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  • Former Evergreen resident Encalada LaTorre defies deportation orders

    Ingrid Encalada LaTorre, the former Evergreen resident who was scheduled to be deported to Peru last week, defied deportation orders Oct. 17 and instead entered sanctuary at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins — the second time she’s entered sanctuary in the past year.

    In a statement released through the American Friends Service Committee in Denver, LaTorre said that while she originally planned to comply with the orders, she ultimately decided against it.

  • Jeffco school board candidates square off at candidate forum

    Student achievement, school funding and teacher retention were among the near dozen topics that Jeffco school board candidates sparred over Oct. 17 at a candidate forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and Together Colorado at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden.

  • Jeffco talks diversity, inclusivity

    Nearly 300 people gathered last week to discuss ways to carry the topic of diversity and inclusivity to the forefront of conversation in Jefferson County and beyond.

    Hosted by Jeffco Human Services, Jeffco Human Resources, Jeffco Public Library, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Boulder County, the One Community Summit, held Oct. 19 at the Arvada Center, featured a keynote speaker and various breakout sessions centering on diversity, inclusivity and equity.

  • Town of Morrison hires interim police chief

    There’s a new face at the helm of the Morrison Police Department.

    George Mumma, a former senior investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is now serving as the interim chief of the police department. The town officially hired him Oct. 10 after former chief Rudy Sandoval retired in late September.

  • Morrison’s Forest of Doom incites fear, the spirit of Halloween

    Imagine taking a walk down a dimly lit, wooded path on a chilly, fall night. For many, the thought alone would incite fear.

    Add in spooky props and actors in bloodied makeup and ripped costumes, who feed off the fear of those who dare to venture down the trail. Then you’ll have the Forest of Doom.

    The haunted trail on North Turkey Creek Road in Morrison was founded last year by Ryse Bush, a Morrison resident and Halloween lover.

  • The making up of Frankenstein

    Frankenstein’s monster wouldn’t be the same without the right makeup and costume.

    That’s true with Evergreen High School’s production of “Frankenstein,” a new adaptation of the original work by Mary Shelley. Sophomore Alex Weary is in charge of the actors’ makeup for the show that’s just right for Halloween, and junior Angelica Walters is the costume mistress. They are vital to the show just like the actors, director, stage and lighting crew.

  • Lesson Plans: Sixth-grader spends a day as principal at King-Murphy

    King-Murphy Elementary School’s new principal — if only for a day — had a whirlwind agenda on Thursday.

    Sixth-grader John Shriner’s day began with bus duty, followed by checking external doors to make sure they were locked, attending a meeting with the specials teachers to discuss the International Baccalaureate curriculum, visiting classrooms and talking with students. He also met with representatives from the PTA and student council, and he supervised a fire drill, recess and afternoon bus duty.

  • JCSO’s detention deputies graduate

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

    After a long day of classes at the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s detention deputy academy, recruit Casey Buell-Schoenman was excited to go to his son’s karate class with his wife Ari.

    For the Buell-Schoenman family, who live in the Lakewood area, the 10-week academy has gone by fast.

  • Jeffco’s 2018 proposed budget raises concerns

    Jeffco has proposed another budget in which its expenditures are outpacing its revenues, which the commissioners stressed is not sustainable.

    “Do we forego long-term stability for short-term gain?” Commissioner Don Rosier asked Oct. 17 at a Jeffco Board of County Commissioners formal hearing on the 2018 proposed budget. “Everybody needs to be on that same page when we go through (the budget).”

  • Evergreen CBD-based business granted rezoning approval

    Despite negative public comments, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved rezoning a property on Bryant Drive in Evergreen to allow a plant oil-extraction business.

    Hammer Enterprises makes products with cannabidiol hemp oil, a form of plant-oil extraction. There is no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, in its product or on the premises at 30616 Bryant Drive, which is in one of only two areas in Evergreen that is recommended for industrial use.