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  • New time, location set for Jeffco foreclosure sales

    The Jeffco public trustee has announced that foreclosure sales are being moved to a new location and time.

    Starting March 24, the sales will be held at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the jury assembly room on the court side of the Jeffco Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

  • Hearts, horizons expand on Cultural Day at Bergen Meadow

    A guest at Bergen Meadow Elementary School’s Cultural Day on Feb. 24 told second-graders something that summarized the event’s purpose: “All our hearts beat the same even if we look different.”

    The statement came from Eishita Nariani with the Mudra Dance Studio in Aurora. She and her mom, Namita Khanna, helped Evergreen Middle School principal Joelle Broberg teach students dances from India.

  • Clear Creek Commissioner Tom Hayden dies at age 60

    Clear Creek County Commissioner Tom Hayden, 60, died Feb. 29 at his home near Upper Bear Creek Road.

    The cause of Hayden's death has not yet been released. County officials said emergency responders were initially called to his home.

    Hayden was completing his first four-year term as a county commissioner and was registered to run for his second term as an unaffiliated candidate.

  • Gunman had troubled history with law enforcement

    Martin Wirth, the 58-year-old Park County resident who shot three sheriff’s officers last week before dying himself in the gunbattle, had a troubled background that included numerous brushes with law enforcement. 

    Eight Park County officers went to a home at 36 Iris Drive in Bailey on Feb. 24 to serve a “high-risk” eviction notice. Wirth opened fire when the officers followed him inside the home, killing Cpl. Nate Carrigan and wounding two deputies.

  • Slain officer ‘went above and beyond’

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener describes Cpl. Nate Carrigan as a caring law enforcement officer who “went above and beyond” his responsibilities.

    Terri Poulsen backs him up with the story of how she first met Carrigan several years ago.

    A chimney fire had broken out in her Bailey home, and Carrigan was among those who responded. Everybody was safe, but Terri’s daughter Meghan, now 20, was beside herself because her collection of American Girl Dolls was still inside.

  • BRIEFS

    Ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    Ice-skating season has ended at Evergreen Lake after two weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, said Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor.

    People in the community may come by the Lake House on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase hot dogs and other foods at the concession stand before it also closes for the season.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will begin preparing for boating season at the lake, which opens in May.

  • Sheriff’s Office receiving complaints about apparent IRS scam

     The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the weekend received six complaints about an apparent scammer claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service, a spokesman said.

    The scammer reportedly called and in some cases left voice-mails telling county residents they were behind in their tax payments and threatening arrest, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at home in North Evergreen

    Twenty-five Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighters extinguished a house fire in the 29000 block of Spruce Road on Wednesday afternoon. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

    According to Stacee Martin, fire department spokeswoman, a call came in at 3:58 p.m. from a neighbor reporting the fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames.

    A nearby hydrant proved a big help to firefighters, Martin said, but the 3,000-square-foot, three-story house sustained significant structural damage.

  • Shootout erupts when Parkco deputies serve ‘high-risk’ eviction notice

    The shootout Feb. 24 in Bailey that left one Park County sheriff’s officer dead and two others wounded came after they attempted to serve a "high-risk" eviction notice to a Friendship Ranch resident, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the department, died at the scene. 

  • Pay-for-performance for teachers could be rolled back

    Early conversations between the Jeffco school district and its teachers union hint that a controversial pay-for-performance plan for teachers instituted by the ousted conservative school board majority might be partially rolled back.