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  • Conifer boy short-listed for prestigious award

    Five months after his work went on display at the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Joe Biden, Morgan Wolfers has been short-listed for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award by the London Natural History Museum.

    If he wins, his work will be published in a book and featured in an international exhibition that will go on tour for a year.

  • Platte Canyon schools receive high performance rating from the state

    The Colorado Department of Education has rated the Platte Canyon School District as one of the highest performing in the state.

    Announced by Superintendent Brenda Krage on Oct. 4 and briefly discussed at the district’s school board meeting Oct. 10, the preliminary “district and school performance frameworks” ratings mean that all four schools in the district are meeting or exceeding state expectations when it comes to “academic achievement, academic longitudinal growth, academic gaps and post-secondary and workforce readiness.”

  • Yoga class not a stretch for Clear Creek teachers

    Teachers at Clear Creek High School/Middle School participated in a yoga class on Friday — clearing their minds and creating a sense of calm — before spending the day catching up on their work while students enjoyed a day off.

    Principal Elizabeth Gardner said the class’ purpose was twofold: to help teachers find some internal balance — as they typically spend their days interacting with students and parents — and to provide a fun activity for the staff to do together.

  • Hiking safety a priority

    The Alpine Rescue Team’s Safety Day on Saturday was a win-win for both attendees and rescuers.

    Attendees learned about backcountry safety and were able to attend seminars on cell phones and personal locator beacons, mountain weather and avalanche safety. They checked out the vehicles used in search-and-rescue operations and met with rescuers. There were also games to entertain the kids, a visit by a Flight for Life helicopter, and search-and-rescue dogs to meet.

  • Fire restrictions in place for unincorporated Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has issued stage 1 fire restrictions for all of unincorporated Jefferson County, effective at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

    According to a statement, the restrictions are being enacted due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.” 

  • Food pantry celebrates five years at MRC

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Volunteers at Leigh’s Pantry in Conifer know the clients.

    They’re on a first-name basis with many of them and know their struggles beyond food needs.

    The food pantry has had a consistent base of 11 volunteers since opening in the Mountain Resource Center five years ago this past September.

  • RMAE appoints new board in wake of faculty firings

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen now has six new school board members in the first step toward dealing with problems plaguing the charter school. Those difficulties came to a head in the last two weeks as seven board members resigned, the school’s executive director fired six faculty members, and parents and students protested the firings in front of the school.

    Kyle Stults, the sole remaining member of the board, convened a meeting Monday night at which he appointed six parent representatives to the board, and they elected officers.

  • IREA reporting power outage in Conifer

    Extremely high winds have knocked out power for residents in Conifer and Woodland Park.

    According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, several power outages in those areas were reported early Monday afternoon. In a statement on Facebook, the organization said: “Our crews are working as quickly as possible to restore service.” But it gave no estimated time as to when power would return. 

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run enters not-guilty pleas

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy along I-70 during a March snowstorm pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, entered innocent pleas to four charges: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and careless driving resulting in injury.

    District attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said Landsperg has a pretrial conference scheduled for early November, and remains free on $10,000 bond.

  • Indian Hills residents hear suggestions from 2015 groundwater study

    Recommendations from the 2015 Indian Hills groundwater study drew mixed reactions last week as representatives of Jeffco Public Health met with the Indian Hills community.

    No final decisions or policies were announced at the town hall meeting last week. Instead, Jeffco officials hoped to share the results of the study and receive feedback from residents in Indian Hills, a community of approximately 1,200 people.