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  • Jeffco could rehear housing proposal in El Rancho

    More than six months after denying a proposal for 100 multifamily units near El Rancho, it appears as though the Jeffco commissioners are going to allow a rehearing for the Village at Elk Rest Meadows.

    Initially, the developers wanted to amend the planned development zoning on seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow 100 multifamily units. The applicant, PIII Swede Gulch LLC, is now proposing 65 multifamily units instead of the original 100.

  • Jeffco school board approves 5A compensation increase

    With the Jeffco Board of Education approving a compensation increase for teachers earlier this month, the district continues to make good on a number of promises made to its electorate regarding money from the November election.

    The $33 million mill levy override, also known as ballot measure 5A, specified that half of the funds would go toward teacher compensation.

  • Inter-Canyon working structure fire in Hilldale Pines

    Mountain-area fire departments continue to fight a structure fire that gutted the majority of a home off Crystal Drive in Hilldale Pines this afternoon.

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District first received the call at 1:50 p.m., and Indian Hills Fire Rescue and Elk Creek Fire Department provided mutual aid. Some 10 apparatus and 20 firefighters responded to the fire and found heavy smoke and flames upon arrival on scene in Morrison.

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  • West Jeff’s TSA club teaches students about STEM

    It’s not always easy to convince to students to come to school early, but one organization at West Jefferson Middle School has no problem at all.

    The West Jeff chapter of the Technology Student Association has attracted some 60 members who frequently come to school early or stay late to participate. And though science, technology, engineering and math fields are generally male-dominated, more than half of West Jeff’s club members are girls.

  • School board approves contract extension for Glass

    The Jeffco Board of Education on March 7 unanimously agreed to extend the contract for Superintendent Jason Glass.

    Glass, who served as superintendent of Eagle County Schools prior to coming to Jeffco, was initially hired in May 2017. The original three-year contract is now extended until June 30, 2025. While the amended contract continues to provide yearly cost of living raises, it doesn’t include any compensation or benefit increases.

  • Marine Corps veteran set to receive new home in Pine from Homes For Our Troops

    American flags fluttered in the wind outside Elk Creek Elementary on Saturday as volunteers, community members and first responders gathered to welcome Marine Corps veteran Sean Carroll and his family to Pine.

    Carroll, a former lance corporal, was injured while serving in Iraq in March 2004. An improvised explosive device attack led to the loss of his right leg, left thumb and index finger as well as burns across 60 percent of his body.

  • Crime briefs

    Mother to be arraigned in I-70 crash that killed child

    The Westminster mother who allegedly caused the Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has waived her right to a preliminary hearing, and her case has been bound over to district court for arraignment.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, is scheduled for arraignment at 8 a.m. April 8. She appeared in court on bond during her March 8 preliminary hearing.

  • Conifer Heights decision pushed again

    Conifer residents still don’t know whether the Jefferson County Planning Commission will recommend rezoning 25 acres at the intersection of Barkley Road and Highway 73 in Conifer.

  • EPRD board to look at nine acres in Indian Hills

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District board has formed a committee to begin looking at nine acres of land in Indian Hills that it might consider purchasing.

    The land, which is near Parmalee Elementary School, is priced at $1.6 million and has nine reserved water taps.

    Real estate agent Andy Wann brought the land to the board’s attention in January, and this month, John Ellis and Peg Linn said they would learn more about the property and bring their ideas back to the board.