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Today's News

  • Lauder saves her best for last, wins state title in triple jump

    LAKEWOOD — Anne Lauder had never been so nervous for a jump as she was May 16 at Jefferson County Stadium. The Evergreen High senior not only entered this year’s 4A state track and field championships as the favorite to win the triple jump, but she had also scratched three times — twice in the preliminary rounds before her final attempt.

  • El Rancho Restaurant to become brewpub

    El Rancho Restaurant has a new owner and a new future — as a brewpub.

    The Vincent family — three Vincent brothers and their spouses — bought the iconic property on Interstate 70 on May 4 for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County clerk and recorder records.

    The group plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, including a complete overhaul inside, and new brewing equipment, said Bob Vincent, who lives in Hiwan Hills with wife Laurie Vincent and their children.

  • Clear Creek man arrested in attack on wife with hatchet, knife

    Authorities have arrested a Clear Creek County man suspected of attacking his wife with a hatchet and a knife, then stabbing himself. 

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported that Leland Thomas Kintzele, 68, was being held in connection with Saturday's incident. Kintzele was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, assault and domestic violence.

  • Judge issues injunction against school district's new-hire pay level

    A Jeffco district judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the school district from paying newly hired teachers at a higher rate until a lawsuit against the district by the teachers union goes to trial.

  • Bergen Meadow preschool honors teacher who died of cancer

    The Bergen Meadow preschool community said a final goodbye and an emotional hello to one of its teachers who died in May 2014 of cancer.

    “She was one of the most caring, devoted teachers I’ve ever known,” preschool director Marianne Temple told about 50 people assembled outside the school on May 13 to dedicate the Terri Hessner Memorial Garden and Playground. “She had an amazing impact on students.”

  • Union, district spar over release of names of teachers absent during sick-outs

    Jeffco’s teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district should be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, claiming that would violate teachers’ privacy and could hurt teachers who were actually sick.

    Attorneys for Jeffco Public Schools countered that records of sick leave don’t meet the definition of personnel records and that the Colorado Open Records Act requires release of the information.

  • County to add 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department. 

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings. 

  • Conifer couple purchases Journey Ranch

    A Conifer couple has purchased the 45-acre ranch formerly owned by Journey Community Church.

    Joshua and Brita Letvin are the new owners of the prominent parcel at 10101 Highway 73, according to the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office. 

    The Letvins, who did not return calls seeking comment, closed on the property April 15 for $950,000. The ranch was originally listed for $1.25 million, although the price had been reduced to $1.1 million, according to real estate websites. 

  • Work to begin this week on final phase of connector trail

    Now that the precast trail is in place for the connection from Evergreen Lake to downtown, installation of the railings on the bridge is scheduled to begin this week, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    Placement of the railings is estimated to take one to two weeks, depending on the weather, Dalvit said. With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the project could see further delays, however.

  • Volunteers create Bison Trail at Genesee Park

    Dodging wet snow showers, 112 volunteers constructed nearly 4,000 feet of the Bison Trail at Genesee Park on Saturday.

    The large group working on the hiking and biking trail were part of an effort organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, which has a partnership with Denver Mountain Parks. Using shovels and other tools, the volunteers dug into the soil and tamped it down, creating a 2 to 3-foot-wide trail.