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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.

  • State of the Arts: 'Little Shop of Horrors' combines horror, comedy at CHS

    “Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical that incorporates a bit of horror, a bit of comedy, a bit of ‘60s doo-wop music — and the show comes to life this weekend at Conifer High School.

    “Jo (Gerlick, the show’s director) picked the show because we have a good group of kids that can handle the material,” according to CHS choral music teacher Camille Brightsmith. “It’s a musical with pretty difficult singing. To do a show like that, you must have a group of strong singers.”

  • Hemp Way Foods hoping to bring its food to every household

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about CBD and hemp, and foothills residents who use it.

    An award-winning food company is right in our foothills backyard.

    Hemp Way Foods continues to win awards for its hemp burgers and crumbles, and owner Carla Boyd hopes to bring her food to stores regionally and eventually nationwide. She expects to be in Natural Grocers by March, and she is looking for an investor to help her take her company to the next level.

  • Evergreen couple start group to be social, pick up litter

    An Evergreen couple are starting a group to get people outside — and to clean things up.

    It’s called the Anti-Litter Social Club, and its first meeting will be at 11 a.m. March 24 starting at Baskin-Robbins in downtown Evergreen. At the first meeting, the group will pick up whatever they find in downtown Evergreen, along Bear Creek and around the lake.

    They hope they can get a local establishment to host a happy hour at around 2 p.m., when litter pickup will end.

  • BizBeat: A Buck or More Dollar Store strives to be a ‘one-stop shop’

    After making regular trips down the hill to visit various dollar stores, Bailey residents Randy and Tammi Headley decided to bring one to Conifer.

    A Buck or More Dollar Store, which will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday during WinterFest, offers everything from camping and fishing gear to toys, toiletries, food, office supplies and more. Most of the merchandise — but not everything — costs $1.

  • South Jeffco detox office receives nod from Planning Commission

    Despite opposition from the community, the Jeffco Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a rezoning proposal that could bring a detoxification center to South Jeffco.

    If approved by the Board of County Commissioners, the proposal would amend the planned development zoning to allow for up to seven beds in an overnight detoxification center at 5920 S. Estes St.

  • County looks to improve Highway 73

    A portion of Highway 73 could be improved if Jefferson County receives federal funding as part of the Denver Regional Council of Governments Transportation Improvement Program.

  • Dakota Ridge takes unique approach in raising money for winter dance

    The whipped cream was nearly frozen, but that certainly didn’t chill the excitement of those gathered outside of Dakota Ridge High School after school on Feb. 1.

    “This is like a shaving cream fight. Everyone’s so excited,” said junior Makenna Dickey as students and faculty began to gather in front of the school.

  • Free, full-day kindergarten and its effect on Jeffco Schools

    What would free, full-day kindergarten mean for Jeffco Public Schools, a district that already offers full-day kindergarten to its students?

    Questions surrounding newly-elected Gov. Jared Polis’ proposal — one of his primary campaign promises — dominated conversation Feb. 12 when the Jeffco school board visited the state Capitol to meet with legislators representing Jefferson County.