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  • Mountain Area Land Trust acquiring additional properties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is working with area landowners to create conservation easements on several properties in Jefferson and neighboring counties, said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s executive director.

    “I’m excited to see this,” Beaudry said.

  • Rising housing costs lead to increase in Jeffco homeless population

    As housing costs rise in Jeffco and the metro area, the number of homeless people also is increasing, say directors of organizations involved in helping them. Many of the people without a place to live are families and youths who cannot afford to pay rent.

    “We commonly see families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time,” said Jennifer Wilson, coordinator of Community and Family Connections for Jeffco Schools, a program that assists homeless students and their families.

  • Special-needs basketball team combines with high school players for game

    Standing nearly 7 feet tall, retired NBA basketball player Keith Van Horn loomed over the young players he was encouraging with high-fives before a game at Wulf Rec Center on Sunday afternoon.

    Participants in the Special Needs Program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District combined efforts with a high school girls team in the Colorado Premier Basketball Club. The youth club, which Van Horn founded and directs, hosted the Premier/Special Olympics Showcase event for the fourth year.

  • Man who escaped jail, then went on crime spree, guilty of 33 charges

    A man who escaped from the Jeffco jail, committed a string of car thefts and burglaries, and was arrested again after flipping a stolen car while fleeing law enforcement has been convicted of 33 felony charges after a week-long trial.

    Travis Sandlin, 33, a registered sex offender, was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of escape and numerous counts of burglary of a dwelling, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, identity theft and vehicle trespass, according to the Jeffco district attorney’s office. 

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Szabo takes over as commission chair; CASA seeks volunteers

    Szabo takes over as commission chair

    Jeffco County Commissioner Libby Szabo will serve as chair of the three-person board during 2016.

    Commissioner Casey Tighe had filled the role for the past year. 

  • Jeffco school district set to hire new communications director

     The Jeffco school board is set to vote Thursday on a new chief communications officer for the district, a position that has been vacant since June.

    The board will vote whether to hire candidate Diana Wilson, a Lakewood resident whose background includes nearly eight years as a spokeswoman for the Westminster Fire Department and a stint serving on Lakewood’s City Council.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

    The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Livestock owners warned of potential fire dangers

    Livestock owners need to be aware of potential fire dangers if they decide to heat animal enclosures or use heating units to keep water from freezing, according to two experts who spoke at an Evergreen Fire/Rescue forum on Jan. 6.

    One of the most important things livestock owners can do is read the boxes that appliances, light bulbs and extension cords come in, according to Jeff deDisse, an electrician, rancher and Evergreen firefighter.

  • Developer's plan for multifamily project in Bergen Park irks neighbors

    A Denver developer is planning a multifamily housing project on property beside Rocky Mountain Village Estates in Bergen Park, and some residents of the senior adult community are not pleased.

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on Floyd Hill

    A home on Aspen Drive on Floyd Hill was destroyed by fire early Monday.

    Stacee Martin with Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported that no one apparently was in the house when the blaze started, and that a neighbor had phoned 911 about 5:59 a.m.

    More than 25 firefighters from Evergreen, Clear Creek, Foothills, Elk Creek and Genesee were at the scene in frigid temperatures. EFR said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

    No injuries were reported.