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  • West Jeff fifth-graders experience the 18th-century

    Writing with a quill by fluorescent light. Outlining silhouettes cast by a digital projector. Making Johnnycakes on an electric skillet.

    The anachronisms only made students’ day more challenging and interesting.

    On Thursday, West Jefferson Elementary fifth-graders participated in Colonial Day, experiencing a small slice of life for 18th-century students.

  • Taking a bite out of crime

    As a cavalcade of sheriff’s vehicles pulled up to Dakota Ridge High School, a handful of students walking to class curiously watched the procession and listened to the chorus of barking from the vehicles.

    With a crowd of students from a legal systems class assembled outside, one-by-one, the dogs were brought out to demonstrate their skill sets — obedience, drug detection, bite work, muzzle and apprehension.

  • Man arrested after shooting in El Rancho area

    A 31-year-old man will appear in court Friday after he reportedly shot an Evergreen man in the El Rancho area on March 22. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Matthew Gaten is suspected of shooting the Evergreen man in the 29000 block of Hotel Way around 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Jeffco Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said.

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    Burying the evidence

  • Jeffco Library abolishes fines on children’s materials

    Young readers in Jefferson County no longer have to worry about returning a book to the library a day or two late now that Jefferson County Public Library eliminated late fees on all children’s materials.

    The decision, which was made by the board of trustees in 2017 but took effect in 2018, is part of the library’s long-term goal of improving early literacy, and library staff members see it as a way to support young readers and improve access to the third largest public library system in Colorado.

  • Inter-Canyon cancels elections

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has canceled its May 8 election due to a lack of candidates.

    No one submitted self-nomination forms or affidavits of intent to be a write-in candidate other than the three board members whose positions were up for re-election.

  • Shearing for a cause

    Those who stepped up to the barber’s chair to have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser on Saturday did it for one reason: to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

    “How we take care of our kids says a lot about our country and our culture,” shavee Matt Moore told about 50 people who assembled at Ascent Church in Evergreen to watch the head-shaving event.

  • Catlin selected local RTD Director

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners selected Peggy Catlin to serve as Regional Transportation Director for District N.

    She will replace Tina Francone, who resigned the position after she was appointed to replace Commissioner Don Rosier in late January.

    Catlin, who was officially appointed at Tuesday’s board hearing, will serve until January, when the winner of the November election is sworn in.

  • Red Barn rezoning case for lodging continued

     Wanting more information on water usage and monitoring, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners has continued a rezoning proposal to allow overnight lodging at the Red Barn in Marshdale. The hearing will resume on May 15.

  • CDOT contractor dies in Clear Creek Canyon accident

    A CDOT contractor died after falling in Clear Creek Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

    Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, was part of a crew doing rockfall mitigation work along U.S. 6 when the accident occurred. Sarinana-Herrera fell between 50-70 feet.

    The scene of the incident was initially investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The specific cause of the accident will be determined during a future OSHA investigation.

    The rockfall work included rock-scaling efforts, rock anchors and adding 285,000 square feet of wire mesh.