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Today's News

  • Lower North Fork Fire stressed need for a plan

    In the wake of the 2012 Lower North Fork Fire, one thing became clear: An emergency plan is vital for the safety of all in a wildland fire.

    The fire in late March 2012 destroyed 23 homes, killed three people and burned 4,100 acres south of Conifer. The blaze started when a prescribed burn managed by the Colorado State Forest Service reignited and escaped in high winds.

    Planning shortcomings during the North Fork Fire ultimately paved the way for more concrete emergency plans in Jefferson County and beyond.

  • District accountability committee divided on wage boost

    Jeffco Public Schools’ plan to put up to $25 million in its budget next year for employee compensation boosts has drawn ire from three District Accountability Committee members, who believe the school district is being financially irresponsible.

    However, the majority of the committee supports the proposal, DAC chair Deb Guiducci told the school board March 23.

  • Law enforcement seeks person of interest in Lost Park wildfire

    Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and Park County Sheriff’s Office believe a wildfire that burned hundreds of acres in the Lost Park Wilderness area near Bailey three weeks ago was human-caused and are seeking information about a person of interest in the case.

  • Conifer Chamber elects new board

    The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce swore in new board officers and members last month for the 2017-18 fiscal year after a lengthy nomination process.

  • Lonely no more

    Almost everyone remembers what it’s like to be lonely at school.

    Maybe you were the new kid or you didn’t fit in with the others or there were things happening at home that made it hard to be social. Whatever the reason, it probably meant eating lunch alone and hanging out alone at recess.

    For kids at five area schools, however, the hope is that loneliness will be a thing of the past thanks to new “buddy benches.”

  • Investigation continues in Bailey home explosion

    Almost one month after a home in Bailey exploded and injured three adults, Park County officials have yet to fully determine the cause of the blast.

    On March 10, the Platte Canyon fire department was called to a home in the 4100 block of South Ridge Road around 8 p.m. for what was initially reported as a structure fire. However, upon arrival, responders from the Platte Canyon and Elk Creek fire departments found the home fully engulfed and a .35-acre wildland fire burning nearby.

  • ‘Entire fire stands out’

    Five years ago, Bill McLaughlin was just five weeks into his tenure as fire chief of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District. A longtime resident of Washington state, McLaughlin had recently moved from Bellingham, Wash., to Conifer after beating out more than 100 other applicants for the fire chief job.

    While McLaughlin had experience leading a similarly-sized fire department in Washington and more than 20 years of firefighting experience in areas including Kodiak, Alaska, nothing prepared him for how he would be tested during the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.

  • Evergreen Monsters make noise at middle school state tournament

    It was eight years ago when Evergreen began a youth wrestling program known as the Evergreen Monsters with Ross Willson at the helm. 

    When Willson began, the team consisted of around 10 athletes, now Willson leads more than 30.

  • Neighbors generally positive about proposed hemp oil-extraction facility

    Reaction was generally favorable to plans for a hemp oil-extraction business proposed for a building on Bryant Drive in Evergreen, though business owners said they would address any concerns at a community meeting about the project.

    Most neighbors at the meeting, conducted by Hammer Enterprises Integrated Solutions and Jeffco Planning and Zoning on March 28, had positive comments about the proposal. However, two neighbors were concerned about impact to the area, and the Evergreen Metropolitan District was concerned about whether chemicals might go into the sewer system.

  • Babb shares experience, message with EHS students

    Tom Babb’s homecoming at Evergreen High School recently was warm and heartfelt from students and teachers when he spoke at an assembly about perseverance and living every day to its fullest.

    Babb, 20, a 2015 EHS graduate, was in a freak accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii in December 2015 and is now paralyzed from the chest down. This was his first visit to the school since the accident.

    While some would say, “Poor Tom,” Babb doesn’t see it that way — and that was his message to students.