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  • El Rancho meeting postponed

    An April 10 community meeting regarding a proposal to rezone property in El Rancho has been postponed due to inclement weather, according to Jeffco planner Justin Montgomery. 

    The proposal, initially denied by the county commissioners, is now being reheard because of a significant change to the application. 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 units instead of the original 100.

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  • Seminars to provide education about child trafficking

    Two seminars on April 27 will not only bring awareness about child trafficking worldwide but also show attendees they can do something about it.

    “We have to make people aware,” said Dr. Jeff Brodsky, founder and president of Conifer-based JOY International. “Awareness is good, but awareness without action is apathy. … Everyone can do something.”

    Brodsky and other speakers will share stories about the fight against child trafficking and the sex trade.

  • Projects supported through Innovation Acceleration Fund

    Without money from the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund, Evergreen High School physics teacher Brent Olyowski couldn’t have hosted the Great Mousetrap Weightlifting Challenge, in which Evergreen students competed to see whose homemade car could pull the most weight up an incline.

  • Community members share budget thoughts

    Of the many ways in which Jeffco Public Schools could budget its money, some community members believe the district should earmark more toward special education, safety and compensation.

    Nothing is certain until the governor’s office finalizes its budget, but Jeffco Public Schools expects to receive $22 million from the state, leaving $19.7 million for the district’s general fund after money is passed through to the charters, Colorado Preschool Program and innovation schools.

  • 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.