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  • Snow rescues Winterfest

    The snow fairies smiled on Conifer last week, giving Saturday’s 285 Winterfest exactly what it needed — more than 6 inches of freshly fallen flakes.

    Winterfest would have taken place with or without snow, but the white stuff just added to the fun for adults and kids alike.

    The Divas, a team of students from Harmony Hills Academy in Conifer, participated in both the Mount Lugo Luge and the snowman-carving competition. The Divas were one of three teams brought to the festivities by teacher Jen Hollis.

  • Memo from Jeffco school board lists Stevenson as superintendent

    A memo dated Feb. 23 on Jeffco school board stationery lists ex-superintendent Cindy Stevenson as the district’s current leader — but the district’s spokeswoman denied that the former longtime superintendent is poised to return.

  • Evergreen resident on trial on firearms, tax charges

    An Evergreen resident and former reality-TV star is on trial this week on charges of conspiracy, dealing firearms without a license, filing false income-tax returns and failure to file tax returns.

    Richard Wyatt, 53, who operated the Wheat Ridge gun store Gunsmoke and starred in "American Guns" on the Discovery Channel in 2011-12, surrendered to authorities last February after a federal indictment alleged he sold firearms illegally and failed to report $1.1 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Storm cancels several events

    The winter storm has postponed Thursday night's meeting at Buchanan Rec Center regarding the Elk Meadow off-leash area. 

    Also, Wednesday night's performance of "Once on This Island" at Conifer High School has been canceled.

  • Storm cancel several events

    The winter storm has forced postponement of Thursday night's meeting at Buck Rec Center concerning the Elk Meadow off-leash area.

    Also, the performance of "Once on This Island" at Conifer High School on Wednesday night has been canceled.

  • I-70 reopens from Morrison to Genesee; dog park meeting postponed

    Snowy conditions made commutes on I-70 near Lookout Mountain treacherous on Thursday afternoon, causing several accidents and closing the highway. While lanes in both directions had been closed earlier between Golden and Genesee for accident cleanup and road treatment, all lanes had reopened as of 6:15 p.m.

    CDOT reported earlier Thursday afternoon that two separate crashes on westbound I-70 at the Chief Hosa exit briefly closed one lane of the highway. Shortly afterward, all westbound lanes were closed from Golden to Genesee because of winds and snow.

  • EFPD again delays decision on adding solar panels to stations

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District has again delayed a decision on whether to add solar panels to several of its fire stations to reduce energy costs — favoring instead further exploration of other energy-saving measures.

    At a meeting Feb. 14, board members cited a desire to implement “low-hanging fruit” such as LED lighting, light sensors and other energy efficiencies to defray the short-term and long-term cost of installing photovoltaic panels at several of the district’s fire stations.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jefferson County schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Fitzsimmons Middle School’s interim principal to become permanent

    The Platte Canyon school board last week unanimously approved the appointment of Ginger Slocum as the permanent principal of Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, roughly six months after she replaced former principal Rim Watson on an interim basis.

    According to Platte Canyon Superintendent Brenda Krage, Slocum bested almost a dozen other candidates and was one of four finalists interviewed by several committees and community members.

  • Winterfest returns to Conifer this weekend

    Conifer’s fifth annual Winterfest celebration returns Saturday, and while the National Weather Service can’t confirm whether Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance, the festivities will go on regardless.

    According to Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Mount Lugo Luge tubing competition at Meyer Ranch Open Space, while other activities will run until 4 p.m. at Aspen Park Village — even if warm weather postpones the tubing and snowman carving until another day.