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  • McMinimee hired as superintendent of public charter high school system

    Former Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee has been hired as the new superintendent of New America School-Colorado, a network of public charter high schools that serve academically underprivileged students, including English language learners and new immigrants.
        Announced to NAS staff Tuesday morning, McMinimee will replace the organization's longtime superintendent Dominic DiFelice, who is retiring from the role after 11 years.

  • Accident closes Westbound I-70 for two hours Monday morning

    Clean-up efforts from a three-vehicle crash closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Genesee's Lookout Mountain exit for two hours Monday morning.

    According to Trooper Nate Reid of Colorado State Patrol, around 7:20 a.m., a Mercedes traveling eastbound on I-70 near mile marker 256 crossed over the median and struck a semi and a Subaru in the westbound lanes.

    Reid stated that the driver of the Mercedes was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. There were no other injuries reported from the other vehicles.

  • Evergreen’s Bark Park founder removes son’s honorary plaques ahead of Elk Meadow closure

    Judi Quackenboss visited the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area on Thursday to perform the emotional task of removing two plaques placed there in her son’s honor before Jeffco Open Space closes the popular Evergreen dog park for good on Tuesday.

    “He was a dog lover, an animal lover really; he was just so good with them,” Quackenboss told a group of reporters. “It’s a tough day, but I feel John with me.”

  • Fire ban eased; stage-1 restrictions now in place

     The Jefferson County Sheriff has rescinded the temporary stage-2 fire ban and reinstated stage-1 fire restrictions for Jefferson County.

    While recent and forecasted weather helps reduce the risk of wildland fires, conditions still dictate the need for continued fire restrictions and caution, particularly with any outdoor cooking and campfires as permissible under stage 1, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The following activities are prohibited under stage-1 fire restrictions:

  • Recent rains, snow save mountain area from March 2012-like dryness

    Before some well-timed storms swept through the mountain area last weekend, March 2017 was shaping up to be just as dry as March 2012.

    According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, March 2012 was the driest March on record in the Denver area with 0.03 inches of precipitation.

    It was also the driest March on record for Evergreen with 0.06 inches. NWS-Boulder stated that the average for Evergreen in March is 1.61 inches. The service does not have a recording station in Conifer.

  • Home and garden show set for Conifer

    The 2017 Mountain Area Home and Garden Show, organized by the Evergreen and Conifer Rotary Clubs, is scheduled for April 22-23 at Conifer High School. The show draws an average of 2,000 people.

    The show will feature dozens of vendors for all types of supplies, services and resources that one would need to build, remodel or furnish a home and/or garden. There also will be free seminars on various home and garden topics.

    Organizers confirm that all the vendors service the mountain area with many being local companies.

  • Elk Creek students adhere principal to pillar, pelt him with sponges

    Dozens of Elk Creek Elementary students stood in the school’s courtyard on March 22, egging on their compatriots who were throwing sponges at principal Ryan Lucas. Before long, a chant started: “In the face! In the face!”

    The students cheered anytime the wet sponge flew close to Lucas’ face, as he was strapped to a pillar by colorful duct tape.

  • Firefighters volunteer to patch burned roof on Bluebell Lane

    After helping to put out a roof fire on Bluebell Lane on March 19, Evergreen firefighters returned to the house two days later to put a temporary fix on the roof.

    A house fire in the 5900 block of Bluebell Lane was spotted by some keen-eyed bicyclists on the road. Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived and called Elk Creek Fire Department for mutual aid. In total, 13 pieces of apparatus were used to fight the fire and haul water to the scene. Everyone in the house was evacuated.

  • Highway 74 to be partially closed for North Lake Trail study

    Crews are preparing to collect core samples from the soil underneath Highway 74 as part of the preliminary engineering study on north trail around Evergreen Lake.

    Chris Vogelsang of OV Consulting informed the Evergreen Park & Recreation District Board of Directors at its regular meeting March 21 that the samplings are needed to determine the stability of retaining wall along the trail.

  • Blodgett acquitted on vehicular homicide charges

    Curtis Blodgett, the New Hampshire man accused of causing the crash that killed former Conifer resident Jana Elliott last July, was found not guilty of vehicular homicide on Thursday.

    Following a two-day trial that began March 21, jury members acquitted Blodgett of the felony charge but deadlocked on a second charge of driving under the influence — resulting in a partial mistrial; Blodgett was also charged with driving without insurance, a count he pleaded guilty to before the trial commenced.