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  • Conifer High teacher fired for drug, alcohol use

    Daniel Steever, a longtime Conifer High School science teacher, was fired last month by Jeffco Public Schools after tests showed he was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol while on campus a year ago.

  • Crash site an important memorial for ‘Gold Plane’ family

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Wichita State plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970. This final part focuses on the long-term impact of the crash, including the team’s “Second Season” and the victims’ families and friends’ continual visits to the crash site.

    Seventeen thousand, one hundred and sixty-seven days.

    Exactly 47 years.

  • Missing Evergreen teen found safe in Golden

    An Evergreen teenager who went missing Friday has been found safe.
    Haley Doane, 14, was found by the Golden Police Department on Sunday afternoon, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office confirmed.
    According to Capt. Joe Harvey of the Golden Police Department, around 3 p.m. on Sunday, someone called in a tip that Doane was in Golden. The police made contact with her a few minutes later.
    Doane was taken to the Jeffco Juvenile Assessment Center, per runaway protocol, Harvey said.

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  • Part of Conifer High’s fire sprinkler system to be replaced after system failure

    Significant parts of the fire sprinkler system at Conifer High School are set to be replaced after failing almost a year ago.

    According to Diana Wilson, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools, the system’s fire pump and generator — which provide high-pressure water flow to the fire sprinkler system — failed in January, and attempts to repair them were unsuccessful.

  • Elk Creek Fire launches community chipping program

    Residents and property owners in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District can now feel a little more chipper about slash they need reduced, thanks to a federal grant that has funded a community-chipping program launched by the department.

    Announced last month, the chipping program involves free chipping of slash — namely, residents sign up for chipping assistance, stack their slash piles near the road, and two department staffers will chip the slash for free on-site.

  • Jeffco’s Glass says the end of DACA would ‘rob our community’

    Three weeks after he publicly reiterated Jeffco Public Schools’ stance of support of students impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Superintendent Jason Glass says he remains concerned about plans by the federal government to possibly rescind the program next spring.

  • August named to Indian Hills Water District board

    The past few months have induced change within the Indian Hills Water District, and the trend continued last week as a new person was elected to fill the board seat previously left vacant.

    Samantha August was chosen to take the place of former board member Angie Oliver-Reed, who resigned last month. August works on the water resources team for an engineering firm in Golden and has been living in Indian Hills since November.

  • Morrison town board gives hiring, firing authority to town administrator

    Morrison’s Town Administrator Kara Winters now will be able to hire, fire and discipline employees — just in time for the town to hire a new chief for its police department. 
The decision, which was unanimously approved at a Sept. 19 board meeting, will take all personnel decision-making responsibility away from the town’s board of directors.

    “In the day we didn’t have a town manager, so the board was the hiring and firing authority,” said board member Allen Williams. “So that was miserable.”

  • Morrison’s Cider Fest a true celebration of fall

    With apple cider, bluegrass music and cool, dreary weather, Saturday’s Cider Fest in Morrison served as the perfect kickoff to fall.

    “This is fall,” Gus Chambers, co-founder of the festival, said to the crowd who lounged on hay bales with cold beers in hand. “It was summer just about three days ago.”

    The festival began 28 years ago as a way to bring the small mountain community of Morrison together, and Gus marveled at its growth over the years.