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  • Mother receives probation for I-70 crash that killed daughter

    A Westminster mother who caused the August 2018 Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in the Jeffco jail work release program as well as three years of probation.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges in June, including vehicular homicide-DUI and child abuse resulting in death, both class  3 felonies. Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the DA's Office, clarified that the work release and the probation sentences will not be served simultaneously.

  • Part of Jeffco’s administration building closed due to water damage

    Jefferson County considers itself lucky.

    When water began pouring from a pipe on the first floor of the county building in Golden on Saturday morning, members of the facilities management team were already there for an unrelated project. Because of that, the water was turned off quickly, and Colorado Premier Restoration was on site in less than an hour.

    “Without them and the response that we got out of staff, the damage would have been so much more substantial,” said Rob Ross, assistant director of general services with Jeffco.

  • Xcel developing wildfire mitigation program

    Xcel Energy is in the midst of developing a wildfire mitigation program.

    According to information from Xcel, the immediate priorities of the program include:

    • Mapping the HRFA (High Risk Fire Area) to identify areas of key risk;

    • Building resiliency into and making improvements to transmission and distribution systems;

    • Developing new operational guidelines for RFW (Red Flag Warning) conditions;

    • Hardening circuits;

  • Morrison survey results show divide between local residents, businesses

    Morrison residents are happy with just about everything but the traffic in town, according to the recently released results of a town survey conducted by Denver-based Corona Insights.

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  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.

  • Romberg: Conservation easements need to remain in place

    About the worst tool out there for land preservation is the term conservation easement. Such an easement allows the owner of a property to be paid not to develop a property for a specific period of time that will expire at the end of the term.

    When I was a member of the Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, we were asked to consider such term easements. The vast majority of the Board, including me, believed it was a terrible idea. We concluded that such term easements did nothing more to pay someone for a relatively short period of time to delay development.

  • EPRD briefs

    Nexius asks to put cell-phone apparatus on Buchanan roof

    Nexius wants approval from the Evergreen Park & Recreation board to put an apparatus on the roof of the Buchanan Park Rec Center to improve cell phone service in Evergreen.

    Jaclyn Levine, site acquisitions manager with Nexius, told the board at its July 23 meeting that Nexius wanted to install three cupolas on the roof to improve AT&T service. The cupolas would fit in with the design of the building, so they wouldn’t be obtrusive.

  • Through Faithfully K9, Conifer resident helps transform dogs into service animals

    John Jackson has trouble sleeping at night.

    As a Marine Corps veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder, he’s often plagued with nightmares. He’s used to waking up multiple times in a “vicious cycle” of distress.

    But that’s where Sierra comes in. His 5-year-old German shepherd service dog is trained to wake him up in the middle of the night if he’s having a nightmare. The dog will nudge Jackson in his chest and face until he rouses.