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  • State Rep. Leonard gets 14 days in jail for contempt of court

    State Rep. Tim Leonard of Evergreen has been sentenced to 14 days in jail for contempt of court related to violating the terms of his divorce.

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton confirmed to local media on Friday that Leonard was booked into the jail at 2:30 p.m.

  • Early-morning fire destroys Conifer home

    A Conifer family escaped Friday morning from a fire that destroyed their home on Mormon Drive just after 5 a.m.

    According to the Twitter feed from mountain area fire departments, the blaze started about 4:40 a.m. and the home was 50 percent engulfed by the time responders from Elk Creek Fire arrived. Firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby trees and other structures in the area. 

  • Indian Hills Fire board holds hearing on 2017 budget

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District board moved forward with its 2017 budget after holding a public hearing Nov. 30.

    The proposed 2017 budget totals $358,043, an increase of nearly $14,000 from the previous year, largely due to capital expenditures. Some $25,000 is set aside for fire station improvements, and the budget designates $17,500 for the purchase of new vehicles.

  • Magic meets merry-making on Main

    The magic of the Christmas season touches young and old alike.

    On Friday night, as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in downtown Evergreen aboard a fire engine, dozens of children — many of them perched on their dads’ shoulders — waved in greeting. And many of the adults waved too.

    The falling snowflakes caught the glow from the Christmas lights and fire pits. Somewhere in the background, someone was playing a holiday tune.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning request for Catholic retreat

    The third time was a charm for the Archdiocese of Denver as Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved Tuesday a rezoning request that will pave the way for the construction of the Emmaus Catholic Retreat & Conference Center near Pine Junction.

  • Two-vehicle crash temporarily closes U.S. 285

    Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when their SUVs collided on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Trooper Rob Madden, the accident occurred about 3:11 p.m. in the intersection near mile marker 232 and temporarily shut down northbound U.S. 285 at 3:21 p.m. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

    The highway reopened before 4 p.m.

  • Wilmot book swap designed to keep students reading

    Wilmot Elementary School students participated in a book swap on Friday — the school’s attempt to keep kids reading during winter break.

    The idea was simple: All last week, students brought gently used books they no longer wanted and received tickets for each book. Then, on Friday, they could look through about 2,000 books to find something new to read. A ticket equaled a new book, and those who wanted more books could buy them for 50 cents each.

  • Holiday performances planned at EHS, CHS

    Evergreen and Conifer high schools are planning holiday performances in December.

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, Evergreen High’s performing arts departments are presenting the 30th annual Madrigal Faire.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Conifer High’s drama department is presenting In A Holiday Mood: CHS Act One Theatre Company and Choirs Perform.

    Madrigal Faire

    The Madrigal Faire is a combination of a marketplace, concert and small-group performances.

  • Deep-fried competition requires … fortitude

    This year’s Conifer Christmas Market didn’t bring visions of sugar plums, but of Rocky Mountain oysters.

    Yes, Rocky Mountain oysters.

    As part of the 34th annual celebration, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Rocky Mountain oyster-eating contest. Six brave souls had to eat 10 of the fried delicacies, with the first one to finish declared the winner.

    “The theme this year was Rocky Mountain Christmas, so we had to do this,” chamber executive director Melanie Swearengin explained.