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Today's News

  • CDOT to charge tolls for peak-period lane this weekend

    The new eastbound peak-period toll lane on Interstate 70 will be free no more, starting this weekend.

    "We will start charging tolls on Saturday," said Megan Castle, spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Transportation. "With many of the major school districts going on holiday and the increase of tourists in the region, we anticipate traffic to be heavier in the mountain corridor and hope to alleviate the congestion with the lane."

  • Family of inmate who died while waiting for medical attention sues

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • Williams weighs in for Evergreen

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — For the past two years, Connor Williams wrestled in the lowest weight classification at a severe disadvantage.

    The Evergreen junior regularly conceded about 20 pounds to opponents in the 106-pound division as a freshman and sophomore, but somehow held his own and posted a winning record in 2014-15.

    This season the scales are balanced. Williams remains at 106 but has added about 20 pounds to reach the limit.

  • Cougars rally to edge Denver West

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen senior Brady Bokelman knows when to give up an uncontested layup.

    Denver West sophomore Nahum Berhe drove past Bokelman to put in the final shot at the buzzer. The problem Berhe and the Cowboys had was the Cougars had a three-point lead. All the layup did was give Evergreen a 54-53 victory Dec. 10 in the opening round of the Paul Davis Classic at Green Mountain High School.

  • Sheriff’s deputy shoots fleeing suspect in South Jeffco

    By Ramsey Scott

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot a fleeing suspect and a K-9 unit bit the man late Friday at a South Jeffco shopping center.

    The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. outside Governor’s Plaza Shoes & Service. The suspect, Michael Manaois, 38, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Back to school

    “Love what you do and do what you love.”

    — Ray Bradbury

    Retired Clear Creek High teacher Conradt Fredell willingly gave up his hobbies —woodworking, gardening and music — for seven weeks to return to his other love: teaching.

    Although Fredell, 63, retired in 2011, he returned to the school in August to spend nearly half a semester as a long-term substitute, teaching classes he knows and loves: biology, honors biology and Advanced Placement biology.

  • Life Care resident wins card art contest

    A resident of Life Care Center of Evergreen has become a well-known artist in certain circles.

    Nancy Garner’s watercolor painting of two snowmen won the mountain states division of the Christmas card competition sponsored by Life Care Centers of America, the parent company of the Evergreen location. There are more than 20 facilities in the division.

    Garner, who had a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body, has learned to paint and draw with her left hand. She has been painting holiday scenes for years that family members turned into cards.

  • New school board members get training on sunshine laws

    Jeffco’s new school board heard an overview of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law and Open Records Act during a public meeting last Thursday before moving behind closed doors to ask specific questions.

    The board — whose five members were elected in November — originally was slated for a two-hour executive session to receive training on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

  • Longtime board member steps down at Inter-Canyon Fire

    A longtime board member for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has stepped down to spend more time with his family.

    Joseph Marcus, who has served on the board for more than 40 years, resigned at a Dec. 9 meeting. Marcus said he has 20 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    “There’s a bunch of them, and when you get to be close to 78 years old, it’s like, ‘What the hell am I doing? …’ ” he said. “I am 77-and-a-half years old, and it’s about time to go.”

  • Communication is key to addressing teens’ troubles

    Parents can tell you that teenagers are complicated and aren’t easy to understand.

    That’s hasn’t changed over the decades, but what has become concerning to adolescent experts is how much stress teens are under and how young people often act out with negative behaviors.

    Last Thursday, Evergreen High School students overheard what they believed to be a student making a threat in the school. They reported it to authorities, and a teen was arrested.