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Today's News

  • Stealey left his mark on political landscape

    We lost a giant of Colorado politics earlier this month with the passing of Wally Stealey. I was privileged to know and work with (and against) him for the better part of 30 years. He graciously was a mentor to me and then even more graciously allowed our relationship to transition into that of friends and colleagues as I got older and more experienced.

  • Cougars dust Lobos in annual Mountain Bowl rivalry

    EVERGREEN — The Evergreen Cougars dismissed the distractions of the hoopla surrounding its rivalry game on Oct. 20 and beat Conifer Lobos 38-13 in the Mountain Bowl Friday.

    The Cougars won their second straight game under interim coach Dave Leek, who had been the special teams coordinator, and fifth in a row overall and third in league play. The Cougars improved to 7-1 overall and can clinch the 3A West Metro title with a win this week against Green Mountain.

  • Former dentist adds some frost to Aspen Park with fro-yo place

    A frozen yogurt shop isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a former dentist, much less one from Venezuela whose mother owned a bakery at one point.

    Yet, that’s exactly where you’ll find Karin Watt, the 34-year-old Venezuelan who dreamed up Chill’d — Aspen Park’s newest frozen confection shop, complete with a 12-flavor spread of fro-yo, gelato and sorbet.

  • County health board considering changes to septic-system regulations

    The Jefferson County Board of Health is seeking feedback from mountain area residents at a public meeting Oct. 30 about proposed changes to onsite septic system regulations, including adding more training for system installers, additional use-permit requirements and more.

  • Elk Creek firefighters deployed to California

    Four Elk Creek firefighters have been deployed to help fight the wildfires currently burning in California, including fires in Santa Cruz, the Angeles National Forest and Napa County.

    According to Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management notified the department of an urgent request last week, and Elk Creek responded.

  • Outside-the-box approach is Lozensky’s push to join Platte Canyon school board

    Platte Canyon school board candidate Rockie Lozensky offers something a little different than the five other candidates running for three open seats on the school board. While she’s the mother of two girls in the district and has lived in the area for more than 20 years, she’s not a current board member, she hasn’t taught at any of the schools, and she isn’t affiliated with Parents and Citizens for Education. Lozensky isn’t necessarily even a diehard attendee of the monthly board meetings.

  • Fitzsimmons parent, public accountant eyes Platte Canyon school board seat

    For Heather Prewitt, the past year in the Platte Canyon school district was tough to watch. Prewitt regularly spoke during public comment at school board meetings — pointing out issues with financial reports, and expressing concerns that the district and school board weren’t being transparent enough about decisions. Prewitt’s concerns led to her involvement with Parents and Citizens for Education, an advocacy group that helped organize last year’s unsuccessful recall of the Platte Canyon school board.

  • Former Evergreen resident Encalada LaTorre defies deportation orders

    Ingrid Encalada LaTorre, the former Evergreen resident who was scheduled to be deported to Peru last week, defied deportation orders Oct. 17 and instead entered sanctuary at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins — the second time she’s entered sanctuary in the past year.

    In a statement released through the American Friends Service Committee in Denver, LaTorre said that while she originally planned to comply with the orders, she ultimately decided against it.

  • Jeffco school board candidates square off at candidate forum

    Student achievement, school funding and teacher retention were among the near dozen topics that Jeffco school board candidates sparred over Oct. 17 at a candidate forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and Together Colorado at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden.

  • Jeffco talks diversity, inclusivity

    Nearly 300 people gathered last week to discuss ways to carry the topic of diversity and inclusivity to the forefront of conversation in Jefferson County and beyond.

    Hosted by Jeffco Human Services, Jeffco Human Resources, Jeffco Public Library, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Boulder County, the One Community Summit, held Oct. 19 at the Arvada Center, featured a keynote speaker and various breakout sessions centering on diversity, inclusivity and equity.