continue to cover the road with snow every couple days after crews clear it, said Tony DeVito, Colorado Department of Transportation Region 1 director. Some 4 feet of snow has fallen so far in May, after clearing operations began April 28, DeVito said.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

  • Conifer couple purchases Journey Ranch

    A Conifer couple has purchased the 45-acre ranch formerly owned by Journey Community Church.

    Joshua and Brita Letvin are the new owners of the prominent parcel at 10101 Highway 73, according to the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office. 

    The Letvins, who did not return calls seeking comment, closed on the property April 15 for $950,000. The ranch was originally listed for $1.25 million, although the price had been reduced to $1.1 million, according to real estate websites. 

  • County to add 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department. 

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings. 

  • Evergreen Pathfinders to hold fifth town hall meeting

    A town hall meeting planned by the Evergreen Pathfinders on Thursday, May 28, will focus on what is happening in the community, said Ken Carlson, an organizer of the event.

    During the meeting at the Evergreen Lake House, four speakers will present information on the Evergreen park district, youth trafficking, elder abuse and the Park-n-Ride service of the Regional Transportation District.

    Tina Francone, an RTD board member, will discuss the viability of the Park-n-Ride, which is seeing a decline in use, Carlson said.

  • Work to begin this week on final phase of connector trail

    Now that the precast trail is in place for the connection from Evergreen Lake to downtown, installation of the railings on the bridge is scheduled to begin this week, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    Placement of the railings is estimated to take one to two weeks, depending on the weather, Dalvit said. With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the project could see further delays, however.

  • Clear Creek man arrested in attack on wife with hatchet, knife

    Authorities have arrested a Clear Creek County man suspected of attacking his wife with a hatchet and a knife, then stabbing himself. 

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported that Leland Thomas Kintzele, 68, was being held in connection with Saturday's incident. Kintzele was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, assault and domestic violence.

  • Board grants fire chief 2 percent bonus

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege will receive a one-time merit-based bonus of 2 percent, following his annual performance review by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board last week.

    Weege's annual salary currently is $83,970. The bonus will be $1,679.40, 2 percent of the salary — for a total annual compensation of $85,649.40.