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  • EFPD to hold public hearing on 2018 budget amendment Monday

    The Evergreen fire board will hold a public hearing Monday morning regarding an amendment to the district’s 2018 budget. Exact details of the amendment have yet to be disclosed.

    The hearing will take place alongside board discussion of approving a final payment for a water tender, as well as formal approval of plans to put a “zero-ask” mill levy override question on the November ballot. There will also be an executive session wherein board members will discuss the acquisition or sale of land or property.

  • Motorcyclist injured in head-on collision on Highway 74

    A 21-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after a head-on collision with a vehicle on Highway 74 in Evergreen.

    A call about the accident came in at 3:51 p.m. Thursday. The accident shut down Highway 74 in the vicinity of Colorado Bear Creek Cabins.

    The motorcyclist had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Anthony Hospital, according to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol. The 34-year-old female driver of the vehicle wasn’t injured.

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  • Jeffco commissioners deny El Rancho rezoning

    The Jefferson County commissioners unanimously denied a proposal for 100 multifamily units near El Rancho after dozens of residents spoke against the project on Aug. 14.

    The discussion during the meeting was heated at times as residents expressed their concerns about the proposal and worried that the commissioners don’t understand or recognize Evergreen’s needs.

  • Jeffco joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

    Jefferson County is joining other Colorado jurisdictions in moving forward with litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids.

    According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others. Much like other counties in Colorado and other states and communities nationwide, Jeffco is concerned about the impact of opioid addiction.

  • Art gallery provides affordable art — with Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a backdrop

    It doesn’t take long for Jamie and Scott Jasper to explain how much they love Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It’s the place where they met and later got engaged.

    “Oh man, I love everything about it,” Jamie said. “ … Hearing the music outside, being with 10,000 people outside, that’s what I love about Red Rocks.”

  • Husband-wife pair opens running store at former Red Rocks wedding chapel

    A love for running brought Deb Spence and Ken Pliska together.

    Though the pair lived just a few miles apart in Colorado, they met while competing in the Boston Marathon. Not long after, they were married at the finish line of the race.

  • El Rancho shooting suspect’s arraignment continued

    An Alice man suspected of shooting at someone in the El Rancho area last March has had his arraignment continued to September.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, was scheduled for an arraignment on Aug. 13, but it was continued to 1 p.m. Sept. 27. He will be able to enter a plea at that time.

  • Mountain rescue museum being built at Alpine’s headquarters

    There is no museum or center in the United States that stores and preserves documents from mountain rescue teams. But, give it a few years, and there will be.

    Earlier this month, Alpine Rescue Team and other stakeholders broke ground on the Colorado Mountain Rescue History Center, which will be housed at Alpine Rescue’s headquarters in the El Rancho area.

    While Alpine Rescue is the driving force behind the center — a project that has been five years in the making — team members emphasized that it’ll be a Colorado museum.

  • Conifer grad Reggie Dickhoff is overcoming autism spectrum disorder now as a student at Rutgers law school

    Aug. 12 was a big day for Marshdale resident Reggie Dickhoff: Not only did he turn 24, but he moved into his dorm room at Rutgers University, where he will begin law school.

    Reggie, a 2012 Conifer High School graduate, still doesn’t know what area of law he’d like to practice, and he’s open to anything.