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Today's News

  • Judge seals Hudson’s records

    A Jeffco district judge last week ruled in favor of sealing all court records related to the investigation and trial of Mark E. Hudson, the Evergreen man and former Clear Creek music teacher who was acquitted last October on charges of sexually assaulting a child at his home in 2015.

  • EPRD starts boxing class for people with Parkinson's disease

    As “Eye of the Tiger” blasted through the speakers, four boxers and their instructors marched in place. The floorboards of the rec center studio trembled under the strength and determination in their strides.

    At the end of their warm-ups, they worked the bags — first the heavy bags, then the speed bags. After that, two boxers did abdominal workouts and stretches on the floor, while the other two stacked and unstacked cups.

    A little unorthodox, perhaps, for a boxing class.

  • Elk Creek Octagon and Barn land on ‘most endangered’ list

    The historic Elk Creek Octagon and Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing have landed on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s 2018 Most Endangered Places list, an annual listing of historic places around the state whose existence is threatened.

    One of more than 100 sites now listed, the two buildings and the 250 acres of land they occupy were part of the original Shaffer family homestead and are believed to have been built around 1903.

  • Reward increased to $20,000 in Maggie Long case

    Law enforcement officials, in their first public address since confirming the death of Platte Canyon student Maggie Long at her family’s home in Bailey in December, have increased the reward being offered in the case to $20,000.

    In addition, officials confirmed that a burglary took place the night she was killed. A safe, firearms and small jade statues were stolen from the home off Highway 43. Officials also clarified that the collection of DNA samples last month was not completed at random.

  • Conifer family escapes house fire that destroyed garage

    A father and son living on Meyer Parkway in Conifer escaped a house fire late Feb. 6 after a passersby at the King Soopers across U.S. 285 alerted first responders to the blaze.

    According to Jacob Ware, deputy fire chief for Elk Creek Fire, Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were called about a structure fire in the 9700 block of Meyer Parkway at 10:14 p.m. Feb. 6, and discovered an attached garage and several trees on fire. Deputies Denise Denuzzi, James Huffman and Jacy Gardner were able to wake the homeowner, who told deputies that his teenage son was in the basement.

  • Francone takes over as District 3 county commissioner

    In a formal swearing-in ceremony, Tina Francone last week officially replaced former Commissioner Don Rosier on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Friends, family members, Jeffco employees and an assortment of politicians packed the hearing room in the county building for the Feb. 6 event.

  • Red Rocks Beer Garden getting underway in downtown Morrison

    A new beer garden featuring local drinks and food is poised to open in downtown Morrison later this year.

    The business — called Red Rocks Beer Garden — will be housed in the former location of Flights Wine Cafe on Stone Street. The wine cafe moved from the quaint cottage to its current location on Bear Creek Avenue in early 2018 when owners Rhonda and Carl Benton decided to sell the building.

  • Indian Hills residents continue to pay attention to water district

    Every third Thursday of the month, community members pack the Indian Hills firehouse, armed with questions and concerns for the Indian Hills Water District board of directors.

    In towns such as Indian Hills with about 1,500 residents, it’s rare to see this much community involvement. But for water district meetings, people have started showing up.

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    • Jeffco Open Space will be working with a contractor on a restoration project at the former Elk Meadow dog park. During its Feb. 6 hearing, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $114,000 contract with Western States Reclamation, Inc., for design and construction services. Open Space anticipates it will take three years to completely restore the site. For the first few months, the contractor will help JCOS understand the ecology and water flow. The agency doesn’t anticipate any heavy land work until the fall to minimize impacts on the nearby stream.

  • Jeffco Conservation District seeks board nominations

    The Jefferson Conservation District is seeking nominations for four board of supervisor seats that are up for election this year. Those seats are currently occupied by Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman.

    Board supervisors oversee the activities of the JCD, including forest and weed management projects, education and outreach events and more. Board supervisors are unpaid and serve four-year terms.