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  • District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.

  • Entry with ‘bite’ is tops at Rhubarb Fest

    Pine Grove’s 29th annual Rhubarb Festival was a hot one — from scorching temperatures to a parade featuring the chrome bumpers of classic cars to the unusual dish that won the annual bake-off, it was a weekend burned into memory.

  • Heritage Ride kicks off Evergreen Rodeo week

    About 30 horses and their riders returned to scattered cheers at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds after a two-hour fund-raising trail ride Sunday. Led by Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson, the Heritage Ride kicked off the start of Evergreen Rodeo week by supporting the Colorado Horse Council.

  • Evergreen Rodeo turns 50 in style

    The Evergreen Rodeo is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a weekend packed with excitement and entertainment Friday through Sunday.  

    “It’s one thing to slap a board on your feet and slide down a mountain; it’s another thing to get on a 2,000-pound bull,” said Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson. “This is an extreme sport, so if you want to see athleticism and if you want to see danger, if you want to see unpredictability, it is all wrapped up in about a two-hour rodeo.”

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run appears in court

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy in March at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit had his first court appearance June 6.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and careless driving resulting in injury.

  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Two Evergreen schools will have new leadership at the start of the 2016-17 academic year: Kathleen Piane will fill a new assistant principal position at Evergreen Middle School, and Brandon Brekke will take over as principal at Evergreen High.

  • Lookout Mountain woman arrested in infant's death

    A Lookout Mountain woman has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her 3-month-old infant.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call at 11:30 a.m. May 20 about an infant who was not breathing. Officers and medical crews who responded to an address on Lookout Mountain Circle found the infant unresponsive and started CPR. The child was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Englewood man killed in motorcycle-car collision on U.S. 285

    An Englewood man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car at Kings Valley Road and U.S. 285, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    James Ellison, 68, died at the scene after his motorcycle collided with a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Dillon Tussey, 22, of Evergreen at 12:05 p.m. Ellison was driving a 2006 Harley-Davidson south on U.S. 285 when it collided with the Honda Civic as the car attempted to turn from Kings Valley Road onto U.S. 285.

  • Jefferson County will host two National Trails Day events

    For anyone looking to spend a June Saturday enjoying the fresh air and Jefferson County Open Space’s trails and parks, volunteers are being sought for two National Trails Day restoration projects.

    One will be at Matthews/Winters Park, and the other at Evergreen’s Dedisse Park. National Trails Day, June 4, celebrates trails across the nation, and was started by the American Hiking Society.