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  • County seeks volunteers for marijuana task force

    Jeffco is accepting applications for volunteers who would like to serve on a marijuana task force that will report on retail pot sales in the county’s municipalities.

    The county enacted a moratorium through February 2015 on marijuana sales in unincorporated areas but wants to know about effects on public safety, health and business communities, said Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation.

  • Rosier in nation’s capital to lobby on local issues

    County Commissioner Don Rosier was in Washington, D.C., this week lobbying Congress on local issues such as funding for social programs and storm-water regulations.

    Rosier went to the U.S. capital as part of the National Association of Counties’ legislative conference from March 1-5, where 2,000 county governments from across the country lobby U.S. lawmakers on issues that local governments face every day.

  • 10-month-old bitten by bulldog still in critical condition

    A 10-month-old boy bitten by an American bulldog last week still is in critical condition at Children’s Hospital, and the dog has been euthanized.

    Details about the boy’s injuries are not being released, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley, but there was some improvement in his condition over the weekend.

  • Evergreen Newspapers win 33 awards at state press convention

    Evergreen Newspapers had a record-breaking weekend at the Feb. 21 Colorado Press Association awards dinner.

    The staff surpassed last year’s record total by one, taking home 33 awards at this year’s annual convention.

    The High Timber Times received a coveted Sweepstakes award for its website. In other categories, photo editor Gabriel Christus led the way, winning 19 awards. Sports editor Michael Hicks won 10, and Clear Creek Courant editor Ian Neligh won five. Many of the awards had multiple winners for design and story/photo combinations.

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedic promoting CPR app for devices

    When a person needs CPR, he needs it fast. And Evergreen Fire/Rescue paramedic John Locke is promoting a smart-phone app that would improve rescue times by getting qualified members of the public involved.

    The app, “PulsePoint,” alerts CPR-trained users that someone within a quarter-mile is in need of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. It also gives the location of the nearest defibrillator.

    Locke said that 32 percent of the time, when a person in a public place goes into cardiac arrest, no one steps in to perform CPR.

  • Evergreen nurse developing plan for community health care service

    For many years Evergreen nurse practitioner Mary Pat DeWald has had a dream of making health care more accessible to local residents in need of services.

    To move forward with her goal, DeWald is planning to launch an initiative through the Nightingale Center for Human Caring, a nonprofit organization based in Evergreen.

    Services that DeWald would like to provide include direct patient care, referrals and advocacy for those with medical issues.

  • Judge throws out some claims of Lower North Fork Fire victims

    A Jefferson County judge on Feb. 18 dismissed multiple claims from Lower North Fork Fire victims against the state.

    Judge Dennis Hall ruled on a series of motions and dismissed all but the negligence claims that had been authorized by the General Assembly in the wake of the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.

  • School board member disturbed by tweets

    School board member Julie Williams announced at last Tuesday’s meeting that she was offended by recent tweets from two Jeffco PTA members.

    Williams referred to a social media conversation that took place Jan. 30 between Jeffco PTA president and former school board member Michele Patterson and PTA vice president Shawna Fritzler.

    On Jan. 30, the board was discussing which member should represent the board on the Jeffco PTA board. Patterson (@mmcpatt) and Fritzler (@DLMomofMorgan) had a conversation during and after the meeting.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Document-ary film panned

  • Rosier talks finances, fire mitigation at Conifer appearance

    County Commissioner Donald Rosier spent the first part of his Valentine’s Day in an area of Jeffco he loves, talking about county finances, fire mitigation and other issues.
    “I always love when I get to come up to Conifer or Evergreen,” he said. “The mountain community is truly great.”