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  • Evergreen High grad follows in his dad’s footsteps through the Journey of Hope

    A college student from Evergreen spent the summer learning the meaning of selflessness by participating in the Journey of Hope.

    Layton Rogers, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, road a bike across the United States with fraternity brothers from around the country, raising money for people with disabilities and bringing awareness to their situations through The Ability Experience, a philanthropy of fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

  • Parks Briefs

    Jeffco Open Space

    According to Matt Robbins, JCOS community connections manager:

    • JCOS opened the Big Easy Trailhead as part of the Peaks-to-Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park on Sept. 29. The trailhead features a recreational area with access to the water, fishing platforms, nearly a mile of new trails, three picnic shelters, a geology garden, and a new bridge over the creek to the Peaks-to-Plains Trail. The trailhead also has a restroom and 54 parking spaces.

  • Jeffco introduces 2018 budget with average 3 percent pay increase

    Jeffco has proposed an average 3 percent increase in salaries and 2.5 percent increase in benefits for its employees for 2018. As a whole, the county would spend almost $11.5 million more on salaries and benefits than it did in its 2017 budget — a 4.7 percent increase.

    The county has a little more than 3,000 full-time and grant-funded employees; salaries and benefits have made up about half of the county’s expenditures the past several years, the Jeffco commissioners said.

  • JCSO's detention deputy academy in full swing

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series.

    The instructor shouted, “Taser, Taser, Taser.”

    There was a short pop as probes shot into Casey Buell-Schoenman’s left hamstring. Thousands of volts of electricity coursed through his body, and his muscles went rigid.

    After a few seconds, the voltage ceased and his fellow recruits gave him a small round of applause as Buell-Schoenman pushed himself off the mat and stood up.

  • Inaugural Parmalee Fun Run is a rousing success

    Every time Maya Killough rounded the corner to complete another lap of Parmalee Elementary School’s Fun Run she paused to hug the school’s new panther mascot.

    “She’s my mom,” the second-grader said with a grin.

    For the first time, the Indian Hills elementary school hosted the before-school fun run in an effort to transform its annual fund-raising effort. Typically, the school organizes a check challenge and asks parents to write donation checks.

  • Human Services says alleged forgery had little impact on families it serves

    Jefferson County Human Services says the alleged forgery by its former employee had no negative implications for the children and families it serves.

    Richelle Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury, Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare casework with the county.

  • Morrison combating vehicle noise

    To some extent, noise will always be a concern for the town of Morrison.

    In a tourist-driven town that is home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and Bandimere Speedway, much of it is to be expected.

    Now board members are discussing ways to combat a different type of noise – sound from vehicles and altered exhaust systems. The idea has come up in board meetings before but was reinforced by a recent letter from a resident.

  • A bewitching good time

    Witches of every shape and size went to the Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey on Friday to have a good time for a good cause.

    The sixth annual Witches Tea brings together about 20 women who nosh on refreshments and socialize — all while raising money for Mountain PeaceWorks, which operates the Mountain Peace Shelter for women and their families who are domestic violence victims.

  • TallGrass collecting items for soldier boxes

    Even though it’s just mid-October, TallGrass Aveda Day Spa is already thinking about the military who will be away from home during the holidays.

    TallGrass is once again collecting items that can be put into soldier boxes for men and women. Owner Gail Sharp is hoping the community will help in four ways:

    • Donate travel-size personal care items and drop them off by Nov. 9 at the spa at 997 Upper Bear Creek Road or at The Wild Game, 1204 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen, and the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce office in the Stone House in Bergen Park.

  • EHS athletic director, football coach placed on administrative leave

    Ryan Alsup, the athletic director at Evergreen High School, and Rob Molholm, longtime head football coach at Evergreen High School, have been placed on administrative leave in connection with a recent disciplinary issue that may’ve been handled improperly. Alsup was placed on leave last Thursday, while Molholm was suspended indefinitely from his coaching duties Monday afternoon.

    According to a letter from Evergreen High principal Brandon Brekke, Molholm’s suspension doesn’t affect his duties as a social studies teacher at the school.