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Local News

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • All-terrain wheelchair delivered to Staunton State Park in local man's memory

    Eight weeks ago, it was considered a “someday” project. But on Friday it became a reality when nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park presented an all-terrain wheelchair to park officials that can be used by disabled visitors.

    Purchase of the chair was the result of fund-raising efforts that saw more than $40,000 donated in a very short period.

    Gifted in honor of former Elk Falls Ranch resident Mark Madsen, the chair was officially presented by Sparky, Madsen's service dog.

  • 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.