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  • Local paramedic, EPAD founder wins community service award

    The Mountain Rendezvous chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Monday presented its Community Service Award to Dave Montesi of Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    In addition to being a paramedic and leading the fire department’s EMS division, Montesi founded Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation. The organization has trained thousands in CPR/AED and placed automated external defibrillators in more than 50 locations across Evergreen.

  • Seniors should be wary of financial exploitation, scams

    A child or grandchild. A niece or nephew. A caretaker. A neighbor. A friend.

    Each can be of great help to a senior citizen, but each is also capable of taking advantage of their relative or friend’s generosity, trusting nature and possible absence of mind, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office reports.

  • Property crimes on the rise in the mountain area

    While most crimes are the same or lower than last year, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reports that in 2016 the mountain area experienced an increased numbers of assaults, mischief, property, theft, and vehicle trespassing compared with 2014 and 2015.

    Crime Prevention Deputy Janie Gonda clarified that these numbers encompass specifically the mountain precinct and not Jefferson County as a whole. The Sheriff’s Office mountain precinct includes Evergreen, Conifer, Pine and Deckers, she said. It does not include Genesee or Golden.

  • Brooks Place Tavern wins Business of the Year at Conifer chamber awards

    The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce recognized several local businesses, volunteers and community members last week, including awarding Brooks Place Tavern the 2016-2017 Business of the Year Award.

    The chamber hosted its annual awards banquet Thursday night at Tomahawk Ranch, with close to 80 people attending.

    Executive Director Melanie Swearengin said the chamber handed out six major awards with “Business of the Year” being one. The other five winners were:

  • Reality star convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion

    Evergreen resident and reality TV star Richard Wyatt, 53, has been found guilty of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and tax charges. There was a hung jury on three charges of illegally importing weapons.

    Wyatt had operated a Wheat Ridge gun store named Gunsmoke and starred in “American Guns” on the Discovery channel from 2011-12. Last February, he surrendered to the authorities, after a federal indictment claimed that he sold firearms illegally and failed to report $1.1 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Taspen’s launches vegan-friendly restaurant

    Matt and Teresa “Tee” Torrella are not gluten-free or vegan or even necessarily foodies — but they love “feeding people’s souls” and in the case of Taspen’s Cosmic Kitchen, that’s what they hope to do.

  • Nearly three dozen Jeffco schools land prestigious awards from state

    Thirty-one Jeffco schools have been awarded prestigious education awards by the state, including the Colorado Department of Education’s John Irwin Award, which recognizes “excellent academic achievement” as measured on a three-year school performance framework, as well as the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, which is given to schools that demonstrate “exceptional student growth.”

    Announced at last week’s school board meeting, the awardees include more than a dozen schools in the South Jeffco and mountain areas.

  • Conifer HS celebrates success at DECA event

    Eighteen Conifer High School students are set to compete at the international DECA competition next month after taking top honors at the state competition in Colorado Springs in late February.

    Focused on preparing students for careers and education “in marketing, finance, hospitality and management,” DECA is an international association with chapters present at many high schools and colleges around the United States. Students learn both soft and hard business skills and then compete against other DECA members at local, state and international levels.

  • School district to pay bonus

    Jeffco Public Schools will pay former superintendent Dan McMinimee $27,000 in additional performance pay when his contract expires later this year as part of an agreement approved last Thursday that formalizes his demotion from superintendent to an advisory role for the remainder of his contract.

  • Mountain Resource Center expands veterans program

    More than two years after it first launched its veterans program, the Mountain Resource Center has expanded its service offerings to include more community-oriented activities such as movie nights, cooking classes and more.

    According to Tracy Atlas, grants manager for the MRC, the veterans program was first initiated in 2014 after a local therapist expressed concern at increased veterans’ needs within the mountain communities.