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  • Lookout Mountain woman sentenced in infant’s death

    Bethany Joy Smith, the Lookout Mountain woman accused of killing her 3-month-old son in May 2016, was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty on June 29 to one felony charge of negligent child abuse causing death and one felony charge of first-degree assault.

    Smith, 23 also received a mandatory five-year parole sentence, which she will serve at the end of her sentence.

  • Buyers, sellers both can benefit as real estate market starts to balance

    While the foothills real estate market is still strongly favoring sellers, area agents say it’s slowly beginning to cool — a good thing for both buyers and sellers.

    The market here is moving toward being more neutral, especially for homes priced under $2 million, agents say, with some homes selling within hours while others are on the market for several months — a huge change from three years ago when homes were being snapped up at lightning speed.

  • Three wildfires burning near Pine

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, and the North Fork and Platte Canyon fire departments responded to three wildfires burning near Pine on Thursday.

    According to Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon assistant fire chief, the fires are on U.S. Forest Service land. 

  • Grassfire at Red Rocks extinguished

    Firefighters from West Metro Fire are mopping up at Red Rocks Friday afternoon after a lightning strike ignited a small grassfire near the concert venue.

    According to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire, the fire burned about 1 ½ acres and led to the temporary closure of the entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre before it was extinguished at 5 p.m.

    While the department requested assistance from Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Scholting said West Metro was ultimately able to tackle the blaze on its own.    

     

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  • Families, community celebrate EFR’s Health and Safety Day

    Jack Karle loves anything firefighter.

    The 4-year-old, dressed in a firefighter costume, ran around Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s 20th annual Health and Safety Day on Saturday, wearing a new bike helmet, playing in the fire truck-themed bouncy house and generally enjoying himself.

    He said he liked firefighters, fire trucks — and dinosaurs, showing he’s a youngster with many interests.

    “If there was a fire-osaurus,” he dad, Jay Karle, said, “that would be perfect.”

  • EPRD going for $24 million bond

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District constituents will decide this November whether to pass a $24 million bond to fund major repairs and enhancements throughout the district, and building a gym and additional pool space at Buchanan Recreation Center.
    On Aug. 21, the EPRD Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve having two questions on the ballot — the bond and a corresponding mill levy override.
    If passed, the district will sell bonds for $23.86 million, and the revenues would go toward funding:

  • Eight accused of operating identity theft ring

    Eight people have been indicted on 68 counts of theft, identity theft and more for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area between December 2017 and April 2018.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Six of the eight have been arrested, while two suspects — Faith Knight and Dwone Ector — remain at large.

    The following individuals have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20.

  • Suspects in January bar fight in Pine Junction arraigned

    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his then-4-year old daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January were arraigned Aug. 20 in Jefferson County court.

    Devon Lee Premer of Arvada and Joel Michael Wilson of Evergreen are each facing one felony count of assault in the first degree, one felony count of assault in the second degree, one misdemeanor count of child abuse and one crime of violence count — a sentence enhancer that would allow a judge to give them each a lengthier sentence if convicted.

  • Jeffco residents can comment on updates to master plan

    It’s not quite time to update Jefferson County’s comprehensive master plan, but the county planning and zoning department is thinking ahead and including the public in the process.

    When it comes time to update the plan, will changes focus on a specific land use, such as housing or commercial centers? Or will there be a focus on a specific geographic area like South Plains Area Plan, which covers South Jeffco, or the Evergreen Area Community Plan or the Conifer/285 Corridor Community Plan?