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Today's News

  • Traits of political success moving forward

    After voters elected Democrat Doug Jones to the United States Senate in what had been considered to be reliably Republican Alabama last week, several national pundits argued that if a Democrat could win in Alabama, that Democrats will win across the board in 2018 and that Jones’ victory is effectively a death knell for the Republican Party.

  • To tree or not to tree

    While hiking near Edwards last week, my friend and I spotted a curious pattern of a broad object that seemed to have swept down the snowy path not long before we arrived.
    As we reflected on the beauty of our frosty surroundings, the thickets of evergreen trees with diverse shapes and sizes reminded us that ‘tis the season for folks to head for the woods with a saw and, permit in hand, choose the perfect tree to drag along the path (in this case, for a painfully long distance), and tie to the roof of the car for the trip home.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Known where-abouts

  • Schaenzle remembers, honors her daughter with goal to run 5Ks in national parks

    Anna Rose Schaenzle was the whole package — compassionate, friendly, athletic, strong, intelligent and giving.
    “She was the most wonderful child,” her mom Gil Schaenzle said of the 21-year-old who died of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors in March 2017. “I always felt blessed that I had gotten to be her mom. … Someone at her funeral said Anna didn’t care if you were black or white, gay or straight. She just loved you.”

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    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.