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  • Jail escapee sentenced to 72 years for crime spree

    The man who in 2014 became the first Jeffco jail inmate to escape in almost 30 years was sentenced last week to 72 years in prison for his escape and the string of crimes he committed afterward.

    Travis Sandlin, 34, was convicted by a jury Jan. 12 of 33 felony counts, including escape, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, identity theft and trespass of a vehicle.

  • MRC fund-raiser brings Derby Daze to mountain area

    Big hats, mint juleps and horses on the track: All will be at the party, and the Mountain Resource Center hopes a lot of people will be there as well.

    On Saturday, the MRC will host Mountain Derby Daze at the Evergreen Elks Lodge — a new fund-raising event that will feature a silent auction, wooden horse races, a derby hat and attire contest, and a live stream of the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

  • Tunneling critters terrorize gardening community

    As mountain gardeners from Genesee to Conifer watch the snow melt, they are discovering evidence of voracious voles engaged in an eating frenzy. 

    Voles are mouse-like animals about 3 to 8 inches long, with short legs and hairless tails. They cause damage by chewing bark off seedlings and mature trees, as well as eating plant roots.

  • Opponents of Rooney Valley rezoning meet to map strategy

    Neighbors opposed to rezoning that could change the face of the Dinosaur Ridge area in the Rooney Valley say they are not opposed to development, but prefer “smart development” that doesn’t intrude on the environment.

    At an informal community meeting at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood on April 26, about 50 people gathered to discuss ways to thwart two rezoning applications filed by Three Dinos LLC that would allow for auto dealerships and other retail uses on two parcels at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway.

  • Ascent Church honors community members who change the world

    Members of the Evergreen community who make a difference and change the world were honored Sunday at Ascent Church’s World Changer services.

    “You deserve every ounce of honor for everything you do,” next-generation pastor Matt Moore told the congregation at the 10:30 a.m. service. “You change lives. Thank you so much.”

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.