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  • Bird pleads not guilty in July shooting of her husband

    An Evergreen woman charged with attempting to murder her husband has pleaded not guilty.

    Julie Bird, 59, was arrested on July 5 after deputies found her husband with a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Investigators believe Bird was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

    Bird has been charged with attempted murder, third-degree assault and prohibited use of a firearm. Her bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety, which she posted on July 27.

  • Gaten pleads not guilty to March shooting

    An Alice man charged with shooting someone in the El Rancho area last March has pleaded not guilty.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 and a motions hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

  • Initial work plan in process for Jeffco Planning and Zoning

    As 2018 comes to a close, the Jeffco Planning and Zoning department is working to prioritize projects for 2019.

  • Morrison holding off on comprehensive plan decision

    Morrison Town Board is taking some more time to think about whether or not it wants to move forward with a comprehensive plan amendment and potentially rezone property in the northwest portion of town.

  • Culturally modified trees provide insight into the area before settlers

    It’s fun to imagine what the foothills must have been like more than 200 years ago.

    As a 30-year resident of Evergreen and having learned about the area’s history throughout the years — the pioneers who forged paths to the gold fields with some deciding to settle here — it begs the question: Who came before the settlers?

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Blown for a loop

  • EPRD planning to take lessons learned from bond failure

    While the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s two ballot issues 6C and 6D failed by less than 400 votes each, some board members are hopeful that the district will be successful in the future.
    During a Nov. 13 board of directors meeting at Buchanan Recreation Center, President Bill May attributed the bond and mill levy’s failure to a combination of several things, including only three of the five board members working to pass it and former board members openly opposing it.

  • Brush fire near Red Rocks Country Club extinguished

    West Metro firefighters put out a brush fire near Red Rocks Country Club at the intersection of C-470 and U.S. 285 in South Jeffco on Wednesday morning.
    The call came in around 10:21 a.m., and firefighters had it mostly extinguished by 11:20 a.m., according to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman with West Metro Fire Rescue.
    Although West Metro is still mopping up and could find some hot spots, Scholting said the department is “saying it’s out.” An investigator is on scene to determine a cause.

  • Tree thinning continues at Conifer’s Flying J Ranch

    Jefferson County Open Space is continuing with a project to thin trees at Flying J Ranch in Conifer to provide more wildlife habitat, to make the area more resistant to wildfire and to make the area look nicer.

    Some trails will be closed temporarily while work is taking place, Drew Rayburn, Jeffco Open Space’s natural resources supervisor, told area residents at an open house about the project on Nov. 14. The work must be done by December 2020.

  • Morrison working on ‘clean up’ annexation

    Morrison is working on two annexation projects, one of which could provide jurisdictional clarity and include a small piece of property on Highway 8 into town limits.

    If approved, the Highway 8 annexation project, which has been in the works since 2006, would include the portion of the road from the new Town of Morrison sign and moving east toward the Conoco gas station near the C-470 intersection.