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  • Head-on collision on U.S. 285 injures at least two

    Two vehicles collided head-on Tuesday evening on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, the crash occurred at 9:11 p.m. and initially shut down the highway in both directions. Reid said an extrication procedure was under way, and a Flight for Life helicopter was standing by to transport one person to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood; a second person was transported by ambulance.

    Elk Creek Fire responded to the crash and requested mutual aid from the Evergreen and Platte Canyon fire departments.

  • Elk Meadow dog park lovers ‘doggedly determined’ to keep off-leash area open

    A group of local dog lovers and regular patrons of the Elk Meadow off-leash area are busy organizing a movement to save the popular dog park in Evergreen in the wake of news that Jeffco Open Space plans to close it amid myriad public safety and environmental concerns.

  • LESSON PLANS: Conifer High students take on a musical 'with depth'

    If you like the story of “The Little Mermaid,” you’ll enjoy the Conifer High School spring musical, “Once on This Island,” being performed this weekend.

    While the show is not well known to some, it is CHS theater teacher Fran Arniotes’ favorite, and she is amazed at how many people have not seen it.

  • Fire damages Indian Hills home

     A fire damaged a home Monday afternoon on Otowi Road in Indian Hills.

    The resident of the house was evacuated safely with no injuries, according to a series of tweets from Mountain FIDO. Indian Hills Fire reported that the flames were knocked down, but there was damage to the west side of the home. 

    It was the second structure fire in three weeks in Indian Hills. Prior to these blazes, Fire Chief Emery Carson said, the district went 12 years without a structure fire.  

  • Crews contain two wildfires on Green Mountain

    Crews from West Metro Fire contained two blazes on Green Mountain in Lakewood early Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire department had reported that its investigators said both fires are suspicious, however there is no official cause released.

    According to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, the first fire was on the north side of the mountain. It was reported about 1:30 a.m., and ended up burning about 1.7 acres, she said. The second was on the east side and started about 5 a.m., charring approximately 5.8 acres.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.

  • Evergreen man reported missing

    An Evergreen man has been reported missing after leaving his home Wednesday evening. 

    Gary Mills, 73, left his home in the 25300 block of North Turkey Creek Road at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday and has yet to return. He was driving a blue 1998 Ford F-150 pickup with Colorado license plate 380-CST. 

    Mills is 5-foot-9 and weighs 115 pounds; he has gray hair and hazel eyes. 

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating Mills and said he might be confused or disoriented.

  • StageDoor offers portal to TV Land in new play

    What do you get when you combine “Sherlock Holmes,” “Game of Thrones” and half a dozen other television shows with a coach-potato college kid, pop culture references and a stripped-down set reminiscent of MTV’s unplugged series? “T.V. Unplugged,” a new romantic comedy from StageDoor Theatre’s junior company.

  • Jeffco school district considering pay hike for next superintendent

    The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district’s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.

    Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm’s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.

  • Conifer home lost in Valentine’s Day blaze

    A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a Conifer home despite efforts from several area fire departments. 

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire, the department received a report of a possible structure fire at 13533 South Wamblee Valley Road about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the flames had engulfed the home and were spreading into nearby trees.