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Today's News

  • Passion of Jeffco parents is shining through

    I can pinpoint the date like it was yesterday. In actuality, it was May 1. That was the day that e-mails started to sprinkle in to my inbox with comments, letters to the editors and columns. It was the day that Jeffco Public Schools announced Dr. Jason E. Glass as its one and only finalist for its superintendent position.
    That’s when the floodgates opened.

  • Conifer high schoolers fund-raise for Kenyan school playground

    Sigomere, Kenya is nearly 8,700 miles from Conifer. A tiny village about an eight-hour drive from the African country’s capital of Nairobi, it’s home to a small community where the roads are largely unpaved, where the residents frequently dress in colorful clothing and where financial resources are scarce.

    Sigomere is also where Conifer High School’s Interact Club wants to build a playground for a school that serves disabled children.

  • Evergreen Fire Protection District moves forward with solar plans

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is moving forward with plans to install solar panels on several of its fire stations, potentially ending a years-long conversation about reducing the district’s energy consumption through the implementation of photo voltaic energy and other energy-saving measures.

  • Evergreen residents turn out for new EFR auxiliary program

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is relaunching its “turn-out” auxiliary program after operating for several years without one.

    Named after the gear that firefighters wear, the turn-out auxiliary team will assist the department with a variety of duties, including support of daily operations and assistance with non-emergency, non-response situations.

    Spearheaded by fire inspector Dan Hrouda, EFR began organizing the new auxiliary program in the spring after nearly two dozen people asked how they could help the department.

  • Education briefs

    School district purchases artwork from two South Jeffco students

    Jeffco Public Schools has purchased artwork created by students at 11 schools, including two in South Jeffco.

  • Early childhood education, career pathways cited in Mitchell’s bid for re-election

    Nearly two years ago, veteran Jeffco teacher and former Columbine High principal Ron Mitchell announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board as three members of the then-school board faced a recall election. One of 12 candidates for the three seats targeted by the recall, Mitchell was ultimately elected as president of the board and replaced Ken Witt.

  • Amdur’s dream about to become a reality

    It’s been three weeks of graduations for Evergreen resident Mike Amdur.

    The 18-year-old graduated from Evergreen High School in mid-May and from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Academy on Saturday. Now a full-fledged firefighter, Amdur will spend the summer running fire calls before he travels for a year. Then he plans to attend college.

  • Artwork installed around town as part of Evergreen’s Sculpture Walk

    Sculptor Linda Johnson was nervous.

    Her sculpture, “Bliss,” was being lifted by crane from a trailer to its new home in front of the Daniel Diamonds building in Bergen Park on Saturday morning.

    “I don’t know if I can watch,” she said as the crane began lifting the 600-pound wire sculpture in the crisp morning air. She covered her face briefly before pulling out her cell phone and taking a video of the procedure. It was over quickly, and then several workers anchored the sculpture to its base at its new home.

  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found unresponsive in cell

    A Jefferson County Detention Facility inmate died Sunday afternoon at St. Anthony Hospital after being found unresponsive in his jail cell four days prior.

    Mark Witkowski, 45, was found with a ligature around his neck by Jeffco deputies doing a jail walk-through at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The deputies began administering CPR and called for additional medical assistance, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Wagon walloped