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  • JCSO’s detention deputies graduate

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series.

    After a long day of classes at the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s detention deputy academy, recruit Casey Buell-Schoenman was excited to go to his son’s karate class with his wife Ari.

    For the Buell-Schoenman family, who live in the Lakewood area, the 10-week academy has gone by fast.

  • Jeffco’s 2018 proposed budget raises concerns

    Jeffco has proposed another budget in which its expenditures are outpacing its revenues, which the commissioners stressed is not sustainable.

    “Do we forego long-term stability for short-term gain?” Commissioner Don Rosier asked Oct. 17 at a Jeffco Board of County Commissioners formal hearing on the 2018 proposed budget. “Everybody needs to be on that same page when we go through (the budget).”

  • Evergreen CBD-based business granted rezoning approval

    Despite negative public comments, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved rezoning a property on Bryant Drive in Evergreen to allow a plant oil-extraction business.

    Hammer Enterprises makes products with cannabidiol hemp oil, a form of plant-oil extraction. There is no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, in its product or on the premises at 30616 Bryant Drive, which is in one of only two areas in Evergreen that is recommended for industrial use.

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  • Schultz’s arraignment continued until November

    The arraignment for Richelle Schultz, a former Jefferson County Human Services employee, has been continued until Nov. 27.

    Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury,

    Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare caseworker with the county.

  • Inter-Canyon hires consulting firm for 2018 election prep

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District may try for a mill levy increase in the 2018 election, but first, the department must formulate a plan to gauge taxpayers’ receptiveness.

    In order to do so, the board of directors has for months been discussing hiring an outside consulting firm. After some discussion at its Oct. 11 meeting, the board unanimously voted to hire Turn Corps, a Denver-based political consulting firm, to help with election preparation.

  • Montessori parents, faculty reminisce: Private school celebrates 40 years of memories

    The price of a gallon of gasoline was only 62 cents when Montessori School of Evergreen opened its doors in 1977 as a preschool.

    Since then, the school has grown to offering education to students through eighth grade and provided plenty of memories for its students, parents and staff. Some talked about what the school has meant to them over the last 40 years during the school’s annual Harvest Fest.

  • Building Trades project house graduates at the top of its class

    For anybody who still doubts that vocational education is alive and well in the mountain area, 2,200 square feet of eye-pleasing, energy-efficient and perfectly appointed proof just went on the market.

    “I can’t believe how great it looks,” said recently graduated Conifer High School student Seth Carter, standing on the expansive and rock-solid deck of the now-complete Conifer High School Building Trades Program project house. “It’s amazing to think that teenagers accomplished something this big.”

  • Incumbent Houston wants another term on Clear Creek school board

    The sole candidate from District B in the Clear Creek School District’s election on Nov. 7 hopes to continue the work he’s done for the past four years.

    Mitch Houston, 55, a Clear Creek County resident since 1984, currently serves as the board’s president. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons attending Clear Creek High School.

    While Houston lives in District B, which is the northeast part of the county, all Clear Creek voters elect school board members.

  • Biz Beat: New pinball arcade provides family fun in Conifer

    After decades of collecting pinball machines, the McCarthys of Conifer have made good on their longtime goal to open an arcade.

    Blizzard Mountain Pinball, 25797 Conifer Road, Suite #C-206, hosted its grand opening this weekend, with several local families and professional pinball players attending.

    Kevin and Laura McCarthy and their two children have always enjoyed playing pinball together as a family, and wanted to open up a family friendly arcade in Conifer. The family started looking for locations two years ago, but found the logistics were difficult.