Today's News


    PCSD school board votes to boost two administrative salaries

    The base hiring salaries for two vacant administrative positions in the Platte Canyon School District will increase after school board members approved last week a proposal by Superintendent Brenda Krage to boost salaries in order to attract more qualified candidates.

  • EFPD approves spending authorization for Jeffcom

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will contribute more than $500,000 to the 2018 budget for Jeffcom, the Lakewood-based dispatch center that is taking over emergency dispatch operations for eight different fire, rescue and other law enforcement operations in Jefferson County next year.

  • Elk Creek to purchase used ambulance

    The Elk Creek fire board approved last Thursday the purchase of a used ambulance for use in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District while one of the district’s other ambulances is repaired next year.

    Discussed at length Dec. 14, the ambulance is being purchased from a fire district in Chicago, has about 60,000 miles on it and is two-wheel drive. According to Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the department pursued the purchase on grounds that it was more cost-effective than renting an ambulance for three-and-a-half months next spring.

  • Layoffs, budget cuts hit Elk Creek Fire after loss of property tax revenue

    The Elk Creek Fire Protection District will lay off at least one full-time staffer, table needed equipment upgrades and implement several budget cuts next year after the Gallagher Amendment significantly reduced the district’s expected property tax revenue for 2018.

  • There’s only one Maggie Long

    There will forever be only one Maggie Long — at least for the hundreds of people who attended the late Platte Canyon student’s memorial service Sunday afternoon. Gathering at Platte Canyon High School in the gymnasium and the Canyon Room, they came in droves — some in person, some in spirit, all clothed in laughter, tears and memories of a girl so many recalled for her benevolence and exuberance for life.

  • Indian Hills Fire Rescue adopts budget

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue adopted its 2018 budget during a Dec. 13 meeting.

    After final revisions, the district expects to bring in a net income of $13,688. Last year, it budgeted a loss of $26,220. The substantial increase largely is due to increased property valuations, which will provide the department with a supplementary $30,568. Aside from the $309,991 Indian Hills brings in from property taxes, its next highest source of income is a predicted $30,000 in ambulance fees.

  • Jeffco clearing up rules on RV and trailer parking

    RVs and trailers can no longer sit for more than 28 days on any right-of-way in Jefferson County.

    Jeffco commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s ordinance that regulates the operation and parking of vehicles. Before the amendment, the ordinance prohibited the parking of recreational vehicles and trailers in residential and business areas.

  • Former Morrison officer pleads guilty to four felonies

    A former Morrison police officer pleaded guilty to four felony counts of embezzlement, attempt to influence a public servant, theft and forgery.

    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town of Morrison between December 2010 and February 2016 through a private fund he created called the “5280 Police Motors Memorial Fund.” He appeared in court Monday morning for a motions hearing but instead coordinated a plea deal with the prosecution.

  • Husky girls rally in final minutes to snub Pirates

    ENGLEWOOD — The Platte Canyon girls basketball team sure knows how to make a statement.

    After falling behind by nine points in the third quarter during its matchup at Englewood High School on Dec. 11, the Huskies pulled together in the fourth to not only overcome the deficit but steal away the win, 42-37. With their third straight win, the girls advanced to 3-3 on the season.

    Over the past few weeks, they’ve been playing for a greater cause.

  • Conifer boys’ basketball no match for the Jaguars

    CONIFER — Despite starting off strong against D’Evelyn and keeping up its effort on Friday night, the Conifer boys basketball team was no match for the Jaguars as the Lobos fell 65-47.

    The Jaguars saw offensive action from each of their players, but there was no match on the court for senior Charles Dinegar, who netted 22 points and snagged 11 rebounds. Conifer’s closest competition to him was senior Mark Studer, who scored 15 and rebounded 12.