Local News

  • Elk Creek firefighters deployed to California

    Four Elk Creek firefighters have been deployed to help fight the wildfires currently burning in California, including fires in Santa Cruz, the Angeles National Forest and Napa County.

    According to Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management notified the department of an urgent request last week, and Elk Creek responded.

  • Outside-the-box approach is Lozensky’s push to join Platte Canyon school board

    Platte Canyon school board candidate Rockie Lozensky offers something a little different than the five other candidates running for three open seats on the school board. While she’s the mother of two girls in the district and has lived in the area for more than 20 years, she’s not a current board member, she hasn’t taught at any of the schools, and she isn’t affiliated with Parents and Citizens for Education. Lozensky isn’t necessarily even a diehard attendee of the monthly board meetings.

  • Fitzsimmons parent, public accountant eyes Platte Canyon school board seat

    For Heather Prewitt, the past year in the Platte Canyon school district was tough to watch. Prewitt regularly spoke during public comment at school board meetings — pointing out issues with financial reports, and expressing concerns that the district and school board weren’t being transparent enough about decisions. Prewitt’s concerns led to her involvement with Parents and Citizens for Education, an advocacy group that helped organize last year’s unsuccessful recall of the Platte Canyon school board.

  • 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.