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  • Oliver is here to stay

    Oliver the horse sculpture has found his forever home in Evergreen thanks to the generosity of two donors.

    Oliver, sculpted by Jeff Best of Michigan of repurposed barbed wire, came to Evergreen last June and sits on the southeast corner of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard. Sculpture Evergreen, who brought Oliver here, has been on a mission since January to raise the $20,000 to keep Oliver in its permanent sculpture collection.

  • Alberga’s sentencing hearing postponed until March

    The sentencing hearing was postponed for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Alberga’s hearing on Monday was postponed while he is screened for community corrections. He is scheduled for sentencing March 7.

  • County briefs

    DirectLink considering broadband tower in Conifer

    DirectLink LLC is looking to work with private landowners to install a low-power, single-user broadband tower on Upper Ridge Road in Conifer.

    Because the proposed tower is taller than 35 feet high, which is what the current zoning allows for, the landowners are looking to rezone from agricultural to planned development.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • School programs to get additional funding

    Several education and support areas in Jeffco Public Schools will get additional funding this year thanks to the tax increase approved by voters in November.

    The Jeffco Public Schools board unanimously approved a supplemental budget appropriation of nearly $2.5 million for its current budget. The money will go to career technical education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), safety and mental health support, and early childhood education.

  • Marshdale students battle it out in 40 rounds at Conifer-area spelling bee

    By the time the 40-round Conifer-area spelling bee was over, Jackson Weeks could barely spell his own name without doing so spelling-bee style.

    “J … A … C … K,” the Marshdale Elementary School fifth-grader began, just minutes after winning the spelling competition held Feb. 5 at Elk Creek Elementary. “Can you use that in a sentence?” his dad joked.

  • Jeffco Schools continues discussion on later school start times

    Although the Jeffco Schools Start Time Task Force studied the issue for a year, there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the issue of school start times.

    During a Feb. 7 board meeting, a task force studying the issue recommended pushing school start times to 8 a.m. or later for middle schools and 8:30 a.m. or later for high schools. They suggested the change take effect in fall 2020.

  • Love at any age: Elk Run residents Dick Ingram and Lucy Antista find companionship with each other

    Two residents at Elk Run Assisted Living are proving that you can find love and companionship at any time and at any age.

    Lucy Antista, 83, and Dick Ingram, 89, who coincidentally have apartments next to each other, have become inseparable since Ingram moved into Elk Run 18 months ago. Antista has lived there for four years.

    “She tries to spoil me,” Ingram said of Antista. “She’s a fun lady. We like the same things: watching baseball games, football games and Westerns.”

  • Our Readers Write

    Thanks to the land development team

    Editor:

    I want to thank the land development team who presented at Conifer High School regarding the rezoning and development of the area behind Safeway. They were professional, patient and transparent in their process.

    The article in the Canyon Courier stated that no one spoke up in favor of the project. While that is true, please know there were those of us in the audience who came to listen and be educated.

  • Mountain Air Ranch is a safe haven for Coloradan nudists

    On about 150 acres in the mountains of Jefferson County, people are learning to appreciate and celebrate their body exactly as it is.

    At Mountain Air Ranch, Colorado’s oldest nudist club, it doesn’t matter if you have scars, extra weight or a prosthetic limb. People would rather know who you are than critique what you look like.

    “The scars, the weight. We don’t see that,” said member Ellen Rice. “You see the person not the body.”