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  • On the Move: What are you waiting for?

    As a personal trainer, I’m mystified as to why so many people are willing to become unhealthier by the day. We have a population in the United States that continues to gain weight, eat poorly, exercise too little and are becoming less and less functional.

    By functional I mean people can’t move. Parents can’t play with their kids, which are memories of fun that will never happen. Grandparents can’t get on and off the floor to play with their grandkids. People can’t hike, ride bikes or ski anymore.

  • Inter-Canyon hires new employees with mill levy funds

    In keeping with the district’s strategic plan, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District hired two new staff members. 

  • Art, elevated: For Rachel Baer Henderson, art was a saving grace

    Rachel Baer Henderson likes to say her artistic journey began when she took her crayons to the wall of her childhood home.

    But despite her early experiments, the Conifer resident’s path to art wasn’t as clear-cut as one might think. She transitioned into art full-time 20 years ago after spending 10 years working in forensics. The work was interesting, but Henderson said she was ready for a change.

  • Hundreds gather at Clement Park to honor 20th anniversary of tragedy

    Sean Graves and Patrick Ireland weren’t friends before they met during rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.

  • Metro area exercised caution in canceling school

    In an unprecedented move, metro area school districts, including Jeffco and Platte Canyon, canceled school last Wednesday during a “massive manhunt” for an 18-year-old Florida woman who was believed at the time to be a potential threat to area schools.

  • Crime briefs

    Alberga sentenced to jail work release program, probation

    Daniel Alberga was sentenced to 10 months in a jail work release program, four years of probation and 96 hours of useful public service for his role in the beating and imprisoning of a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

  • Morrison purchases land that could be used for municipal center

    The town of Morrison has purchased an acre of land south of Highway 74 and east of Bear Creek Avenue that could be used for a new municipal center.

    The parcel, which cost the town $415,000, is owned by James Jones of Fort Collins and includes a small triangle of land across Highway 74 from the property. Although its purpose is not yet set in stone, the town has for months been looking for suitable places to build an upgraded municipal center that could house its town offices and courthouse.

  • Conifer Heights proposal denied

    Heather Roberts understands the extent of the issues the mountain area faces when it comes to water quality and supply and fire protection. Not only has the fourth-generation Conifer resident had a well run dry due to development, but she is the granddaughter of a former Elk Creek Fire chief.

  • Traffic snarled by the lake Thursday while Xcel replaced power pole

    Xcel Energy replaced a power pole on Thursday near the dam on Highway 73, blocking one lane and snarling traffic for most of the day.

    According to Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo, a driver hit the pole over the April 6 weekend and drove off. Someone else called Xcel on April 8 to report the damaged pole. The whole pole needed to be replaced.

    Xcel completed its portion of the work on Thursday, but CenturyLink and Comcast still must move their lines before the old pole can be removed. Aguayo was unsure when that work would be completed.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures

    Columbine High School doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. Then again, most schools in the country don’t.

    Main entrances often have cameras and intercoms to buzz in visitors, and a security desk sits just inside the door. Many now have school resource officers.

    John McDonald, the executive director of Jeffco Public Schools’ school safety department, recalled how seeing a police car in front of a school 20 years ago was a source of drama and concern for parents and students alike. Now, it’s a normal and sometimes welcome sight.