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  • Hikers find skeleton at Red Rocks Park

    A human skeleton has been found by hikers near Red Rocks Park. 

    Three hikers found the skeleton three tenths of a mile above and to the west of Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The hikers notified a Jeffco sheriff's deputy who was patrolling the area and led the deputy back to the remains. 

    The skeleton was found in thick brush and appeared to have been there for some time. The person had been clad in blue sweatpants or shorts, and there were no noticeable signs of trauma, the Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Former Evergreen marijuana grower gets 48 years in prison for attempted murder

    A man on the FBI’s Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the execution-style shooting of two men in Evergreen in 2004.

    Robert Otilio Montoya, 34, was a part-owner of a marijuana growing operation in Evergreen when the incident took place.

    Montoya shot Ed Miller and Leland Travis four times each after finding them at a rental home where the plants were being grown. Miller and Travis were cleaning, as they had been hired to do, when Montoya entered the house and tied their hands behind their backs.

  • Ice-skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

  • Ice-skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

    Skaters can take and break and warm up in the Evergreen Lake House, where hot chocolate and popcorn are available along with a large fire in the fireplace. 

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  • County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year.

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.  

  • Library will draw on reserve funds again in 2013

    Jeffco libraries will maintain their level of services in 2013 despite another revenue shortfall, a half-dozen mountain-area residents learned on Saturday.

    The $430,000 shortfall is a result of fewer property-tax dollars being collected and an increase in costs the library must pay the county, Pam Nissler, Jefferson County Public Library executive director, said during a community forum at Evergreen Library.

  • Making ends meet a challenge for many in mountain community

    “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”

  • Ice skating season to open this Saturday

    This winter's ice skating season on Evergreen Lake is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting. 

    Evergreen has the biggest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink in North America. Hockey players are invited to grab their sticks and jump into one of 10 hockey rinks for a drop-in game.

  • Many in mountain community struggle to make ends meet

     “This time of year gets lonely for people,” says Wendy Lockwood, a 74-year-old resident of Green Ridge Meadows Apartments in Evergreen.

     

    Not only does Lockwood have occasional loneliness to contend with, she also is living on a meager income of $700 a month.

    While talking about her life and the challenges she faces, Lockwood remembers times when she was among the homeless. 

    “It’s been a rough road,” she says. “I’m just barely making it financially.”