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Today's News

  • Sound Mountain Entertainment rocks skating party

    Sound Mountain Entertainment amplified the fun at last Friday’s community ice-skating event at Evergreen Lake, cranking out tunes to make the time more enjoyable for everyone.

    Gary Bird and Peyton Thomas of Sound Mountain have been working together for six years but only recently brought their music-making business to the Evergreen-Conifer area. They specialize in weddings and special events, and in renting high-end sound equipment.

  • Longtime Seniors’ Resource Center head Zabawa retiring

    John Zabawa can recall a time many years ago when he went before Jeffco’s county commissioners to urge preparation for a growing population of seniors.

    “I felt like I was Paul Revere sounding the alarm,” Zabawa said. “The seniors are coming! The seniors are coming!”

  • School board president undecided about whether to seek re-election

    The president of Jeffco’s school board, Ron Mitchell, says he is undecided about running for re-election when his term expires later this year.

  • Local woman studying medieval history in Scotland

    If the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, then it stands to reason that the best way to learn medieval history is to study it in Europe.

    What began as a fascination with “The Lord of the Rings,” and the real-world medieval history it was based on, has led Annika Mayer of Evergreen to the University of St. Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third-oldest in the English-speaking world.

  • West Jeff students learn energy conservation during competition

    West Jefferson Middle School has won the first round of ReNew Our School, an energy competition among several Jeffco schools, and will receive LED light fixtures in its cafeteria as the prize.

    The middle school started the second round of competition Jan. 1, which will run until May 12, said digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker, who is helping to coordinate the school’s efforts. If the school wins round two, it could receive new lights in either the gym or library.

  • Developer planning low-income housing in El Rancho

    A Denver-based development company is seeking financing for a proposed low-income housing project in El Rancho.

    Medici Consulting Group is looking to acquire a 4.5-acre property at 1055 El Rancho Road and build 54 low-income rental apartments there.

    Josh Russell, a partner at MCG, said the apartments would be available for families earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income, which varies based on the number of people in the household, he said.

  • Engineering firm hired to study issues with Evergreen Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected Muller Engineering Co. of Lakewood to conduct the preliminary engineering study on the closed northern segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail from the dam west along Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues.

    At the EPRD board meeting Jan. 24, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor informed board members that Muller Engineering will be looking at possible short- and long-term solutions for the trail.

  • It was their first rodeo

    In honor of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, a local elementary school on Friday hosted its annual “rodeo” as well.

    The rodeo at West Jefferson Elementary in Conifer doesn’t include live animals, but rather creates obstacles or challenges for kindergartners and their fourth- and fifth-grade mentors to compete in. This year, approximately 60 students participated.

  • Lady Lobos struggle to match TJ’s intensity

    DENVER — It’s hard playing on the road. Not many teams can play well out of their element, especially when their opponent is known for being fiercely aggressive. Such was the case for the Conifer Lady Lobos, who lost 57-27 at Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 30.

  • Can you spell D-R-A-W?

    A satisfying cadence infuses the words spelled aloud at a bee — staccato, enunciated, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

    The 80-minute Mountain Area Spelling Bee on Jan. 25 at Wilmot Elementary saw 21 third- through seventh-graders using their spelling-bee cadences as they went through round after round.

    This year’s contest had its dramatic moments, and after the final two contestants went 10 rounds spelling difficult words correctly, bee officials declared it a draw, and those two students will be sent to the state bee.