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  • School board approves contract extension for Glass

    The Jeffco Board of Education on March 7 unanimously agreed to extend the contract for Superintendent Jason Glass.

    Glass, who served as superintendent of Eagle County Schools prior to coming to Jeffco, was initially hired in May 2017. The original three-year contract is now extended until June 30, 2025. While the amended contract continues to provide yearly cost of living raises, it doesn’t include any compensation or benefit increases.

  • Marine Corps veteran set to receive new home in Pine from Homes For Our Troops

    American flags fluttered in the wind outside Elk Creek Elementary on Saturday as volunteers, community members and first responders gathered to welcome Marine Corps veteran Sean Carroll and his family to Pine.

    Carroll, a former lance corporal, was injured while serving in Iraq in March 2004. An improvised explosive device attack led to the loss of his right leg, left thumb and index finger as well as burns across 60 percent of his body.

  • Crime briefs

    Mother to be arraigned in I-70 crash that killed child

    The Westminster mother who allegedly caused the Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has waived her right to a preliminary hearing, and her case has been bound over to district court for arraignment.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, is scheduled for arraignment at 8 a.m. April 8. She appeared in court on bond during her March 8 preliminary hearing.

  • Conifer Heights decision pushed again

    Conifer residents still don’t know whether the Jefferson County Planning Commission will recommend rezoning 25 acres at the intersection of Barkley Road and Highway 73 in Conifer.

  • EPRD board to look at nine acres in Indian Hills

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District board has formed a committee to begin looking at nine acres of land in Indian Hills that it might consider purchasing.

    The land, which is near Parmalee Elementary School, is priced at $1.6 million and has nine reserved water taps.

    Real estate agent Andy Wann brought the land to the board’s attention in January, and this month, John Ellis and Peg Linn said they would learn more about the property and bring their ideas back to the board.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Call to inaction

  • Puppet show teaches Parmalee students about harmful nature of plastic bags

    Third-grade students at Parmalee Elementary School received a refresher on plastics last week during a puppet show put on by members of the Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability.

    The puppet show, created by Tupper and Carla Briggs, follows Ernie the elk and his fellow wildlife puppet cast as they share a story of plastic bags’ effect on the environment. When a plastic bag wraps around Ernie’s antlers, the elk puppet seeks help from his friends.

  • County briefs

    Jeffco proposes dividing precincts

    Jefferson County is looking to divide 49 of its 258 election precincts in order to maintain compliance with a state law that requires each precinct to have 2,000 or fewer active voters.

    According to newly elected clerk and recorder George Stern, 16 precincts must be divided before the November 2019 coordinated elections. An additional 33 are close enough to exceeding the limit that Stern and his team recommended going ahead with the process in order to avoid repeating the work after redistricting in 2021.

  • Dozier, Roescher running for D2 seat in IREA election

    Two candidates are vying for the District 2 spot on the Intermountain Rural Electric Association board of directors.

    District 2, which stretches from southern Castle Rock to Conifer, Bailey, Pine and parts of Evergreen, is currently represented by Bailey resident James “Duke” Dozier. Dozier is running for re-election, though the spot is contested by Steve Roescher of Castle Rock.

  • Justice center moving closer toward funding goal

    Although plans for the PorchLight Family Justice Center have been in the works for nearly two years, the question of funding remains in flux.

    However, during a Feb. 26 staff briefing with the Jeffco commissioners, PorchLight staff members received the initial go-ahead to begin a final push for fundraising for the center. According to preliminary conversations in the staff briefing, the county committed to match funds up to $250,000 if PorchLight receives at least $100,000 in funding from a number of potential sources.