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Today's News

  • Lost, then found

    Blitz is back home.

    Denverite Kate Townsend was reunited with her small black Lab on April 1 after a family in the neighborhood south of Mount Falcon took Blitz in. The dog had been lost lost for 44 days, since she chased a deer Feb. 16 while Townsend was hiking with friends at Mount Falcon Open Space.

  • Fighting the good (but staged) fight

    The sounds of groans and bodies hitting the floor emanated from Colorado Children’s Theatre on Sunday — along with a lot of laughter — as 20 young actors learned the art of stage combat.

    They learned how to fall – theatrically, of course – and how to throw a punch that looks realistic but doesn’t hurt the recipient. They also used swimming “noodles” as mock swords to learn how to perform a choreographed sword fight.

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to 3 counts in embezzlement

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in the theft of more than $647,000 from the fire district.

    MacBean, who was indicted last October, seven months after he was asked to step down as chief, entered guilty pleas in district court to two counts of theft and one count of embezzlement of public property. MacBean's sentencing is scheduled for June 24; he faces up to 27 years in prison.

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Bergen Park Church breaks ground on new building

    Excavators were out Wednesday, April 2, to get the ground ready for the new $2.2 million Bergen Park Church.

    The new 11,000-square-foot structure will help the congregation grow, said Pastor Jim Demolar. It will be built on a 2.7-acre parcel at 31919 Rocky Village Drive. The new church is adjacent to the existing church, which is at 1318 County Road 65. The existing church is getting a new address, too — 31880 Rocky Village Drive.

    Bergen Park Church representatives bought the land in October 2010.

  • Phone scammer posing as Xcel rep calling businesses

    At least four businesses were victims of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as a representative of Xcel Energy, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    The scammer would call a businesses and say its Xcel bill was past due. The caller then said that unless a payment was made immediately with a reloadable cash card, the power would be turned off, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Young writers find inspiration, encouragement at annual conference

    Nineteen years ago, a group of teachers and educators passionate about writing formed the Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference. These leaders saw the importance of developing the writing abilities and enjoyment of writing in all mountain area students. Since then, more than 5,000 students have participated in the annual event. This year’s conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Evergreen Country Day School.

  • Friends, indeed: Nonprofit helps fund programs at Staunton State Park

    The nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park has been working with Colorado’s newest state park since before it opened last year, and now the group is starting to receive some recognition.

    Friends of Staunton recently was named Best Nonprofit of the Year by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce.

    “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Wayne Parkinson, board president of Friends of Staunton. “Talk about a fantastic way to start 2014.”

  • New fire board member wants to focus on wildfire mitigation

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series on the two new members joining the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Wildfires are a persistent threat to the Evergreen community — and John Anderson wants to help combat them.

    “I think about wildfire every day," Anderson said. "We need to be prepared for a wildfire event, as well as all other services and natural and manmade threats.”