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  • Sixth-graders meet for pre-CCMS team building

    There was a lot of yelling, jumping, wearing blindfolds, name-forgetting, game playing and team building — lots and lots of team building.

    About 50 sixth-graders from multiple schools across Clear Creek County gathered at the Easter Seals Camp in Empire on Friday for the annual Duster Day event to help students meet one another before attending Clear Creek Middle School this fall.

  • Students learn to celebrate differences from veteran’s therapy cat

    It isn’t easy being different. Whether you’re the new kid at school or a disabled military veteran or a cat without a coat, being different can draw the judgmental eye of everyone around you and leave you feeling lonely and isolated.

    But one recent morning at West Jefferson Elementary School, all of those differences were celebrated through the lens of kindness.

  • Police arrest man in connection with murder of Aurora woman

    Police have arrested Shawrae Butler, 21, in connection with the death of Queen Ashby. 

    Police were searching for Butler, who was considered armed and dangerous, before he was arrested Friday afternoon.

    The body of Ashby, 20, from Aurora was found by a motorist near Highway 103 on April 8. After weeks of being unable to identify her, police released a computer rendering to local media, which funneled dozens of tips to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

  • Extra credit

    A Conifer High School senior, Kris has been doing a whole lot more home work this year. Not that he’s complaining about it.
    “It’s really fun,” said Kris, inserting strips of fiberglass insulation between floor joists with a practiced hand. “It’s amazing to see a big pile of wood come together into a house.”

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  • Seventh annual Senior Law Day set for June 3

    The Jeffco District Attorney’s Office announced this week it is hosting its seventh annual Senior Law Day on June 3, offering educational seminars for seniors and adults who may be facing challenges with their aging parents.

  • Dog park group still question water testing

    Members of the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park met Thursday to discuss strategies in the local nonprofit’s ongoing efforts to pressure the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners to reopen Elk Meadow, and one board member plans to unveil information he thinks will cast serious doubts about Jeffco Open Space’s water quality testing of the creek that runs through the dog park.

  • Bailey speed study planned

    The speed limit along the stretch of U.S. 285 that runs through Bailey could be significantly reduced in the future if the Colorado Department of Transportation successfully completes a speed study it says it wants to do.
    According to Steve Harelson, CDOT’s Region 1 west program engineer, the agency began having discussions about reducing the speed after a tractor-trailer crashed into Aspen Peak Cellars last fall.

  • Stinker Stores purchases Bradley

    Idaho-based Stinker Stores has acquired 41 stores from Bradley Petroleum, including the gas station in Morrison and Evergreen.
    In a board meeting last week, the Morrison town board, which also acts as the town’s liquor licensing authority, approved a liquor license transfer to the new owner of the downtown Morrison gas station.
    Though there was some discussion about the dates of application and official transfer, the board passed unanimously the motion.

  • Learning to be involved

    Whether it’s leading a healthier lifestyle, helping abused animals or learning about local issues — King-Murphy sixth-graders on Friday tried to motivate their fellow students to get involved.

    In small groups, the students presented the culmination of their work on the topics, and used skits, oral presentations and posters to explain the issues and how to make a difference.

    The projects are called Exhibition, and it is a requirement for International Baccalaureate schools. King-Murphy has been an IB school for more than five years.