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  • CAE opens new, permanent home in Bergen Park

    Art will always have a home in Evergreen.

    After more than four years of fund-raising, searching and renovating, the Center for the Arts Evergreen finally opened the doors to its permanent home at the former Bergen Park Community Church building.

    CAE hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday evening, along with an open house of its first show at the new location, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. The former sanctuary serves as the main gallery, and the former school house serves as a gathering area.

  • WJES hosts Superhero Sprint fund-raiser

    Look, there on the sidewalk! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! ... No, it’s superheroes!

    Specifically, West Jeff Elementary students, who were channeling their favorite superheroes to participate in their school’s Superhero Sprint fund-raiser Friday morning.

    On Monday, the school confirmed the fun-run event, which was modeled off Elk Creek Elementary School’s Rainbow Run last February, raised more than $10,000.

  • 'Gold Plane' & Silver Plume: the Wichita State plane crash revisited

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Wichita State plane crash. This first part focuses on the events leading up to and during the crash on Oct. 2, 1970.

    Forty. Eleven. Nine.

    Forty people — football players, coaches, administrators, wives, fans and flight crew — set out from Wichita, Kan., to Denver to Logan, Utah, in a Martin 404 aircraft.

    Eleven people made it down Mount Trelease after the plane crashed.

  • Evergreen golf pro shop burglarized

    Authorities are asking for help identifying a person of interest after the Evergreen Golf Course Pro Shop was burglarized over Labor Day weekend.
    According to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, the burglary happened between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.
    Surveillance video shows that, while the employee was tending to customers, a man took two bags of money from a back room, hid them under his shirt and left without anyone seeing him.

  • Grass fires burn along Evergreen Parkway, I-70

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is looking for people who may have seen what caused more than a half-dozen small grass fires on the east side of Evergreen Parkway on Thursday morning.

    This is the second grass fire incident that EFR has responded to in the last week, and it’s a reminder that the weather has turned dry again.

    EFR Capt. Stacee Martin reminds residents that it’s important to be vigilant.

    “If you see something — smoke or suspicious activity — tell somebody: call EFR, call 911, call the sheriff,” she said.

  • Denver man faces felony charges for fatal accident

    Charges have been filed against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.  
    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more. The charges were filed by the Jeffco DA’s office.

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  • Impact of anti-Semitic incidents lingers at area schools

    Last year was a challenging one for Jeffco Public Schools when it came to school culture.

    More specifically, last year was a challenging year when it came to the issue of anti-Semitism — allegations at at least four schools, including three in the Evergreen and Conifer areas, elicited community upset and demands for action.

  • Community input sought at upcoming CAC meeting

    Community input is being sought at the next Conifer Area Council meeting on Sept. 20 at West Jeff Middle School. According to Shirley Johnson, president of the CAC, the organization is gearing up for a new Claiming Conifer’s Character Community Survey and would like a better response than in previous years.

  • Two more enter race for Jeffco school board

    Two Jeffco school board members seeking re-election this fall will face competition after two last-minute candidates filed the required signature petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline.

    According to Helen Neal, Jeffco Public Schools’ election coordinator, Matt Van Gieson of Arvada and Erica Shields of Littleton each filed several pages of petition signatures after picking up the petitions Aug. 28. The school district certified Sept. 4 that each candidate met the required 50 verified signatures in order to get on the ballot.