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Today's News

  • Denver man faces felony charges for fatal accident

    Charges have been filed against a Denver man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 285 that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist.  
    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more. The charges were filed by the Jeffco DA’s office.

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  • Summer concert series a tradition for many

    Janet Hellebuyck remembers driving along Evergreen Parkway on Wednesday nights and wondering why there were so many cars parked along the road and people walking down toward the lake. Then, it would dawn on her: the Summer Concert Series.

  • Dance festival allows dancers to find their own beat

    If dancers are musicians who use their bodies as their instruments, then tap dancers are definitely in the percussion section.

    Tap dancers say if you can feel the beat, and sing or clap the rhythm, you can translate that to your feet. About 40 dancers from around Colorado attended the Rocky Mountain Percussive Dance Festival at Peak Academy of Dance in Aspen Park over Labor Day weekend, spending three days learning more about the tap dance craft.

  • Encalada seeking pardon

    Ingrid Encalada, the former Evergreen resident who sought to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, is now seeking a full pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper after a Jeffco district judge denied her motion on Aug. 29 — all in an effort to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her to Peru.

  • Colorado native perks up Aspen Park with new coffee, tea boutique

    The newest shop at Aspen Park is not what you’d expect — it smells like a bakery, containers of espresso beans and tea leaves line the shelves, and there’s an array of mugs, infusers and other goodies for coffee and tea connoisseurs of all flavors.

    But it’s not a coffee shop. And it’s not a teahouse.

    The Bean and the Leaf is a boutique — for those whose coffee and tea predilections veer more toward the local or the exotic, and less toward the mediocre, middle-shelf grocery store selection.

  • 19-acre lot near Morrison to be rezoned for housing development

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 during its Aug. 29 board meeting to approve rezoning a lot near Morrison to allow 19 single-family houses to be built there despite recommendations from staff members and the planning commission to deny the request.

    The 19-acre lot in Willow Springs is directly south of U.S. 285, near the intersection with State Highway 8, and is along the Turkey Creek Flood Plain.

  • PCSB race crowded with six candidates

    Park County residents will see a slate of at least six candidates for three Platte Canyon school board seats this fall, including at least two members of local advocacy group Parents and Citizens for Education.

  • Morrison questions development plans in the Rooney Valley

    Development in the Rooney Valley may be inevitable, but the town of Morrison is faced with an important question: Will the development actually be in Morrison? Or will it be disconnected into unincorporated Jefferson County?

    Dozens of community members joined board members at the Morrison Town Hall on Aug. 29 to hear an informal update from Ventana Capital, the real estate investment group representing the ownership of the 300-plus acre property now called Red Rocks Ranch.

  • Group proposes enclosed space to cover, preserve tracks at Dinosaur Ridge

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is hoping to cover the dinosaur tracks at the Morrison-area site with a viewing facility.

    Representatives from the group presented their ideas to the Jefferson County commissioners at a staff briefing on Aug. 29 and asked for consent to move forward with the formal proposal, as well as the planning and fund-raising processes. The commissioners gave their consent.