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  • Skating at Evergreen Lake to open Friday

    Evergreen Lake will open for ice skating Friday morning.
    The rink will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Evergreen Park & Recreation District said that the ice may be a little bumpy as its crews can't get the Zamboni on the ice until it's a few inches thicker.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The perils of perfection

  • Former astronaut McCandless dies at 80

    Former NASA astronaut and longtime Conifer resident Bruce McCandless died last Thursday in California. He was 80.
    In a Dec. 22 statement announcing McCandless’ death, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said the agency sent its thoughts and prayers to McCandless’ family and noted that McCandless “will always be known for his iconic photo flying the (Manned Maneuvering Unit).”

  • JCD awarded grant funds to fight noxious weeds in Conifer

    The Jefferson Conservation District has been awarded a $36,000 grant for an environmental restoration project involving four private properties in Conifer and Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Encalada LaTorre leaves Fort Collins church, takes up sanctuary in Boulder

    Ingrid Encalada LaTorre, the former Evergreen resident and native Peruvian who defied deportation orders in October and instead took sanctuary in a Fort Collins church, has moved to a church in Boulder.
    According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, LaTorre left Foothills Unitarian Church the evening of Dec. 16 for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder in an effort to be closer to family and friends in west Denver, as well as her oldest son who attends a Denver elementary school.

  • Rosier’s successor to be selected in mid-January

    A replacement for Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier is scheduled to be selected on Jan. 17, the Jefferson County Republican Party confirmed.
    Joe Webb, the party’s chairman, stated in an e-mail that Rosier will vacate the office on Jan. 15, and the vacancy committee cannot vote on a successor until the office is vacated.
    Six individuals applied for the position, but one withdrew, Webb said.
    In November, Rosier announced he would resign from the Board of County Commissioners to serve as general manager of the Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board.

  • Long family tentatively set to close businesses in Pine

    The family of Maggie Long is tentatively expected to close its businesses in Pine at the end of 2017. According to staff at the Derrick Thai restaurant last week, the family will close both the restaurant and the adjacent Long’s Liquors on Sunday in light of the loss of their daughter earlier this month.
    While a manager who asked not to be identified confirmed those plans, he said the family may change its mind and instead continue operating the businesses into the New Year.

  • Morrison contemplating roundabout near Red Rocks Elementary

    Though the idea is in the preliminary stages, the town of Morrison is weighing the pros and cons of installing a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 74 and 8.

    Town board and community members had mixed feelings about the issue at a Dec. 19 board meeting. Some were in support, while others questioned the safety of a roundabout, particularly because the intersection is near Red Rocks Elementary School.

  • Failed exhaust pipe caused Stagecoach structure fire

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue investigators have determined that the cause of a Dec. 27 structure fire at a residence in the 34000 block of Stagecoach Boulevard was a failed exhaust pipe that dried out the surrounding log structure, EFR spokeswoman Stacee Martin said on Tuesday.

    All the occupants got out safely, and there were no injuries among the occupants or firefighters.

    The fire started engulfing an outbuilding attached to the home around 11:40 a.m., and once firefighters were on the scene, they were able to contain the damage to the outbuilding, Martin said.

  • Debating the Constitution

    Should American voters be required to take literacy and civics tests before being allowed to vote?

    This question was among the topics debated by Clear Creek Middle School eighth-graders at the annual mock congressional hearing on Dec. 19.

    The hearing, now in its 13th year, is a competition that eighth-grade teacher and organizer Kevin James has called the ultimate teaching tool. Students working alone or in small groups research and write speeches on their topics, then present their arguments in front of a panel of judges and their fellow classmates.