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  • Slip-sliding into the annual Ice Melt Contest

    Trudging through slushy, slippery ice, members of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club carried their iconic blue barrel onto Evergreen Lake and placed it on a wooden frame Dec. 6.

    Rotary member Jerry Lautigar drilled holes in the ice with an auger to secure the frame, while John Ellis and others held onto it. A Realtor's lock-box containing two watches was attached to the base of the structure with a large chain.

  • EChO sees increased need for services in winter months

    There are homeless people in Evergreen who camp in the forest and live in their cars, said Sharon Smith, executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    “We do have people living in cars with children at Walmart,” she said.

    When the weather turns extremely cold, EChO helps people without homes find shelter for the night, usually referring them to agencies down the hill. And although the charitable organization has minimal available funds, Smith sometimes arranges for homeless families to stays at hotels on bitterly cold nights.

  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Some roads to close Monday for Renfro funeral procession

    Some roads in Conifer and Marshdale will be closed early Monday afternoon for the funeral procession for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • ‘A leader of men’: Earl Clark, 95, a key figure in the 10th Mountain Division’s legacy

    Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

    Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. 

  • Nighttime closures for I-70 bridge work postponed indefinitely

    The foul weather that moved into the area last week put an indefinite hold on construction of the new Colorado 103 bridge in Idaho Springs, according to a state transportation official.

    Interstate 70 at Exit 240 had been planned to be closed for four nights so pre-made girders could be set in place as a final step toward reopening the bridge. The planned reopening date was Jan. 15. Motorists would have been directed to off-ramps and on-ramps surrounding the bridge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night through Jan. 6.

  • Avalanche kills man on Torreys Peak

    A male snowshoer died after being buried in an avalanche Wednesday morning on the Kelso Ridge route up Torreys Peak, according to Clear Creek County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Albers.

    Two snowshoers — a female and a male — who reported the avalanche attempted CPR on the buried man but didn’t find any sign of life, according to a news release sent by the sheriff’s department.

  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco's county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments. 

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget.