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  • Morrison voters agree with town board on disconnection, rezoning of Red Rocks Ranch

     In the first of two elections on the matter, Morrison voters chose not to repeal the town board’s decision on rezoning and disconnection of Red Rocks Ranch, a piece of property on the northeast corner of Morrison Road and C-470 just north of Bear Creek Lake Park.

    According to unofficial results from the Sept. 25 special election, 58 voted in favor of repealing the rezoning while 112 voted against it. Likewise, 55 voters voted in favor of repealing the board’s decision to disconnect the property and 115 voted against it.

  • Agencies honor first responders for work with seniors

    Several squad cars and ambulances were parked outside Augustana Elk Run on Sept. 19; thankfully it was for first responders to be honored and thanked for the work they do.

    The senior living facility’s staff members hosted a breakfast and invited every first-responder group they could think of, so everyone could get the thanks they deserve, according to Director of Marketing Kristina Sherwood.

    The thank-ers were staff from Elk Run, Life Care Center of Evergreen and Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, all of whom take care of senior citizens.

  • 10th annual recycling event a ‘win-win’ for community

    Vehicles were lined up from Evergreen Country Day School all the way to Evergreen Parkway in El Rancho several times Saturday as they waited to drop off hard-to-recycle items at the Mereth Meade Recycling Day.

    In its 10th year, the event draws more and more recyclers every year.

    “It amazes me that after all of the (recyclables) we’ve taken in each year, there’s still even more than comes in,” Larry Caine, immediate past president of Evergreen Rotary, said.

  • Bergen Valley now houses a domed building for growing plants, teaching students

    A greenhouse now stands behind Bergen Valley — thanks to the work of the Bergens PTA, parents and students.

    The 22-foot-diameter, 11-foot tall domed building will be used in many ways to teach students about growing plants. It has 380 square feet of growing space, according to Lem Tingley, owner of Growing Spaces, which sells the prefabricated structures.

    “Kids can learn so much,” Tingley said. “They can see how to grow things and where food comes from.”

  • Conifer Historical Society celebrates the Yellow Barn’s 100th birthday

    Anyone who’s made the trek from Evergreen into Conifer knows the cheery barn that stands at the intersection of Barkley Road and Highway 73.

    Now the site of Magpie Mercantile, the barn is hard to miss with its sloping roof and bright yellow paint. On the National Registry of Historic Places since 2014, the Yellow Barn is as rich in history as the numerous families who’ve owned it since it was erected in 1918.

  • WJMS PTA endorses education-focused ballot measures

    The West Jefferson Middle School PTA announced Friday that it will formally support three school funding measures that are on the November ballot, including Amendment 73.

    Amendment 73 is a statewide constitutional amendment which aims to create $1.6 billion in statewide school funding through by raising income taxes for those whose annual income exceeds $150,000, raising the corporate tax rate, and changing how property taxes are assessed for schools.

  • Twenty-three Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco students have been named as 2019 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, including five students in the Evergreen and Conifer areas and 10 from South Jeffco schools.

    Announced Thursday, the 23 semifinalists are among 16,000 students recognized nationally and will compete next spring for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $30 million total.

  • Academic performance still mixed for Jeffco

    Academic performance among students in Jeffco Public Schools remains a mixed bag despite efforts to close performance gaps among low-income students, minorities and male students over the past few years.

  • Two mountain-area firefighters pass, remembered for service

    Two longtime firefighters who served the 285 Corridor for more than a decade each have died — one from cancer and another from an aneurysm.

    David Haight

  • Arraignment set for identity theft ring suspects

    Seven of the eight people indicted in August for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area will be arraigned Oct.15.
    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Seven of the eight have been arrested, while one suspect — Faith Knight — remains at large.
    The following individuals have been arrested:
    • Jacob Westfall, 20.
    • Matthew Lane, 42.
    • Michael John Mancuso, 28.