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Today's News

  • Jeffco Open Space plan promotes increased use of social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee last Thursday.  

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said. 

    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

  • Numbers game: Program makes math fun for kids

    Debra Hansen is on a mission to make math fun for kids.

    The international software company CFO-turned-creative math whiz has brought her passion for math to libraries around Jeffco this summer, making a stop at the Evergreen Library on Aug. 5.

    Using songs and games, she helped groups of 5- to 8-year-olds and 8- to 12-year-olds spend an hour being inquisitive and working out problems, but the kids didn’t really know they were working on math because they were having so much fun.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust expanding stewardship to neighboring counties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is expanding its conservation efforts in the Front Range area, Brian Ballard, president of the Evergreen-based organization, said at the organization’s annual Night in the Park event on Saturday.

    “We’re measuring our success by the connectivity it creates,” Ballard said.

    Among recent accomplishments is the acquisition of 92 acres in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, said Ballard. The entire 500-acre property has rich biodiversity that university scientists are studying.

  • Fugitive arrested on drug charges in Indian Hills

    A fugitive wanted on felony drug charges in Aurora and two other people were arrested in Indian Hills on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Raymond Lindley, 29, was arrested at a private residence. He also is suspected of stealing a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle, said Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

    FBI officers involved with the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force aided Aurora police officers with the arrests, said Dave Joly, a spokesman for the Denver office. Jeffco deputies also responded to the scene.

  • Missing woman suffering from Alzheimer's found safe

    An Evergreen woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who was missing overnight was found safe Thursday morning at the Bradley station at Meadow Drive and Highway 74.

    A neighbor driving to work spotted the missing woman and called authorities. She was “a little chilly” but unharmed after going missing at 7 p.m. Wednesday from her home on Troutdale Village Drive, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Suspect in carjacking/burglary rampage now faces charge of sex trafficking of a minor

    The man facing 46 charges in connection with a crime spree July 23 in the Jeffco foothills is now facing a separate charge of sexual trafficking of a minor.

    Christopher David Sullivan was charged Aug. 5 with trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, a felony. The charge is related to the 17-year-old girl with Sullivan during a carjacking/burglary rampage that ended when Sullivan was tackled by Deputy Fred Haggett on Interstate 70.

  • Missing girl found in Marshdale

    Jefferson County deputies and area fire personnel worked together to locate a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing in Marshdale late Wednesday morning, said Jeffco sheriff's spokesperson Jacki Kelley.

    While with her family at The Bistro, the girl reportedly left the restaurant on her bicycle. 

    She was found about an hour and a half later, Kelley said.

  • Caps and trade: Mushroom workshop at Flying J puts the fun in fungi

    Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • Bowlen went from booed to beloved

    When metro area voters were being asked to extend the sales tax that had been established to build Coors Field in 1998 so a new football stadium could be built to replace aging Mile High Stadium for the Broncos, the polling showed something fascinating. One of the biggest obstacles to passage of the proposal was voters’ personal animosity toward Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal end of summer

    Reprinted from Aug. 3, 2011

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gangly teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.