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  • Indian Hills to debut short movie on town’s history

    Residents of Indian Hills soon will have an opportunity to delve into the history of their community.
    A new 10-minute movie about Indian Hills is scheduled to play before the July 3 community movie in Arrowhead Park. It was a collaborative effort between Katie Linder-Jesse, the new town historian; Alison Vigil, an Indian Hills resident and producer at Root Sports; and more.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire approves participation in cancer program

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board of directors approved participation in a newly established program that provides financial awards to firefighters diagnosed with one of five types of cancer — brain, skin, digestive, hematological or genitourinary.

  • Electrical issues cited in Bailey house fire

        Electrical issues in an unfinished basement are believed to have contributed to a fire that severely damaged a home on Timber Top Lane in Bailey on Thursday morning.
        According to Platte Canyon Fire Captain Ben Dunning, the house fire was reported at 3:42 a.m. Thursday after one of the homeowners awoke to the smell of smoke.

  • Truck starts string of brush fires along U.S. 285

    A truck is believed to have started several spot fires along the U.S. 285 corridor in Conifer and Bailey earlier this week.
        According to Platte Canyon Fire Captain Ben Dunning, the Platte Canyon fire department responded to three grass fires on Tuesday along southbound U.S. 285 between mile markers 225 and 223.

  • New candle, home goods shop debuts at the Yellow Barn

    In a corner of Conifer there’s now a little pocket of Denver — or at least a shop that feels a lot like a city boutique with its handmade candles, locally roasted coffee and a steady stream of indie music on the speakers.

    But Yellow Barn Candles + Homegoods also has a distinctive mountain feel to it: From the natural wood shelving and poured pinecone candles to handcrafted Mexican blankets and the shop’s circular barn logo, the place reflects the community it’s in.

  • Solar panels set to be installed at EFPD station

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board formally approved last week plans to install hundreds of solar panels on the roof of Station 2, effectively ending a years-long debate over reducing the fire district’s energy consumption through photovoltaic energy and other energy-saving measures.

    In a unanimous vote June 13, board members approved a $350,000 contract with Denver-based solar company BriteStreet Solar Built, the same company responsible for solar projects at the National Western Stock Show Complex and Centura Health’s Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.

  • Bueno sentenced to probation, jail time in sexual assault case

    Former West Jefferson Middle School teacher Michael Bueno was sentenced June 14 to jail time and probation after being convicted of two Class-4 felonies — contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

  • Rupert asks voters to be re-elected

    In 2015, Brad Rupert announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board after three board members — John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams — were targeted for recall by community members who felt they lacked accountability, transparency and general respect for the community they were elected to serve. Running on a platform of outcome-focused decision-making and with a desire to rebuild trust in the community, Rupert was ultimately elected treasurer of the board and replaced Williams.

  • New math curriculum considered at Fitzsimmons Middle School

    Starting this fall, math teachers at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey will undertake a new curriculum aimed at improving students’ foundational math skills, decreasing learning gaps among students with disabilities and aligning math curriculum at all schools in the Platte Canyon School District.

    Announced at the June 12 Platte Canyon school board meeting, the move is in response to changing educational demands and a teaching staff that FMS principal Ginger Slocum said needs more educational support.

  • 90-year-old Lee Sweetland is a familiar face at Evergreen Lake

    Lee Sweetland is a familiar sight to those frequenting Evergreen Lake in the mornings.

    The 90-year-old, carrying a wooden staff, is an almost daily walker near the Lake House. He used to walk along Bear Creek to the dam and back, but with the North Lake Trail closed, he makes do with walking the triangle along the creek, across the boardwalk and through the parking lot.

    He walks because he knows how important it is to stay active, especially at his age, and because he loves both the outdoors and Evergreen.