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  • Highway 74 to be partially closed for North Lake Trail study

    Crews are preparing to collect core samples from the soil underneath Highway 74 as part of the preliminary engineering study on north trail around Evergreen Lake.

    Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting informed the Evergreen Park & Recreation District Board of Directors at its regular meeting March 21 that the samplings are needed to determine the stability of retaining wall along the trail.

  • Blodgett acquitted on vehicular homicide charges

    Curtis Blodgett, the New Hampshire man accused of causing the crash that killed former Conifer resident Jana Elliott last July, was found not guilty of vehicular homicide on Thursday.

    Following a two-day trial that began March 21, jury members acquitted Blodgett of the felony charge but deadlocked on a second charge of driving under the influence — resulting in a partial mistrial; Blodgett was also charged with driving without insurance, a count he pleaded guilty to before the trial commenced.

  • School district cuts music teacher position at Fitzsimmons Middle

    Less than two weeks after Superintendent Brenda Krage announced that Platte Canyon Schools would consider budget cuts and layoffs for the 2018-19 school year, the school district has confirmed that it will eliminate at least one teaching position next year.

  • CHS grad makes grand jeté with Cleo Parker Robinson tour stop

    Lauren Ader-Cumpston was 3 years old when she walked through the doors of Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, intent on getting into a tutu and ballet slippers. She was about 14 when she left Peak Academy to study classical ballet in Denver under the guidance of Nikoloz Makhateli and Anastasiya Buechele.

    Three years later, she was Conifer High School’s valedictorian and headed for the University of Colorado at Denver — all while continuing her ballet studies on the side.

    But Ader-Cumpston isn’t your typical ballerina.

  • Real estate prices not negatively affected by fire

    Two real estate agents working in the Kuehster Road area say home prices in the Lower North Fork Fire area were not hugely impacted by the devastating fire.

    That is due in part to the tight housing market and the type of properties in the area. The properties tend to be large — 40 acres or more —are more rangeland, not subdivisions.

    “The market has been crazy because the industry is so tight,” said Robert Martin with RE/MAX in Conifer. “That helps everybody.”

  • Lessons learned: Lower North Fork Fire changed the lives of residents forever

    The families living along Kuehster Road south of Conifer have learned lessons and come to realizations as a result of the Lower North Fork Fire: the power of neighbor helping neighbor, the lack of faith in the government, the anxiety that returns as they recount the harrowing hours they spent getting out and waiting to learn what they would return to — and that time does not necessarily heal all wounds.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen eatery returning to making primarily soup

    Da Kind Soups in Evergreen is going back to its roots.

    The restaurant on Meadow Drive will close on Friday, spend about a month reconfiguring its space and reopen selling bags of soups. There will be more soup options and bag sizes from single servings to quarts, which will be available for pickup or to ship.

    The soups, which are not frozen, can be heated up in hot water, the preferable method, or in a microwave. Soup will be available for purchase in the store, and they are expanding to offer a soup-shipping business.

  • RMAE to cut five teaching positions for next year

    In its continuing effort to balance its budget, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is planning to have five fewer classroom teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

    With around 250 students and 12 teachers, the average student-teacher ratio next year will be about 21:1. This year’s average student-teacher ratio is 15:1.

    Interim executive director Gary Stueven informed staff about the non-contract renewals on Thursday and sent a letter to parents on Friday explaining his decisions.

  • Elk Meadow dog park set to close completely

    Jeffco Open Space announced Friday that it will close the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area in Evergreen in its entirety on Tuesday, April 4.

    The Elk Meadow dog park has multiple safety and environmental challenges that need to be addressed immediately, an Open Space news release stated. Earlier this month, Open Space evaluated keeping an eight-acre parcel open for park visitor enjoyment. It has become apparent that this would help address some concerns, but not all, the release stated.

  • 2 arrested in connection with North Turkey Creek Fire

    Two men have been arrested, accused of lighting fireworks that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on Wednesday.

    Andrew Askins and Riley Costello, both 18, face second-degree arson charges for lighting fireworks while Jeffco is in a stage-2 fire ban. The pair have been booked and are no longer in custody, said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The 7-acre fire began around 1 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 285 and North Turkey Creek Road.