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Today's News

  • Volunteers are the nucleus of any political party

    Joe Webb

  • Decisions, decisions on additional state funding

    The good news is that economists for the legislature and the governor projected last week that the state will have more than $1 billion more to spend on state priorities in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The bad news is that the demand for state services is several times that amount.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Not-okay corral
    CONIFER
    — Dale Evans called JCSO to report foul play on Foxton Road. According to Dale’s report, rustlers unknown made off with the gate to her “paddock area.” Dale surmised the sidewinders most likely removed the gate by “adjusting the mounting brackets.” She further advised deputies that the crooks stole the mounting brackets. Nothing was damaged, said Dale, except the paddock’s internal integrity. The case remains wide open.

    Sight unseen

  • National group looks for independent candidate in House District 25 race

    The Colorado chapter of Unite America, a grassroots political group that works to get independent candidates elected to state offices, is targeting the 2018 House District 25 race in an effort “bridge the growing partisan divide” both locally and statewide.

    Announced just days before the statewide caucuses March 6, Unite Colorado’s executive director Nick Troiano says the effort stems from what he sees as an opportunity for an independent candidate to take the district.

  • Building trades program at Conifer High to shut down

    Nearly three years after it was revived, the building trades program at Conifer High School will be shuttered next year because of a lack of interest from area students.

    According to Diana Wilson, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools, the district’s decision to put the program on hold earlier this year had everything to do with a lack of student interest versus district-level funding challenges.

  • National group targets House District 25 race

    The Colorado chapter of Unite America, a grassroots political group that works to get independent candidates elected to state offices, is targeting the 2018 House District 25 race in an effort “bridge the growing partisan divide” both locally and statewide.

    Announced just days before the statewide caucuses March 6, Unite Colorado’s executive director Nick Troiano says the effort stems from what he sees as an opportunity for an independent candidate to take the district.

  • More security, mental health a priority in the foothills

    Conifer and Evergreen residents at a Jeffco Public Schools-sponsored school safety meeting agreed with officials and others there that the district needed to find funding both for more security measures at area schools and more mental health resources for students and staff.

    In anonymous breakout sessions following the main presentation on March 20, several people voiced concern that more wasn’t being done to protect schools in Conifer and Evergreen.

  • RMAE teacher chosen for Space Foundation program

    Ian Dunbar, the technology teacher at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, has been selected for the Space Foundation’s 2018 Teacher Liaison program — beating out more than two dozen other applicants for a spot on this year’s roster.

  • Candidates from Town of Morrison gear up for April 3 municipal election

    Five of the seven candidates in the Town of Morrison’s municipal election agree that the property for the pending Red Rocks Ranch residential development should be annexed into Jefferson County.

    Another candidate says Morrison should keep control of the property and therefore the development, while the last candidate said she didn’t have enough information to have an opinion.

  • Old Town Historic Overlay District hopes to maintain Morrison’s pizzazz

    It has been more than four decades since Jamee Chambers first began pushing for a way to protect Morrison’s historic buildings and quirky charm.

    She finally has a means of doing so with the unanimous passing of the Old Town Historic Overlay District at Morrison’s March 20 board meeting.

    The plan aims to protect the town’s historic resources by creating rules and regulations for future businesses in downtown Morrison. While current businesses are grandfathered in, the rules apply should they wish to make changes in the future.