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  • 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.

  • Story joins state Senate race in District 16

    Tammy Story, the Conifer woman who last year challenged State Rep. Tim Leonard for the House District 25 seat, is running for state Senate.

    Story, whose campaign officially kicks off June 27, said Sunday that while she considered running again for Leonard’s seat in 2018 she felt she could better serve the public at a district level.

  • Driver killed in C-470 accident

    A single-vehicle crash at the intersection of westbound C-470 and U.S. 285 in South Jeffco killed one person Saturday afternoon.

    According to Twitter posts from the Lakewood Police Department, CDOT and State Patrol, the accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. and shut down C-470 in both directions at Quincy Avenue. Both directions reopened later on Saturday.

    The crash remains under investigation.

  • DEED ready to ask Jeffco to create the Evergreen Local Improvement District

    Following a town hall meeting last week, the Downtown Evergreen Economic District will submit its proposal for an Evergreen Local Improvement District to Jefferson County officials in the coming weeks.

    Until then, DEED is incorporating feedback it received from the meeting's attendees into its proposal and will send it to county attorneys for review soon, DEED board member Rachel Emmer confirmed.

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