Today's News

  • Elk Creek Fire launches community chipping program

    Residents and property owners in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District can now feel a little more chipper about slash they need reduced, thanks to a federal grant that has funded a community-chipping program launched by the department.

    Announced last month, the chipping program involves free chipping of slash — namely, residents sign up for chipping assistance, stack their slash piles near the road, and two department staffers will chip the slash for free on-site.

  • Jeffco’s Glass says the end of DACA would ‘rob our community’

    Three weeks after he publicly reiterated Jeffco Public Schools’ stance of support of students impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Superintendent Jason Glass says he remains concerned about plans by the federal government to possibly rescind the program next spring.

  • August named to Indian Hills Water District board

    The past few months have induced change within the Indian Hills Water District, and the trend continued last week as a new person was elected to fill the board seat previously left vacant.

    Samantha August was chosen to take the place of former board member Angie Oliver-Reed, who resigned last month. August works on the water resources team for an engineering firm in Golden and has been living in Indian Hills since November.

  • Morrison town board gives hiring, firing authority to town administrator

    Morrison’s Town Administrator Kara Winters now will be able to hire, fire and discipline employees — just in time for the town to hire a new chief for its police department. 
The decision, which was unanimously approved at a Sept. 19 board meeting, will take all personnel decision-making responsibility away from the town’s board of directors.

    “In the day we didn’t have a town manager, so the board was the hiring and firing authority,” said board member Allen Williams. “So that was miserable.”

  • Morrison’s Cider Fest a true celebration of fall

    With apple cider, bluegrass music and cool, dreary weather, Saturday’s Cider Fest in Morrison served as the perfect kickoff to fall.

    “This is fall,” Gus Chambers, co-founder of the festival, said to the crowd who lounged on hay bales with cold beers in hand. “It was summer just about three days ago.”

    The festival began 28 years ago as a way to bring the small mountain community of Morrison together, and Gus marveled at its growth over the years.

  • Arraignment continued in North Turkey Creek Fire case

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the third time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered.

  • Evergreen soccer defeats Conifer in rivalry matchup

    By Craig Harper

    EVERGREEN — Saddled with a 1-5 record and a two-game losing streak, the last thing it seemed the Evergreen soccer team needed heading into the annual Mountain Cup against rival Conifer was the absence of head coach Ross Fowler on the sideline.

    But maybe having Fowler relegated to keeping statistics in the EHS press box was a shot in the arm for the Cougars, with Fowler on suspension for an undisclosed reason.

  • Conifer XC races well despite weakened boys team


    DENVER — The Conifer High School cross country team may not have been at its strongest during the Denver North Viking Invitational on Sept. 19, but this uber-talented team isn’t concerned about the results one bit.

    The boys, without their top seven runners in the competition, finished 20th out of 25 teams. The girls, however, gave the best performance they could in spite of hot, sun-beaten temperatures as they finished seventh in the race.

  • Conifer softball falls to Thomas Jefferson in aberration of game


    CONIFER — All season long, the Conifer softball team has come out fighting the majority of its opponents with a strong roster and succinct execution of play.

    But on Sept. 20 when Thomas Jefferson came to town, things didn’t exactly go the Lobos’ way as they fell on their home field 13-6.

  • Platte Canyon volleyball falls to Academy Charter School

    WESTMINSTER — All season long, the Platte Canyon volleyball team has emphasized its fight and heart, but at times, that’s not always enough.

    At Academy Charter School on Sept. 19, that grit showed through, despite a 3-0 loss to the Wildcats.

    “I think we had a really good fight and we just never gave up,” senior setter Charley Ashmore said. “Unfortunately, we did lose, so that was the result.”

    Throughout the first game, the Huskies struggled to get much going as the Wildcats easily downed them, 25-11.