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  • Morrison’s interim police chief hopes to connect with community

    Name a job in law enforcement, and George Mumma likely has held it.

    The Littleton resident has worked as a patrol and SWAT officer with the Littleton Police Department and spent time on the K9 unit with the Lakewood Police Department before joining the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office as a senior investigator.

    Now, he has taken on a new role as interim chief of the Morrison Police Department. The town officially hired him Oct. 10 after former chief Rudy Sandoval retired in late September.

  • Jeffco school board incumbents retain seats

     Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly re-elected incumbents Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert to the Jeffco school board in a race that pitted the latter two against last-minute challengers Erica Shields and Matt Van Gieson. Of the more than 423,000 people registered to vote in Jefferson County, only 30.1 percent — or about 130,000 people — turned out.
    As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:
    · Rupert in District 1 won 60.4 percent of the votes, compared to rival Van Gieson, who garnered 39.6 percent.

  • Spodyak wins re-election in Platte Canyon school board election

    Incumbent Katie Spodyak will continue serving on the Platte Canyon school board after Park County residents overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to re-elect her.

    According to unofficial election results, Spodyak captured 19.69 percent of the total votes, and will be joined by newcomers Frank VanDeHey and Joe Burgett, who defeated three other challengers for seats on the school board.

    Roughly 4,300 people voted in the election, or about 30.46 percent of registered voters in Park County.

  • Idledale passes ballot issues for water and sanitation district

    Idledale residents approved both a mill levy override and bond issue for its water and sanitation district by a wide margin Tuesday night.
With all precincts reporting, the measures passed with 72 and 71 percent of voters in favor, respectively. There are 219 registered voters in the Idledale Water & Sanitation District; 106 votes were cast in the mill levy issue and 101 in the bond issue.

    Mill levy override


  • EFPD to hold public hearing for proposed 2018 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing Tuesday to hear feedback on its proposed 2018 budget, which currently includes $8.45 million in projected revenue, $6 million in operational expenditures and an allocation of $467,000 for capital expenditures.

    According to the latest publicly released draft of the budget, the district expects nearly $1.45 million in increased annual revenue next year — largely due to increased property taxes from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, as well as a slight uptick in ambulance billing revenue.

  • EHS, CHS marching bands place at state

    The high school marching bands at Evergreen High School and Conifer High School placed sixth and seventh, respectively, at this year’s 3A state marching band championships on Oct. 30, beating out Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo South and Durango high schools.

    While Evergreen dropped three places from last year, Conifer moved up after placing eighth last year.

  • Ex-employee suing Jeffco Public Schools for alleged ADA violations

    A Conifer man is suing Jeffco Public Schools over allegations that the school district, as well as one of its transportation directors, discriminated against him on the basis of a disability and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act while he was employed by the district last year.

  • Conifer High student collects goods for overseas soldiers

    At 15, Graham Dickson isn’t yet a member of the armed services, but he hopes to be one day. A sophomore at Conifer High School and the grandson of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Graham has a tender spot for members of the military, and it’s that affection that motivated him to collect personal care items for soldiers serving in the Middle East ahead of Veterans Day.

  • Cowboys & Indian Hills: Long-time residents enjoy the Western lifestyle

    Even after open heart surgery, one of the first questions Sunny Weeks asked her doctor was: “When can I ride?” Every time — after a stroke, after a broken leg, after other injuries — she always asked, “When can I ride?”

    Weeks, who grew up near New Orleans, can’t remember a time when she didn’t know how to ride a horse. She recalled winning her first rodeo at age 9.

    “I didn’t know what I was doing, but the horse did,” she described.

  • Rotary clubs hosting annual Thanksgiving for seniors

    Mountain-area seniors won’t have to wait until Nov. 23 to enjoy a homemade Thanksgiving meal and time with friends. The Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Mountain Foothills are hosting their fourth annual Rotary Thanksgiving Lunch next week.

    The meal will be from noon-2:15 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Evergreen Lake House. It’s free and open to approximately 200 seniors from the mountain area.