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  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish 3/4-acre grass fire

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a grass fire that quickly grew to ¾ of an acre at around noon Saturday near the Evergreen Rodeo grounds, evidence that conditions in the area are ripe for wildfires.

    The fire, which was started accidentally, was put out by 25 firefighters and seven fire trucks in less than 30 minutes. The fire was within 20 feet of a home. Firefighters continued to monitor the area that afternoon and evening.

    The person who started the fire was cited with misdemeanor arson, according to the EFR Twitter feed.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning property behind Safeway for 70 homes

    Jefferson County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved rezoning property behind the Evergreen Safeway for 70 homes.

    The 12.5 acres that also runs north behind Valentine Seevers & Associates and Bank of the West was rezoned from Commercial 1 to Planned Development. The development will be called Pinecrest Mountain Village.

    Commissioners pulled the request from the consent agenda to discuss concerns about trash and debris on the property, but Jeffco Planning and Zoning staff said everything had been resolved.

  • Investigation continues in fatal I-70 crash

    Authorities are still investigating the cause of Friday's fatal Interstate 70 crash where a 2-year-old girl died and three other people were injuried.

    Colorado State Patrol has confirmed that Sophia Maestas, 2, was in a car driven by her mother, 28-year-old Samatha Maestas of Westminster.

    According to Trooper Josh Lewis, CSP investigators believe Maestas was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, and charges are pending with the First Judicial District.

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  • Conifer bookstore celebrates Harry Potter's birthday

    Harry Potter has come a long way from celebrating his birthday alone at Number 4 Privet Drive. Now, he’s celebrating with eager readers – young and old – the world over, including at Conifer’s Page Turner Bookstore.

    On July 31, the store celebrated what would be the fictional character’s 38th birthday with an afternoon-long event that included various magical-themed activities. Attendees were able to make their own wands, compete in “Harry Potter” trivia, or try out butterbeer and pumpkin juice slushies.

  • Arraignment date set for Marshdale shooting suspect

    Jefferson County Court has found probable cause to continue forward with the case of an Evergreen man accused of shooting and killing his tenant on May 20.

    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth, who was a house tenant at the time.

    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.

  • Former legislative aide chosen as HD 25 GOP candidate

        Steve Szutenbach, a former longtime legislative aide to state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, has been selected by a GOP vacancy committee to replace state Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, as the Republican nominee for House District 25 on the November ballot.

  • Renovations underway at Mount Morrison CCC Camp

    Renovations are in progress at the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a place that provided work to young men during the Great Depression.

    The first phase of the project, which is set to be completed by fall, is part of Denver Mountain Parks’ goal to bring more people to the property and to create a historic preservation-focused campus.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office pursuing pair of grants

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office plans to pursue two grants — one of which will help with impaired driving enforcement and another to go towards its incident management team.

    The first is a mini-grant for $5,000 or less offered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The funds will help the Sheriff’s Office in impaired driving enforcement and will offer assistance as the department waits for funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are scheduled to come in around the first of October.

  • Several Jeffco Democrats endorsed by Obama

    Thirteen Colorado Democrats landed a coveted endorsement from former President Barack Obama last week.