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  • Candidates from Town of Morrison gear up for April 3 municipal election

    Five of the seven candidates in the Town of Morrison’s municipal election agree that the property for the pending Red Rocks Ranch residential development should be annexed into Jefferson County.

    Another candidate says Morrison should keep control of the property and therefore the development, while the last candidate said she didn’t have enough information to have an opinion.

  • Old Town Historic Overlay District hopes to maintain Morrison’s pizzazz

    It has been more than four decades since Jamee Chambers first began pushing for a way to protect Morrison’s historic buildings and quirky charm.

    She finally has a means of doing so with the unanimous passing of the Old Town Historic Overlay District at Morrison’s March 20 board meeting.

    The plan aims to protect the town’s historic resources by creating rules and regulations for future businesses in downtown Morrison. While current businesses are grandfathered in, the rules apply should they wish to make changes in the future.

  • Second suspect charged in last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire

    The second suspect in starting last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire has been charged and will return for a May 7 arraignment in Jefferson County court.

    Riley Costello, 19, is accused of lighting Roman candles while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban and is charged with a class-4 felony of second-degree arson. He appeared in court on Friday for a disposition hearing.

    A class-4 felony carries the potential of two to six years in prison, though prison is not mandatory.

  • King-Murphy Elementary School’s drama club tackles Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Dreams, magic and the difficulties of love are central to the story in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and King-Murphy Elementary School’s drama club was glad to tell its audiences all about it.

    The club recently performed a shortened version of the classic Shakespeare comedy for parents and students, under the direction of Stephanie Hobbs, a long-term substitute third-grade teacher who has taken on the club.

  • EPRD looks for long-term solution for outdoor pickleball

    While it has scheduled the west court at Marshdale Park to be repainted for four dedicated pickleball courts, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District is trying to determine how to make the change profitable.

    At the March 20 meeting at Buchanan Recreation Center, EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor said the district had scheduled a repainting for late July or early August. Estimated costs for the entire project, including the repainting and new pickleball nets, would be about $14,000 to $15,000, she added.

  • 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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  • 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.