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  • Midway House could become visitors center

    Though it’s dependent on the results of a feasibility study, the Midway House at Meyer Ranch is poised to become a welcome and information center for Conifer.

    The project, initiated by various Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce members, is meant to create a center to serve as a community resource and hub for information.

    “The goal is really … to work with (Jeffco) Open Space and use that as a tourist center, chamber office, community resource center type building,” said Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the chamber.

  • ECDS to build athletic, performance center

    Evergreen Country Day School will construct an athletic and performance center that is scheduled to open by the end of 2020.

  • Elk Creek Fire looks to halt Conifer development until fees established

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is asking the Jefferson County commissioners for a moratorium on new development in Conifer — at least until it can establish an impact fee agreement for developers.

    “The developer would pay into a fund that would just be dedicated for … purchasing fire engines or stations or things that are needed as you grow. So that the existing people that live here don’t have to pay for … the impacts of the new development,” said Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • ‘A little bit of light in the darkness that they have’

    When Ramsey Turner first walked in to meet with the victim specialists at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, she was overwhelmed.

    The process is intimidating. It requires reliving a traumatic experience with a stranger. For Turner, it meant detailing years of domestic abuse, and she had trouble opening up at first. But once she committed to the process, her victim specialist, Sabrina Martinez, became family.

  • Climber injured on Urban Alpine Crag

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Department helped rescue a climber from a rock wall along Deer Creek Canyon Road on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Dan Hatlestad, a department spokesman, a man climbing the Urban Alpine Crag fell about 30 feet and significantly injured a leg. The area is a flat wall on the north side of the road that is popular with climbers.

    Rescuers were able to get to him quickly, but because of the difficult terrain, the Alpine Rescue Team was called in to make a rope rescue, Hatlestad said. The man was transported to an area hospital.

  • Two motorcycle accidents close northbound U.S. 285 Saturday afternoon

    Two accidents involving motorcycles on Saturday afternoon closed northbound U.S. 285 near South Turkey Creek Road. The highway has since reopened.

    The first accident, according to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, happened at 1 p.m. and involved only minor injuries, and the parties exchanged information.

  • Driver gets four years for crash that killed Hern

    For the Hern family of Evergreen, April 4 marked a new chapter in the story of their grief. That’s because Daltyn Hollon, 21, was sentenced to four years in prison. 

    Hollon was sentenced for a Jan. 20, 2018, one-car accident on Highway 74 where he was driving between 65 and 80 mph in El Rancho when the speed limit is 40 mph. Rachel Hern, who was in the car when Hollon lost control, was ejected and later died from her injuries.

  • Alberga’s sentencing delayed a third time

    The sentencing hearing was postponed a third time for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, two prior sentencing hearings were delayed while Alberga was screened for community corrections. He is now scheduled to be sentenced 8 a.m. April 18.

  • Arrest made in connection with Brinson's death

    An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson, a Littleton man who hadn’t been seen since January. 

    Blake Quinlan was being held in the Sherman County Jail in Texas on unrelated charges, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to Jeffco on Thursday and booked into the Jeffco Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. 

  • Deputies crack down on drivers without seat belts

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies were set up at various locations in Evergreen and Conifer last week in an effort to get more drivers to wear seat belts.

    The effort to increase seat belt usage in rural areas was funded by a grant, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Statistics show that in 2018, 86 percent of Colorado drivers wore seat belts, which is below the national average of 90 percent. In addition, 53 percent of the fatalities involved a driver or occupant who wasn’t wearing a seat belt.