Local News

  • Part of Bear Creek Avenue closed for rock mitigation

    A portion of Bear Creek Avenue in Morrison is closed Wednesday and Thursday as the Colorado Department of Transportation works on rock mitigation in the area.

    The segment, which is currently coned off, is near the intersection with Highway 8 west of the Morrison Liquor Store. Both sides of the street are closed. According to a press release from the Morrison Police Department, the mitigation is scheduled to last at least two days.

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  • Education briefs

    Healthy Kids Colorado will soon be opt-out

    Starting next school year, Jeffco Public Health hopes to have access to additional health-related data from a more representative group of Jefferson County students.

  • Conifer High School hosts third-annual Diversity Day

    As a black man growing up in Ohio, Effley Brooks can remember three teachers who impacted life as he knows it today.

    One recognized the racism Brooks experienced at his mostly white school but never took action; another completely overlooked Brooks, making him feel unworthy and invisible; and the last saw Brooks’ pain and allowed him to share his thoughts, to open up and be vulnerable.

  • AT&T tower could be on its way to Idledale

    A new telecommunications tower is being proposed in Idledale as a means of bringing AT&T wireless service to the area and providing infrastructure for additional service providers.

    The tower, which would be northwest of the intersection of Highway 74 and Grapevine Road, is being proposed by Nexius, a telecommunications service provider based in Texas. If approved, it will be on private land owned by Steven and Dianne Palaschak. The tower will be some 90 feet tall and fashioned to look like a tree.

  • Off-duty firefighter saves boy in Pine fire

    Off-duty Platte Canyon Fire Protection District firefighter Kyle Chavez was standing in the kitchen of his Pine Junction home on Feb. 18 when he noticed smoke billowing out of a nearby home.

    “I ran over to their property, knocked on doors and windows,” Chavez recalled in a phone interview. “Finally, a lady answered and was pretty panicked. I heard a kid screaming in the back room, ran in and grabbed him.”

  • Fresh snow makes for a fun 285 WinterFest

    With a fresh blanket of snow and a clear, blue sky, Saturday proved to be the perfect day to celebrate winter.

    And what better way to do so than a community tubing competition? Dozens filled Meyer Ranch Park for an adrenaline-packed start to 285 WinterFest.

    “That was awesome,” said Pine Junction resident Jackie Gibson as she made it to the bottom of the Meyer Ranch tubing hill. It was her third time attending the event.

    “We love it,” she said.

  • Jeffco deputies searching for missing man near Tiny Town

    The search for a missing Bailey resident led the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to Tiny Town on Friday. 

    According to Dionne Waugh, spokeswoman with Jeffco, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that 26-year-old Jacob Paddock-Weeks might be in the area, but the search has thus far been unsuccessful. Dogs and a drone were in Tiny Town looking for the man, who has been missing since Feb. 2 when he crashed his Dodge Ram into the guardrail at U.S. 285 and Parmalee Gulch Road and left the scene of the accident. 

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  • Echo Mountain’s tubing hill sees successful opening weeks

    Say goodbye to ol’ Rosebud because inner tubes are the new way to move down snowy hillsides.

    Squaw Pass Road’s Echo Mountain Lodge is now giving both locals and visitors alike a new way to shred powder on its tubing hill, which opened Jan. 30.

    In its first two weeks, tubing received a lot of interest among both group bookings and private-event bookings, and dozens of guests have slid down the hill already, Guest Services Manager Paula Vogel said.