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  • JCOS developing website for information, questions

    Jeffco Open Space is developing an application that it hopes will one day serve as a one-stop shop for all land stewardship questions in the county.

    Called TerraSource, the website will serve as the umbrella under which various resources come together. Tentative plans indicate that Jeffco Open Space will divide information into five categories:

    • Water quality and conservation.

    • Invasive species management.

    • Wildlife, including habitat conservation.

  • Updated lighting, signage codes approved

    The Morrison town board on July 2 approved changes to its outdoor sign and lighting codes that the town maintains will help preserve the “eclectic feel” of its Old Town area.

    “This actually was a really great exercise for us to go through and see what’s actually happening in Old Town and take a look at the design guidelines and see where we may be able to fill in some gaps,” town planner Jennifer Woods said.

  • County briefs

    Jeffco still undecided on a ballot measure

    Jefferson County is continuing conversations with a Denver-based public affairs firm and plans to decide in the next few weeks whether it will pursue a ballot initiative in the 2019 election.

  • Crime briefs

    Preliminary hearing set for suspect accused of injuring man with ax

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the 46-year-old man accused of wielding an ax and injuring a man at a campground in Pine.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Back at the ranch …

  • Extreme Makeover: Dome Edition

    It might be summer vacation, but Bailey’s Deer Creek Elementary School was abuzz last week as volunteers worked to build a geodesic dome behind the school. 

    The dome, some 26 feet in diameter, will next year house garden beds to be used for all grades in the school’s science curriculum, and it’s a good choice for a mountain school due to its long lifespan and ability to withstand harsh climates and conditions.

  • Genesee artist debuts national parks exhibit at American Mountaineering Museum

    For Topher Straus, there’s nothing more inspiring than nature. 

    “For me, being outside in nature allows your soul to be free. It disconnects you with the world around you,” he said. “... That’s why I choose to do my art in Genesee, to produce it in Genesee. Because I love the mountains. I love the fresh air. I love seeing the stars at night.”

    Oftentimes, being an artist requires taking a risk and putting yourself out there.

  • ParkCo searching for missing teens

    Park County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two teenage girls who are believed to have run away from a home off Mount Evans Boulevard in Pine Junction. 

    The missing teens — Emma Stokes and Anna Frankman, both 16 — are not related but were living together in a foster home. They reportedly have significant mental health issues that were being treated in the home, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Accident closes U.S. 285 in both directions

    A two-car accident has shut down both sides of U.S. 285 near Kings Valley in Conifer.

    According to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the accident came in around noon. The crash involved a white sedan and a black SUV. The SUV ended up rolling, but Alvarado said neither driver was injured in the crash. There were multiple people in each car, but Alvarado said he didn’t believe anyone else was injured in the crash.

    “Right now, it looks like it's just a property damage crash,” he said.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Double-tapped