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Today's News

  • CDOT contractor dies in Clear Creek Canyon accident

    A CDOT contractor died after falling in Clear Creek Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

    Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, was part of a crew doing rockfall mitigation work along U.S. 6 when the accident occurred. Sarinana-Herrera fell between 50-70 feet.

    The scene of the incident was initially investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The specific cause of the accident will be determined during a future OSHA investigation.

    The rockfall work included rock-scaling efforts, rock anchors and adding 285,000 square feet of wire mesh.

  • JCSO asks for $1 million more in overtime to meet call demand

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking the county to authorize an adjusted 2018 budget to pay for more overtime and/or more full-time employees.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader has recommended the county hire an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand. Alternatively, he suggested Jeffco approve an overtime budget of approximately $3.2 million, which is about $1 million more than what was in the county’s 2018 proposed budget.

  • Trail work at Floyd Hill park planned for summer

     Jeffco and Clear Creek County residents should strap on their hiking shoes and grab a shovel because there’s trails to be built and hiked at Floyd Hill Park this summer.

    Martha Tableman, Clear Creek County open space coordinator, said Clear Creek is working with various volunteer organizations to schedule trail-building projects at Floyd Hill through August.

    The park, which was acquired by the two counties last April, currently has about 1.3 miles of trails, but preliminary plans are to build more over the next few years.

  • Platte Canyon to pursue interim superintendent

    The Platte Canyon school board has decided to pursue an interim superintendent for the upcoming school year after current Superintendent Brenda Krage accepted a job last week as the new superintendent of Florence-Penrose School District in Fremont County.

  • District, PCSO reassure community that schools are safe

    Concerns in the Bailey community about a lack of school security in the Platte Canyon School District were recently met with reassurances from both district officials and Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, as well as promises to provide more safety training for teachers, staff and other district employees.

  • Jeffco students say ‘never again’ when it comes to school gun violence

    They came in shirts bearing the phrase “Never Again” in block letters. They came in suit jackets with legislative name tags. They came in the shoes of their departed children. Teenagers, parents, teachers, politicians, survivors.

    Last Wednesday evening, hundreds of Jeffco residents gathered at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada to share in one message: No child should ever have to experience gun violence in school ever again.

  • Tempers flare over proposed Conifer housing development

    A proposed rezoning application that could bring more than 100 townhomes to property near the historic Yellow Barn in Conifer drew jeers, yelling and discontent from attendees at a community meeting on March 13.

    More than 100 people packed the cafeteria of West Jefferson Middle School to hear from property owner Josh McGibbon and representatives from Phelps Engineering about their development plans for a 25-acre swatch of land along Highway 73, and bounded by U.S. 285 on the south and Barkley Road on the north.

  • Platte Canyon school board to hold special meeting Monday

    The Platte Canyon school board will hold a special meeting Monday night to discuss plans to search for a new superintendent. Members of the community will have the opportunity to provide input on the search and possible candidates. Randy Black, director of member relations with the Colorado Association of School Boards, will be presenting information to school board members about CASB's superintendent search process.

  • EHS students stand in solidarity with Parkland, Fla., students

    Solidarity.

    That was the reason why about 400 Evergreen High School students gathered on the school’s football field at 10 a.m. Wednesday for 17 minutes. They wanted to show their support for the school community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

  • JCSO searching for suspects in coffee shop arson

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects accused of lighting chairs on fire and shooting guns outside of Tomari’s Coffee across from Tiny Town in late January.

    The suspects were caught on surveillance video lighting furniture on fire outside of the Morrison coffee shop around 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Before putting out the flames, the video shows the men shooting their guns at the ignited furniture.