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Today's News

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that, if approved, will add auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

    On the evening of Jan. 11, about 60 adults and youths assembled in front of the Jefferson County courthouse, hoping to sway the county commissioners in their decision about rezoning the area for proposed development by Three Dinos LLC.

  • Student at West Jeff Middle School says she’s a target of anti-Semitism

    The family of an eighth-grader at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer is alleging that the student has been the target of anti-Semitic acts, and a discrimination complaint has been filed against Jeffco Public Schools with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

    According to Isabella Grunspan, who addressed the Jeffco school board at its regular meeting Thursday, West Jeff students have targeted her daily not only for being Jewish but also for standing up for other minorities.

  • Evergreen man cited for prohibited use of firearm

    An Evergreen man was issued a summons for prohibited use of a firearm Sunday evening after residents on Forest Hill Road reported hearing gunshots.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said several neighbors reported hearing gunfire about 5:30 p.m., with the first call coming in at 5:15 p.m. Deputies reportedly found two men, both in their 30s, shooting rifles recreationally at a residence in the 4600 block of Forest Hill Road.

  • Rotary kicks off 11th Ice Melt Contest

    For the past 10 years, mountain area residents and their out-of-town friends and family have placed their bets on Mother Nature — specifically, how long will it take for the ice on Evergreen Lake to melt enough that a 20-pound barrel will fall in the water.

    This year will be no exception, as the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club placed the newly painted bright yellow barrel on the ice at the lake Jan. 11 to kick off the annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest.

  • Meetings scheduled on issues at Elk Meadow off-leash area

    Jeffco Open Space has announced the dates of three meetings to solicit public input about the issues facing the popular Elk Meadow off-leash area in Evergreen.

  • A one-man wave of patriotism

    A Morrison man is showing the flag — literally — to do his part to stop the divisiveness that surrounded November’s presidential election.

    Jeff McNamara has taken to waving an American flag near his home at U.S. 285 and Sourdough Drive, at the roundabout in Marshdale, on overpasses along C-470, and elsewhere. He calls his stints with the flag “Yay America” rallies.

  • Conifer teen’s greeting cards support rescued wild animals

    A Conifer student personifies the notion that young people can make a difference.

    Kayla Wolins, 15, a freshman at Colorado Academy, has donated more than $18,000 over the last three years to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, a haven for large animals such as bears, tigers, lions and coyotes.

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Polar Plunge rescheduled for Feb. 12

    The ninth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12, Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer has announced.

    The Plunge, which traditionally is held on New Year's Day, had to be postponed after the Evergreen Park and Recreation District determined the ice was not thick enough before that weekend. The lake finally opened for skating on Tuesday, Jan. 3, after a cold spell swept through the area.

  • West Metro crew rescues hiker near Dinosaur Ridge

    A technical crew from West Metro Fire rescued a hiker and her dog Monday afternoon near Dinosaur Ridge.

    The pair reportedly had slid off the Dakota Ridge Trail in the Dinosaur Ridge area near I-70 and Highway 93, according to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting.

    “… She somehow slid off the trail and (couldn't) … get herself out,” Scholting said.