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  • Local woman studying medieval history in Scotland

    If the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, then it stands to reason that the best way to learn medieval history is to study it in Europe.

    What began as a fascination with “The Lord of the Rings,” and the real-world medieval history it was based on, has led Annika Mayer of Evergreen to the University of St. Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third-oldest in the English-speaking world.

  • West Jeff students learn energy conservation during competition

    West Jefferson Middle School has won the first round of ReNew Our School, an energy competition among several Jeffco schools, and will receive LED light fixtures in its cafeteria as the prize.

    The middle school started the second round of competition Jan. 1, which will run until May 12, said digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker, who is helping to coordinate the school’s efforts. If the school wins round two, it could receive new lights in either the gym or library.

  • Developer planning low-income housing in El Rancho

    A Denver-based development company is seeking financing for a proposed low-income housing project in El Rancho.

    Medici Consulting Group is looking to acquire a 4.5-acre property at 1055 El Rancho Road and build 54 low-income rental apartments there.

    Josh Russell, a partner at MCG, said the apartments would be available for families earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income, which varies based on the number of people in the household, he said.

  • Engineering firm hired to study issues with Evergreen Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected Muller Engineering Co. of Lakewood to conduct the preliminary engineering study on the closed northern segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail from the dam west along Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues.

    At the EPRD board meeting Jan. 24, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor informed board members that Muller Engineering will be looking at possible short- and long-term solutions for the trail.

  • Speaker at Evergreen Country Day School will discuss creating ‘culture of dignity’ among kids

    Parents can learn tips on how to be involved in their children’s social lives and to help them navigate social media at a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally recognized author and educator, will speak at 6 p.m. at the school, 1036 El Rancho Road. Wiseman has written several books and has developed a curriculum that teaches students and educators how to take responsibility for unethical behavior. Her organization is called Creating a Culture of Dignity.

  • Music event to aid Springs resident Shelton

    The next Boogie at the Barn in Evergreen will have a new twist: Proceeds will go to Dave Shelton of Idaho Springs, who lost his home in a fire last year.

    Proceeds from the Feb. 4 event, which has become a mountain area music staple since 2012, usually go to area nonprofits such as the Mountain Resource Center, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    This is the first time, according to organizers John and Pandora Erlandson, that they decided to provide assistance to an individual.

  • Commission approves development at Dino Ridge

    Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a modified rezoning request from Three Dinos LLC that will bring hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff reminds residents of cougar danger

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that three dogs were involved in two separate attacks by mountain lions last week in the Evergreen area. 

    The most recent attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 6900 block of Lynx Lair Road. Two dogs were involved in the attack, and one was killed. The second was placed on 45-day observation and given a rabies booster for precautionary reasons, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Sheriff reminds residents about cougar danger

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that three dogs were involved in two separate attacks by mountain lions last week in the Evergreen area. 

    The most recent attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 6900 block of Lynx Lair Road. Two dogs were involved in the attack, and one was killed. The second was placed on 45-day observation and given a rabies booster for precautionary reasons, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Dogs saved from burning home near Shadow Mountain

    Elk Creek firefighters saved two dogs from a house fire near Shadow Mountain on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek spokesman Michael Davis, the department received a report of a structure fire at 8899 Black Mountain Drive at 5:02 p.m. Jan. 25, and upon arrival firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home.

    While the home was unoccupied at the time, two dogs were found and removed from the house before firefighters extinguished the flames.