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Local News

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Cemetery tour to return for second year

    Mix one part local history with one part genealogy and a dash of fear, and you’ll get the recipe for a little fun.

    The Conifer Historical Society’s annual historical cemetery tour returns for a second year this weekend, and, according to Suzi Morris, president of the society, the tour comes with a bigger history component this year.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    School district lands thousands for lead testing

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded Jeffco Public Schools $10,528 to test the district’s drinking water for lead over the 2016-17 school year.

  • Express lane improves summer travel times

    The eastbound express lane on I-70 from Empire through Idaho Springs was a benefit to travelers in its first summer, state officials report.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the toll lane’s added capacity led to a 38 percent improvement in travel times.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Inmate dies at Jeffco jail

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail died Wednesday after being found unresponsive, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies began CPR and called for additional medical assistance after finding inmate David Little unresponsive and with a ligature around his neck at 4 p.m., the release said. Little was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m.

  • Domestic violence a hidden problem in the mountain area

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which takes place annually in October.

    Domestic violence: Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.

  • EPRD eyeing boost in cost of rec pass

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking to increase the price of an annual recreation pass and the salaries of full-time employees in the first draft of its 2017 budget.

    At the EPRD board meeting Sept. 27, financial controller Jason Leslie presented board members with the district’s first official draft of the 2017 budget. Leslie gave a comprehensive look at projected revenue and expenses.

  • Families donate snacks for deputies

    A Lookout Mountain family last week organized a community drive to collect snacks, sports drinks and other goodies for the Jeffco County Sheriff’s Office.

    Britt Gaskell and her three children decided that, in the wake of recent violence toward police officers across the country, they wanted to show their appreciation and “recognize all of you (officers) for your dedication and compassion to our community.”

  • EPRD looks at short-term fix for trail

    Officials at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District are looking at a short-term solution for the unstable segment of the Lake Trail that would involve using erosion-resistant concrete.

    At a meeting of the EPRD board on Sept. 27, board members discussed using “colloidal” concrete, which has a grout-like additive, to reinforce the retaining walls on the closed section of the trail.