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  • Polis, public discuss wide variety of topics at town hall meeting

    The country’s political divisiveness, especially since the election of President Donald Trump, has had a silver lining, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis: It brought more than 700 people to a town hall meeting Friday night to discuss national political issues.

    The last time Polis, a Democrat, conducted such a meeting in Evergreen, which was before the November presidential election, 40 residents attended. He said people have become re-engaged in the political process.

  • Musician finds inspiration, collaborators for new album in local music scene

     EJ Bisiar bought a $15 guitar from a drug store when he was a high school senior. From there, an entire music career blossomed — opening for The Grateful Dead in 1969, writing and releasing children’s music as the “original” Eddie Spaghetti, and collaborating on his latest album, “Evergreen Trail.”

  • Kindergartners celebrate parents with tea party

    “In all the world, I know it’s true,” the children recited, “there is no mom and dad like you.”

    West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergartners celebrated their parents with an assortment of gifts, poems and songs during a morning tea party on May 10. About 20 parents were in attendance, as students in Alicia Beabout’s class surprised them with badges that said “Happy Mother’s Day” and “Happy Father’s Day,” and other handmade goodies.

  • Sixth-graders meet for pre-CCMS team building

    There was a lot of yelling, jumping, wearing blindfolds, name-forgetting, game playing and team building — lots and lots of team building.

    About 50 sixth-graders from multiple schools across Clear Creek County gathered at the Easter Seals Camp in Empire on Friday for the annual Duster Day event to help students meet one another before attending Clear Creek Middle School this fall.

  • Students learn to celebrate differences from veteran’s therapy cat

    It isn’t easy being different. Whether you’re the new kid at school or a disabled military veteran or a cat without a coat, being different can draw the judgmental eye of everyone around you and leave you feeling lonely and isolated.

    But one recent morning at West Jefferson Elementary School, all of those differences were celebrated through the lens of kindness.

  • Police arrest man in connection with murder of Aurora woman

    Police have arrested Shawrae Butler, 21, in connection with the death of Queen Ashby. 

    Police were searching for Butler, who was considered armed and dangerous, before he was arrested Friday afternoon.

    The body of Ashby, 20, from Aurora was found by a motorist near Highway 103 on April 8. After weeks of being unable to identify her, police released a computer rendering to local media, which funneled dozens of tips to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

  • Extra credit

    A Conifer High School senior, Kris has been doing a whole lot more home work this year. Not that he’s complaining about it.
    “It’s really fun,” said Kris, inserting strips of fiberglass insulation between floor joists with a practiced hand. “It’s amazing to see a big pile of wood come together into a house.”

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  • Seventh annual Senior Law Day set for June 3

    The Jeffco District Attorney’s Office announced this week it is hosting its seventh annual Senior Law Day on June 3, offering educational seminars for seniors and adults who may be facing challenges with their aging parents.

  • Dog park group still question water testing

    Members of the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park met Thursday to discuss strategies in the local nonprofit’s ongoing efforts to pressure the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners to reopen Elk Meadow, and one board member plans to unveil information he thinks will cast serious doubts about Jeffco Open Space’s water quality testing of the creek that runs through the dog park.