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  • Evergreen Lake opens for skating

    Evergreen Lake finally is open for ice skating.

    The rink opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and will be open until 8 p.m., weather and ice conditions permitting.

    Warm weather prevented Evergreen Park and Recreation District officials from opening the lake earlier because the ice wasn’t thick enough. Skate the Lake was canceled on New Year’s Eve, and the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day was postponed.

  • Sheriff’s ‘Santa Cops’ deliver gifts to underprivileged kids in Jeffco

    Several hundred underprivileged Jeffco children experienced a merry Christmas this year thanks to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and its participation in the annual Christmas Crusade for Children.

  • Rollover accident critically injures man on U.S. 285

    An elderly man was critically injured Tuesday night when his car went off northbound U.S. 285 near the Morrison Road exit.

    According to Morrison police secretary Jennifer Sponnick, the accident occurred at 7:06 p.m. after the driver suffered a medical emergency and the vehicle left the highway near mile marker 247. The car rolled several times before landing on an embankment 150 feet below the highway.

    Sponnick said the driver was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.

  • Winter break programs at rec district, library keep kids occupied, engaged

    Even though most of Evergreen was covered in snow, at least one group of children decided to spend Friday inside. But, rather than playing video games or watching movies, these youngsters were playing ping-pong, rock-climbing and swimming.

    The 13 kids spent Dec. 23 at Buchanan Recreation Center as part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s winter break camp. This year the camp runs through Jan. 6 and offers children an opportunity to spend their winter break doing a variety of activities, including going on field trips.

  • Warm weather, poor ice conditions scuttle Skate the Lake 2016

    Skate the Lake, the popular New Year’s Eve celebration that features fireworks, music, broomball and other amusements, has been canceled because of recent warm temperatures and poor ice conditions at Evergreen Lake.

    Event sponsor Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Rec District announced Tuesday afternoon that, despite the best efforts of EPRD’s ice-grooming crew, conditions on the lake surface would not permit the show to go on Saturday night.

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • Community gives thousands to area nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

    Area nonprofits made out well on Dec. 6 — Colorado Gives Day — as Coloradans donated more than $3 million to entities in Jeffco and about $42,000 to those in Park County.

    According to Kayla Arnesen with the Community First Foundation, which organizes Colorado Gives Day in collaboration with FirstBank, about 11,000 donors contributed $3.43 million to 227 organizations in Jeffco and Parkco; the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and PeaceWorks Inc. were among the nonprofits that received the highest number of donations.

  • Special-needs dog finds new home after family’s house is destroyed

    Christmas Eve in the mountains conjures images of snow, cascades of conifers, fireplaces lit with care and loved ones nearby. At Evergreen Animal Hospital, Christmas Eve offered a picture of hope as Bailey, the special-needs dog in need of a new home after her family’s burned, was adopted by local restaurateur John D. Wallace and his fiancée, Shantelle Stephens.

  • Public meetings planned on health, safety concerns at dog park

    The Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen is facing a growing list of health and safety concerns, and Jeffco Open Space officials will host a series of public meetings to inform dog owners about steps they can take to ensure the park remains open.