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  • Woman who had 'infatuation' with Columbine tragedy found dead at Echo Lake

    Schools in Jefferson County — and across the state — have returned to business as usual after last week’s credible threat that caused shelter-in-place protocols on April 16 and schools to be closed on April 17.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam. A woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m., called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • One injured in four-car pileup on I-70

    One driver was transported to the hospital Saturday morning after a four-car pileup on eastbound Interstate 70. 

    According to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, the call about the four-vehicle crash near Genesee came in at 8:23 a.m. While most were uninjured in the accident, the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck was transported to Lutheran Hospital due to bleeding from the head. The other cars involved were a 2017 Dodge Ram, a 2017 Audi SUV and a 2004 Toyota pickup truck, according to Alvarado.

  • Suspect charged with first-degree murder in Brinson's death

    The man arrested last week in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson has been charged with first-degree murder.

    Blake Alan Quinlan, 18, was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on April 4. He is being held without bond and will return to court for a May 6 hearing in which a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

  • 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.