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  • Despite devastation, animal rescue group brings hope

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier
    The Jefferson County Horse Evacuation Assistance Team began in 2002, when local firefighter Scott Halladay witnessed the destruction of the Hayman Fire.
    “I had just started doing animal rescue and just realized (that) we need to start getting educated about this,” Halladay said.
    The organization strives to help animals in time of disaster: From wildfires to floods, cruelty cases to vehicle accidents, this member-supported nonprofit has saved hundreds of animal lives in its 15 years of existence.

  • Jeffco commissioners sign off on revamped fire plan

    Earlier this month, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners signed off on an abbreviated version of the 2017 Annual Fire Operating Plan that mirrors similar documents in all of Colorado’s 64 counties.

  • Slow-developing bill finally paid restitution

    On March 26, 2012, former Colorado House District 25 Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, was in a Joint Budget Committee meeting trying to close the state’s budget for the year.
    Gerou kept her laptop open to keep tabs on what was going on in the world outside the walls of the Capitol. Eventually, she received an e-mail from a friend who said a wildfire had ignited south of Conifer.

  • Man convicted for striking wife with hatchet

    A Clear Creek County man, who attacked his wife with a hatchet in 2015, pleaded guilty on Monday.
    Leland Thomas Kintzele, 69, pleaded guilty to attempting to commit second-degree murder, a class three felony, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by District Court Judge D. Wayne Patton.
    According to the arrest affidavit, in May 2015, Kintzele struck his now former wife 30 times in the back of the head because she planned to leave him.

  • Sheriff's Calls: A burning sensation
  • Stop-Motion workshop brings technology, teens together

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen Library held a Stop-Motion workshop for teenagers this past Friday.
    “We always try to teach teens to use technology — and often they know more than us — but if we can help them to incorporate it into their skill set in a new way, that’s good,” said Rachel Haggett, the Teen Services Librarian at the Jeffco County Public Library.

  • Gas station skimmers on the rise

    With reports of skimmers at South Jeffco gas stations on the rise, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be alert at the pump.
     “(A skimmer is) a device that criminals put on card readers from the inside that collects the credit card information,” said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office. “Then they use that information to clone the credit cards.”

  • Patrons ‘bark back’ during protest

    Laura Mehmert marched on Saturday to save a place she fears the public has already lost.

    It’s been 10 years since the longtime Evergreen resident first visited the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area. Over the past decade, she’s taken five different dogs to the popular park to train, socialize with other pooches and to roam the foothills untethered.

  • Lower North Fork Fire stressed need for a plan

    In the wake of the 2012 Lower North Fork Fire, one thing became clear: An emergency plan is vital for the safety of all in a wildland fire.

    The fire in late March 2012 destroyed 23 homes, killed three people and burned 4,100 acres south of Conifer. The blaze started when a prescribed burn managed by the Colorado State Forest Service reignited and escaped in high winds.

    Planning shortcomings during the North Fork Fire ultimately paved the way for more concrete emergency plans in Jefferson County and beyond.

  • District accountability committee divided on wage boost

    Jeffco Public Schools’ plan to put up to $25 million in its budget next year for employee compensation boosts has drawn ire from three District Accountability Committee members, who believe the school district is being financially irresponsible.

    However, the majority of the committee supports the proposal, DAC chair Deb Guiducci told the school board March 23.