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Today's News

  • In the Christmas spirit

    You know the holidays are upon us when the Conifer Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of Trees comes around.

    On Thursday night, representatives from 14 businesses decorated their trees, which were on display through Saturday at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey. Santa made some appearances to chat with children as families viewed the holiday creations.

    In addition to the trees, wreaths, centerpieces and ornaments also were on display.

  • Elk Creek Elementary pays tribute to local veterans

    “I am a Warrior and a member of a team. ... I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. ... I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

    “I am an American Soldier.”

    Students, staff and community members of Elk Creek Elementary honored veterans Thursday afternoon with the school’s annual Veterans Day Play. This year, the play’s theme was the Soldier’s Creed, which the cast members — many in military-based costumes — recited during the performance.

  • Rosier to resign as Jeffco commissioner

    Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier is resigning from the Board of County Commissioners in early January to serve as general manager of the Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board, the county announced Wednesday afternoon.
    Rosier was elected commissioner of District 3, which includes South Jeffco, in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014. He is term-limited in 2018.
    According to the county, the vacant position will be filled per state statute by the      vacancy committee of the Jefferson County Republican Party.

  • Cougars fall in first round of football playoffs

    By Levi Waddell

    LAKEWOOD — Despite being the higher seed headed into Saturday’s first-round playoff matchup at Trailblazer Stadium, the Evergreen Cougars (9-2) were unable to stop the Rifle Bears’ (9-2) potent rushing attack as they fell 37-10. This marks the second year in a row the Cougars were unable to reach the second round of the playoffs.

    It was evident from Rifle’s first drive that the Cougar defense was going to struggle with the Bears’ Wing T offense.

  • Citing adult diversion program, Askins’ arraignment continued again

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the fourth time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two Class 4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday afternoon for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered. Askins will return to court at 1 p.m. Jan. 16.

  • Five Cougars will continue sports into the next level

    Five Evergreen High School athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their sporting careers in college for soccer, cross country, baseball and swimming on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

    Lauryn Jeans, soccer

    Lauryn Jeans, the daughter of girls soccer coach Peter Jeans, will head to Claremont McKenna College in California next year to play soccer.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue’s 2018 budget nearing approval

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue took a final look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval Dec. 13, during a public budget hearing on Nov. 15.

    The district currently is expecting to bring in a net income of $14,941 after making revisions to the upcoming spending plan. Last year, it budgeted a loss of $26,220. The substantial increase largely is due to increased property valuations, which will provide the department with a supplementary $30,572 in income.

  • Indian Hills Water District approves budget

    The Indian Hills Water District on Nov. 16 unanimously approved its 2018 budget — a spending plan in which the district’s expenses are about $90,000 higher than its revenues.

    But thanks to its current general fund reserve of $716,202, the water district expects to maintain $597,705 in its general fund at the end of 2018 with $27,000 in TABOR reserves.

  • Boy band performs at Conifer High School pep rally

    In the weeks leading up to Friday’s pep rally, Conifer High School students kept hearing that something big was coming. There were hints on social media and posters in the hallways.

    Each school day, a song played over the P.A. system, and some students began to make the connection.

    On Nov. 7, it was officially announced: boy band In Real Life would perform at the pep rally.

  • Jeffco school board incumbents retain seats

     Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly re-elected incumbents Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert to the Jeffco school board in a race that pitted the latter two against last-minute challengers Erica Shields and Matt Van Gieson. Of the more than 423,000 people registered to vote in Jefferson County, only 30.1 percent — or about 130,000 people — turned out.
    As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:
    · Rupert in District 1 won 60.4 percent of the votes, compared to rival Van Gieson, who garnered 39.6 percent.