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  • EFPD plans spending increases after voter approval of tax increase

    Employee compensation at Evergreen Fire/Rescue will get a boost next year as a result of the 3.5-mill property-tax increase approved by voters earlier this month.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation. 

  • I-70 reopens after 20-vehicle accident near Floyd Hill

    All lanes of Interstate 70 were reopened late Thursday afternoon near Floyd Hill after a 20-car pileup had closed both sides of the highway earlier.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported on Twitter that the highway had reopened about 4:40 p.m.

    State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis confirmed that at least 20 vehicles were involved in the accident, and at least two people were transported to the hospital. Lewis said he did not know the extent of their injuries, but he was not aware of any serious or life-threatening injuries.

  • Jeffco ordered to pay family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million in jail death suit

    A federal judge awarded the family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit against Jefferson County.

  • Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in accident

    A 23-year-old man was transported to the hospital in serious condition after a motorcycle crashed Wednesday afternoon near Squaw Pass and Sinton roads.

    John Delles, 23, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Delles was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    Lewis said Delles was issued a citation, but the precise cause of the accident was still undetermined.

     

  • High lead levels found in water at over 100 schools

    The number of Jeffco schools affected by unsafe levels of lead in drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain has risen to 109.

    According to documents posted to the district’s website, approximately 7,500 samples have been taken from 144 schools since June 3, and more than 500 of those samples showed lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum allowable level, which is 15 parts per billion.

  • Landscape photographer John Fielder to appear in Conifer

    Colorado photographer John Fielder will present an interactive showcase of his work at Conifer’s Venue Theatre on Sunday — complete with a book signing and debut of 2017 calendars.

  • Treatment for offenders a better approach, counselor says

    Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which was observed in October.

    Consider this: If domestic violence victims can be helped, some perpetrators can be helped as well.

    Rehabilitation of domestic violence offenders is a delicate subject — some believe offenders not only can’t be helped in the long run, but shouldn’t be.

  • West Jeff students honor, thank local veterans

    “Service before self.”

    That message was shared by several members of the military and the community with West Jefferson Middle School during a Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning.

    “We went when we were called, to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” Sgt. 1st Class Peter Benning told the students during an assembly in the gymnasium.

  • Service at The Barn honors veterans, their sacrifices

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is representative of all those U.S. servicemen and women who fought and died defending their country. And, it is a special place of honor and respect for military members, veterans and citizens alike.

    However, when possible, it’s important to honor and remember veterans by name, Pastor Chuck Traylor of Church of the Hills said at a Veterans Day service.