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  • Evergreen couple plead guilty to child abuse

    An Evergreen couple have pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving their 6-year-old daughter, who was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 41, and Katherine Clark Barton, 37, were arrested in June 2015 on the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 3 felony, after medical personnel found their daughter weighed only 25 pounds.

  • Grass fire flares up again near Genesee exit

    Mountain area fire departments were forced to return to a grass fire east of the Genesee exit on Interstate 70 when it re-ignited on Monday afternoon.

    Firefighters had extinguished the blaze early Monday morning, but gusty winds apparently rekindled embers during the afternoon.

    Two lanes of westbound I-70 had been closed while firefighters conducted mop-up operations during the morning, according to a Twitter post from a spokesman for the mountain area fire districts.

  • Jeffco school district dismisses rumors about threats related to ‘creepy clowns’

    Rumors about people dressed as clowns planning violent attacks at Jeffco schools have been determined to be unfounded.

    According to a statement from Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the district has had reports at several schools over the last few days about “clowns coming to shoot up the school.” After an investigation of the threats, which McMinimee said were primarily found on social media, the district's security team and local law enforcement “found no evidence that this is a credible threat.”

  • Bike path opens from Genesee to El Rancho

    While CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt was in the midst of his speech, a cyclist zipped up the trail behind him to join his fellow bikers in the crowd. It was hard to blame the eager cyclist; after all, the trail he’d just biked had been almost 11 years in the making.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation and other organizations commemorated the official opening of the Interstate 70 bike path from the Genesee buffalo overlook to El Rancho on Sept. 28.

  • County still seeking location for public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space officials met with the county commissioners earlier this month to inform them that the search continues for a location for a public shooting range.

  • New director of PeaceWorks has big plans for organization

    When Lori Cuno started her career more than a decade ago, she planned to go into elementary education. A love for helping those in need even led her to take on a couple of long-term substitute positions in the world of special education while completing her master’s degree in counseling.

  • Raising funds, awareness to fight cancer

    Do 30 clean-and-jerks by lifting a barbell to your chest and then over your head.

    Do it with 95 pounds if you’re a woman, or 135 if you’re a man.

    Now, do it while wearing a hot-pink bra.

    This is “Grace” — a CrossFit workout that has become the staple challenge for the “Barbells for Boobs” event.

  • SRC plans Wurstfest fund-raiser

    Chow down on a bratwurst, sip a beer and help raise money for the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    The SRC on Saturday will host Wurstfest, an event reminiscent of Germany’s Oktoberfest that serves as the senior center’s sole fund-raiser of the year.

    In its second year, the event has a distinct fund-raising goal: to raise $30,000 for a fire alarm system for the on-site senior activity program.

    “It’s a lofty goal,” said Lori Joslin, the SRC’s executive director.

  • Wildfire contained after burning up to 4 acres near Beaver Brook Lodge Estates

    Firefighters contained a wildland fire early Saturday near Beaver Brook Lodge Estates in Evergreen that spurred an evacuation notice to neighborhood residents.

    The blaze, which was estimated at 2 to 4 acres, was in steep and rocky terrain in the area west of Bergen Park. Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported via Twitter that the fire ignited about 1:42 a.m.

    No injuries were reported, and no structures were damaged. The fire was reported extinguished sometime after 6 a.m., and the evacuation order was lifted.

  • Searchers rescue injured hiker in Genesee Park

    Searchers early Saturday found and evacuated an injured hiker who spent part of the night in Genesee Park.

    More than 40 searchers had been combing the park overnight for the woman, who texted her husband at 6:45 p.m. Friday to say that she was injured and needed assistance.

    The woman, who was found about 2 a.m., was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue.