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Today's News

  • Students escape comfort zones at Lab School

    Members of the Raccoon Group carefully made their way onto the rustic teeter-totter, sidestepping across and providing more room for the next person. Some of the kids quoted the “Cha Cha Slide” song: “Slide to the left. Slide to the right.”

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.

  • Anti-Semitic acts took place at West Jeff Middle School, district confirms

    Jeffco Public Schools has confirmed it found evidence that an eighth-grader at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer was the target of anti-Semitic acts and discrimination.

    And while the school district says it took immediate action regarding the anti-Semitic comments against eighth-grader Isabella Grunspan, it remains unclear how or when it learned about the allegations or what exact steps it took to address the issue beyond implementing social awareness lessons at the school.

  • LESSON PLANS: Conifer High students take on a musical 'with depth'

    If you like the story of “The Little Mermaid,” you’ll enjoy the Conifer High School spring musical, “Once on This Island,” being performed this weekend.

    While the show is not well known to some, it is CHS theater teacher Fran Arniotes’ favorite, and she is amazed at how many people have not seen it.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Owners of Evergreen Fine Art retiring, closing the business

    The owners of Evergreen Fire Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden are retiring and closing their business.

    The gallery in the adobe buildings on Evergreen Parkway, known for its Western-themed art, the Evergreen Angel pendants and events such as Weekend in the West, will close for good on Saturday.

    “We tried to find somebody to take over the gallery, but it didn’t work out,” said Barbara Hadley, who has owned the gallery with her husband, Phil Shanley, since 2008. “Everybody has been very supportive.”

  • Driver escapes injury in rollover crash on U.S. 285

    A motorist escaped injury Monday evening when his truck rolled down an embankment off northbound U.S. 285 at mile marker 247 near Morrison Road.

    According to a State Patrol trooper at the accident scene, Tyler Ratzlaff was traveling north on U.S. 285 at 5 p.m. when his white Ford F-250 went out of control, veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in Turkey Creek.

    Ratzlaff, who was on his way to visit his father at a Denver hospital, was uninjured and said that passers-by helped pull him from the vehicle.

  • Evergreen’s Elk Meadow dog park likely to undergo full closure

    Dozens of the 154 people who attended last Thursday’s community meeting about the Elk Meadow off-leash area stormed out early while mumbling expletives under their breath after learning from Jeffco Open Space officials that closing the popular dog park in Evergreen is all but a foregone conclusion.

  • Jeffco school district considering pay hike for next superintendent

    The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district’s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.

    Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm’s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.

  • Conifer home lost in Valentine’s Day blaze

    A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a Conifer home despite efforts from several area fire departments. 

    According to Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire, the department received a report of a possible structure fire at 13533 South Wamblee Valley Road about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the flames had engulfed the home and were spreading into nearby trees. 

  • West Jeff teacher fired in wake of sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, a physical education teacher at West Jefferson Middle School and an assistant football coach at Conifer High, was fired by Jeffco Public Schools last week in connection with his November 2016 arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.