Local News

  • Francone takes over as District 3 county commissioner

    In a formal swearing-in ceremony, Tina Francone last week officially replaced former Commissioner Don Rosier on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Friends, family members, Jeffco employees and an assortment of politicians packed the hearing room in the county building for the Feb. 6 event.

  • Conifer family escapes house fire that destroyed garage

    A father and son living on Meyer Parkway in Conifer escaped a house fire late Feb. 6 after a passersby at the King Soopers across U.S. 285 alerted first responders to the blaze.

    According to Jacob Ware, deputy fire chief for Elk Creek Fire, Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were called about a structure fire in the 9700 block of Meyer Parkway at 10:14 p.m. Feb. 6, and discovered an attached garage and several trees on fire. Deputies Denise Denuzzi, James Huffman and Jacy Gardner were able to wake the homeowner, who told deputies that his teenage son was in the basement.

  • Jeffco Conservation District seeks board nominations

    The Jefferson Conservation District is seeking nominations for four board of supervisor seats that are up for election this year. Those seats are currently occupied by Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman.

    Board supervisors oversee the activities of the JCD, including forest and weed management projects, education and outreach events and more. Board supervisors are unpaid and serve four-year terms.

  • Judge seals Hudson’s records

    A Jeffco district judge last week ruled in favor of sealing all court records related to the investigation and trial of Mark E. Hudson, the Evergreen man and former Clear Creek music teacher who was acquitted last October on charges of sexually assaulting a child at his home in 2015.

  • Kids learn winter essentials while outdoors as Junior Rangers

    When helping someone with hypothermia, wrap them up in a sleeping bag like a burrito; more layers is better when traveling in the cold; and, when packing for a hike, it will never be necessary to bring a VHS version of “Home Alone.”

    About 30 kids and their parents discovered these winter fundamentals and more on Sunday as part of their curriculum to become Jeffco Open Space Winter Junior Rangers.

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    • Jeffco Open Space will be working with a contractor on a restoration project at the former Elk Meadow dog park. During its Feb. 6 hearing, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $114,000 contract with Western States Reclamation, Inc., for design and construction services. Open Space anticipates it will take three years to completely restore the site. For the first few months, the contractor will help JCOS understand the ecology and water flow. The agency doesn’t anticipate any heavy land work until the fall to minimize impacts on the nearby stream.

  • Elk Creek student advances to state bee

    The Conifer area spelling bee started with a “welcome” and ended with a “ricochet.”

    For the first time in several years, an Elk Creek Elementary School student won the Conifer-area spelling bee and will compete in the state bee on March 10.

    Fifth-grader Bobby Roy won the Feb. 6 spelling bee at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Bobby beat out 13 other competitors from Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jefferson Elementary, including runner-up Matthew Adams, also an Elk Creek fifth-grader.

  • EPRD starts boxing class for people with Parkinson's disease

    As “Eye of the Tiger” blasted through the speakers, four boxers and their instructors marched in place. The floorboards of the rec center studio trembled under the strength and determination in their strides.

    At the end of their warm-ups, they worked the bags — first the heavy bags, then the speed bags. After that, two boxers did abdominal workouts and stretches on the floor, while the other two stacked and unstacked cups.

    A little unorthodox, perhaps, for a boxing class.

  • Middle-schoolers take on reasons for bullying in original show

    Imagine putting nine middle-schoolers into a room and asking them what they want to write a theatrical play about. Who would think they would tackle bullying and the causes behind it?

    The students in StageDoor Theatre’s Play to Stage program will perform “Mindless” on Friday and Saturday. They wrote the play, developed the characters, created the costumes and are in control of the show because that’s what Page to Stage is all about.

  • EAPL thrives for 37 years

    It was April 1981 when a couple veterinarians and a handful of people made an effort to rescue lost and unwanted animals in the Evergreen area.
    Since then the Evergreen Animal Protective League has flourished, beginning with the placement of 300 animals a year and ending with more than 1,000 lives rescued this past year.
    The organization has been responsible for saving a plethora of species, including birds, rabbits, rats, pigs, sheep and, of course, cats and dogs.