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  • Educational signs from Braille Trail loop stolen at Genesee Park

    Dozens of educational signs were stolen from the Braille Trail loop in Genesee Park last month.

    The 37 Braille interpretive signs asked passers-by to take in the sounds, smells and textures of nature as a way of enhancing the park experience for the visually impaired, Denver Mountain Parks representatives said.

    The signs were along the Braille Trail and Chavez Trail, which are part of the Beaver Brook Trailhead off Stapleton Drive.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park take part in multi-agency working group

    Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are keeping pressure on authorities to have an off-leash dog park in Evergreen, organizers told about 30 people who attended a group meeting last Thursday.

    In February, Jeffco Open Space announced that the 107-acre Elk Meadow dog park on Stagecoach Boulevard was in danger of closing because of overuse, and despite meetings at which residents gave suggests for solving issues, officials ultimately closed it.

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  • 30 years of sweet memories baked into Pine Grove’s Rhubarb Festival

    Rhubarb: that pink and green spray of stalks that grows almost wild in some backyards and invariably finds its way into sauces, jams and the perennial strawberry-rhubarb pie.

    For some, the vegetable is an enduring heirloom from childhood — conjuring fond memories for the heart and the mouth. For others, it’s the thread that stitches the community together. For others still, it’s simply a good excuse to gather with friends and family in Pine Grove for the annual festival that celebrates all things rhubarb.

  • Changes to vehicle access, trails among proposed changes for Beaver Ranch

    Jeffco Open Space is proposing several changes to operations and amenities at Beaver Ranch Community Park in Conifer as it begins finalizing the park’s master plan.

    Discussed at a community meeting June 7, the agency’s proposal includes moving Beaver Ranch’s dog park further away from Foxton Road, adding an adventure playground near the trailhead, relocating the disc golf pro shop and simplifying the park’s camping options. The agency also wants to shift the park’s trail system and significantly limit motor vehicle access to the park.

  • Superintendent search process encouraged Harmon to run for re-election

    Two years ago, Susan Harmon was one of 12 people vying for a spot on the Jeffco school board ahead of what would be a successful recall of three members of the then-school board. At the time, the University of Colorado graduate and family law attorney sought to rebuild trust between the district and the growing community it served, as well as address facilities issues within the district and improve the district’s relations with its teachers.

  • Elk Creek adjusts its ‘bad debt’ allowance after decreased reimbursement

    The Elk Creek fire board voted last week to increase the fire protection district’s 2016 bad debt allowance by $75,000 after decreased reimbursement for EMS billing left the department with more than $300,000 in outstanding billing.

    Discussed at the fire board’s June 8 meeting, the decision increased the district’s allowance from $45,000 to $120,000. According to district administrator Jayne Bayles, some $309,000 in 2016 billing remains outstanding and, of that, $120,000 is expected to be written off at a loss.

  • Transplanted: Newcomers are making the mountain area their home

    Best friends Kelli Nielsen and Jeannine Haupts sold most of their belongings, left southwest Iowa with a car full of essentials and arrived in Colorado in July 2016. The two initially lived in the woods outside Nederland before driving into Evergreen for the first time.

    “We didn’t want to leave (Evergreen); it felt like home,” Nielsen said.

    “It was like a warm hug,” Haupts added. “Even after being here almost a year, it still feels like I’m in a fairy tale sometimes.”

  • 4-year-old Kai Bianco continues his recovery after being bitten by the family dog three years ago

    Kai Bianco likes to fly — on swings, that is.

    The 4-year-old, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old, loves to play on the swings at Kittredge Park.

    He prefers going higher and higher as his parents, Shelby Foley and Brandon Bianco, push. Sometimes he opts to get out of one swing, only to move to the neighboring swing.

    “Go fast,” he says repeatedly to his parents, and when he does, he adds: “Man, I am going fast.”

  • Conifer’s Midway House opened to the public before it becomes part of Jeffco Open Space

    The iconic Midway House has been a familiar site as westbound drivers come around the bend on U.S. 285 and gaze on Aspen Park.

    The home, which has been owned by the Meyer family since 1950, was a lodge for travelers on their way to Bailey in the late-1800s. Now, it will become part of Jeffco Open Space, and the Conifer Historical Society hopes it will be turned into a museum to highlight the area’s rich history and the part the house played in getting miners and tourists into western Colorado.