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  • 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.

  • O’Connor jury trial postponed

    The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a “mental condition evaluation,” according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Marshdale shooting suspect’s arraignment continued

    A man suspected of shooting his tenant at their Marshdale residence on May 20 has had his arraignment continued to October.
    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth.
    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.
    Claussen was scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 10, but it has been continued to 10 a.m. Oct. 22. This will be his first chance to enter a plea.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Second opinion sought

  • Aspen Park lots rezoned for mini-storage

    The Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of four lots in Aspen Park to allow for mini-storage.
    According to information provided at last week’s public hearing, three of the four lots that make up the 1.66-acre property located at 9529 Davis Ave. in Conifer were rezoned in 1993 to allow for self-storage. The applicant, Richard Larson, recently proposed rezoning all four lots to allow for self-storage under one official development plan.