Local News

  • Hiwan Hills property owner withdraws lot application

    A hearing to decide whether to remand a case back to the Jeffco Planning Commission ended in the applicant withdrawing his proposal altogether.

  • 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.

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

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue at Evergreen Lake Saturday morning — 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, and a woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m. called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on their ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • County dollars secured for PorchLight Family Justice Center

    Jefferson County will officially provide funds for PorchLight Family Justice Center after the center successfully raised more than $100,000 in a little more than a month.

    During a staff briefing in February, the county committed to match funds up to $250,000 if PorchLight received at least $100,000 in funding from a number of potential sources by April. District Attorney Pete Weir and others associated with the project attended an April 9 staff briefing to share that the goal had been met.

  • News Briefs

    Fire guts Aspen Park home
    Firefighters from three mountain-area fire departments spent hours Friday night putting out a blaze that destroyed a home in Aspen Park.
    According to Elk Creek FIre Protection District, when firefighters arrived on scene at 25758 Rea Avenue, a few miles east of JJ Madwells, they found about 50 percent of the house on fire. The home eventually was a total loss, but there were no injuries.
    The call came in at 10:15 p.m. A cause is still under investigation.

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  • Our Readers Write

    Appreciative of your support


    To our great merchants in Evergreen:

    Thank you so much for the support you gave the Evergreen Elks by way of  donations to our silent auction on April 13. More than 34 merchants donated, and I was blown away by your generosity. 

    We were able to earn a significant amount for Elks National Foundation. Because of your generosity, we will get the grants and scholarships needed to give back to the community. 

  • On the Move: What are you waiting for?

    As a personal trainer, I’m mystified as to why so many people are willing to become unhealthier by the day. We have a population in the United States that continues to gain weight, eat poorly, exercise too little and are becoming less and less functional.

    By functional I mean people can’t move. Parents can’t play with their kids, which are memories of fun that will never happen. Grandparents can’t get on and off the floor to play with their grandkids. People can’t hike, ride bikes or ski anymore.

  • Art, elevated: For Rachel Baer Henderson, art was a saving grace

    Rachel Baer Henderson likes to say her artistic journey began when she took her crayons to the wall of her childhood home.

    But despite her early experiments, the Conifer resident’s path to art wasn’t as clear-cut as one might think. She transitioned into art full-time 20 years ago after spending 10 years working in forensics. The work was interesting, but Henderson said she was ready for a change.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures

    Columbine High School doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. Then again, most schools in the country don’t.

    Main entrances often have cameras and intercoms to buzz in visitors, and a security desk sits just inside the door. Many now have school resource officers.

    John McDonald, the executive director of Jeffco Public Schools’ school safety department, recalled how seeing a police car in front of a school 20 years ago was a source of drama and concern for parents and students alike. Now, it’s a normal and sometimes welcome sight.