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  • E-mail, phone scam uses Jeffco Credit Union logo

    Jeffco Credit Union of Lakewood on Friday temporarily halted online bank transactions after being deluged since Thursday with reports of phony e-mails and phone calls trying to get customers to disclose their credit card numbers. The scam is known as “phishing.”

    The credit union has disabled transferrals and withdrawals in an effort to prevent customers’ losses, 9News said Friday night. Account viewing is still allowed. Many people who are not members of the credit union are receiving the e-mails and phone calls.

  • Planners reject size, scope of Village at Elk Rest

    A proposed retail-restaurant-condo development in the El Rancho area must be drastically downsized to meet zoning guidelines, the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department has concluded.

    Instead of 45 residential units as requested, planners indicate the property could accommodate a maximum of 10 multifamily units totaling 14,000 square feet and up to 20,000 square feet of commercial office space, or 34,000 square feet, on 7.1 acres.

  • Accident involving bus closes I-70

    A Greyhound bus and two other vehicles were involved in an accident Thursday night that closed Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. amid snow-packed conditions and blowing snow.

    One lane of westbound I-70 between mile markers 254 and 256 reopened around 10:10 p.m. Troopers said 54 passengers were on the bus, and four people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

    The Greyhound passengers were transferred to another bus.

    Troopers said the lengthy closure was necessary to remove the wreckage.

  • 2 arrested in area mail thefts

    Two people arrested Saturday in connection with mail thefts in the mountain area may also be linked to recent residential burglaries in Conifer, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jeffco deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Pantera of Denver and Sophie Shafer, 18, of Bailey without incident on Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road.

    More than 375 pieces of mail, including gift cards, cash, wine and a box of homemade cookies, were recovered during the arrest, according to the Jeffco sheriff’s report.

  • Baroque Folke to perform at Center/Stage

    The eclectic ensemble Baroque Folke will be back on Sunday, Dec. 23, for performances of old and older holiday music.

    Ann and Mike Moore, Sally Ochsner, Hopi Moore-Sargent, and Rebecca Beshore (returning from last year) now welcome talented new members Susan Osborne, Paul Ahlquist and Susan Tillotson.

    Baroque Folke's lively, candlelit assortment of music for voices and recorder/harpsichord consort will be heard at Center/Stage Evergreen. The concert is sponsored by the Evergreen Chorale as a gift to the community.

  • Mail thefts hit Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer, Pine Junction

    Residents in four mountain communities have been the victims of mail theft, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to take extra precautions against possible identity theft.

    Investigators from the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Postal Service are warning residents about a crime spree that occurred during the weekend of Dec. 15, when an unidentified suspect or suspects stole mail from at least 140 mailboxes in Morrison, Evergreen, Conifer and Pine Junction.

  • Alternative Christmas Fair drawing mainstream crowds

    The wildly popular Alternative Christmas Fair is attracting so many people to Evergreen Lutheran Church each year it’s starting to look like the “Mainstream Christmas Fair.” The eclectic bazaar has grown to fill every available square foot of the church, including the coat closet. “The items are unique things you can’t buy in local shops. Most are handmade in other countries. Plus it makes people happy to know that their gift is going to help someone else,” said Colleen Norrgard, co-chair of the fair.

  • Christmas comes early for Maren's kids

    Christmas presents fall into three basic categories — the kind people need, the kind they want, and the kind somebody else thinks they should have. Happily, the extra-thoughtful gift that Mountain and Foothills Rotary presented to Maren Schreiber last Thursday is about a ton of each, and it will provide years of merry memories for some of the mountain area’s most deserving kids.

  • Pedestrian killed on Evergreen Parkway

    An Evergreen pedestrian was killed Monday evening while trying to cross Evergreen Parkway at Brookline Road.

    James Steele, 65, was fatally struck by a northbound vehicle about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as he crossed the busy highway in the direction of Hiwan Country Club. According to a Colorado State Patrol report, Steele walked into the path a 1990 Mazda MX-6 driven by Conifer resident Nathan Meader, 23, who sustained minor injuries in the accident. Steele was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Former Courier publisher Brad Bradberry dies

    Ask anyone who had the good fortune to work with former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry about their old boss, and they’ll tell you about the best boss they ever had.

    “He always had faith in his employees,” says graphic designer Jeanne Ehmsen. “If you had a good idea, he’d let you run with it, and that’s pretty rare in this business. In a lot of ways, he was more like a father figure than a boss.”