Local News

  • West Metro trains for surface ice rescues

    A man yells for help from a hole in the ice on Bear Creek Lake. He’s clinging to the ice shelf; his body is cold; he cannot hoist himself out.

    This situation is one that the West Metro Fire Rescue dive team knows how to handle. In fact, it’s precisely what they train for.

  • Vets helping vets:

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.

  • Snow much fun: People of all ages enjoy sledding at Meyer Ranch

    Last Friday marked the first big snow of the season, and excitement was in the air the following day as people of all ages packed Meyer Ranch Park with sleds in hand.

    According to the National Weather Service, Conifer had approximately 11 inches of snow by Saturday morning. For many park goers, it was their first trip to the Meyer Ranch sledding hill this season. The parking lot was packed, and dozens trudged through the thick snow hoping for a day of cold weather fun.

  • Five years after a horrific accident, Kai Bianco is thriving as a kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary

    Kai Bianco is a typical 5-year-old: an outgoing, talkative, imaginative, happy kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary School who his teacher calls an ambassador for the class.

    “He is a gift to our classroom,” teacher Kristin Manley said of Kai, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old. “He greets everybody: kids, teachers, parents. He is the essence of friendship. He notices when kids are sad, and he takes the time to greet you, say “hi,” and remember things about you.”

  • Sculpture Evergreen raising funds to keep animal sculpture in the area

    Evergreen is a community that needs a horse — a horse sculpture, that is.

    That’s the mission of members of Sculpture Evergreen, who want to raise the $20,000 needed to keep Oliver the horse sculpture that stands at the corner of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

  • Beautiful weather draws a crowd for monthly nature hike at Bear Creek Lake Park

    Not even a week after a New Year’s Eve snow, a warm, blue-skied day welcomed hikers to Bear Creek Lake Park.
    “Oh, Colorado,” said Michael Watson of South Jeffco as a group departed the Coyote Crossing picnic ground and ventured on a nature hike led by park ranger naturalist Lindsay Gillis.
    Last Saturday’s event attracted more than a dozen people of all ages. By Gillis’ estimation, it was the largest group to ever attend one of her nature hikes — perhaps it was the weather or a New Year’s resolution.

  • Locals make annual plunge for good cause

    While the water in Evergreen Lake was technically warmer than the near-zero temperature standing on the shore, not everyone surrounding the Lake House on New Year’s Day was cannonball-ing and belly-flopping into the water.
    About 160 people made the yearly Evergreen Lake Plunge, and the reasons behind their decisions were almost as unique as their outfits.
    One family was celebrating the dad’s birthday; one group of friends did it as a bonding activity; one man was thrown in and another plunged — accidentally — while throwing him.

  • Suzi and Billy Badrena work together designing, creating jewelry

    Suzi and Billy Badrena could be considered a Renaissance couple.

    In their 50 years of marriage, they’ve worked together breeding and showing horses; selling graphic arts; operating a bar, antique store and a bootery; and working as street artists in San Francisco, and as tile and mosaic artists. Now they have returned to designing and creating jewelry.

    The couple are a team in every sense of the word, and now with Esperanza Jewelers, the magic happens on their 46-acre Conifer ranch.

    Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind.

  • High levels of uranium found in King-Murphy Elementary water

    The Clear Creek School District is providing bottled water for King-Murphy Elementary School students and staff after water test results found higher-than-normal levels of uranium and adjusted gross alpha.

    In a letter to parents, the district said the situation is not an emergency, but it is looking at ways to mitigate the radiation levels to keep students safe. In the meantime, it is also retesting the water to verify the results.

  • Jeffco Schools overseeing transit survey

    Jeffco Public Schools is exploring district transportation, and in doing so, plans to examine ways to increase bus ridership in the district and to decrease the number of bus accidents and breakdowns.

    The district transportation department is conducting a survey among parents regarding bus ridership fees and more. The goal is to gauge interest and insight, and from there, the district will likely form focus groups to further delve into the issue. Depending on results, it may devise a plan to meet one or both of the transportation goals.