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  • Mountain Air Ranch is a safe haven for Coloradan nudists

    On about 150 acres in the mountains of Jefferson County, people are learning to appreciate and celebrate their body exactly as it is.

    At Mountain Air Ranch, Colorado’s oldest nudist club, it doesn’t matter if you have scars, extra weight or a prosthetic limb. People would rather know who you are than critique what you look like.

    “The scars, the weight. We don’t see that,” said member Ellen Rice. “You see the person not the body.”

  • Alberga’s sentencing hearing postponed until March

    The sentencing hearing was postponed for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Alberga’s hearing on Monday was postponed while he is screened for community corrections. He is scheduled for sentencing March 7.

  • Park County hosts first town hall since Maggie Long’s murder in 2017

    It’s been more than a year since Maggie Long was murdered in Bailey, and the community is beginning to understand more about what happened to her.

    In a town hall held Jan. 29 at Fitzsimmons Middle School, newly elected Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw reiterated many of the points made a day earlier in a press conference at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Lakewood.

  • JCOS land exchange approved

    Dinosaur Ridge is moving one step closer to opening a new Visitor Center now that the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a land exchange between Jeffco Open Space and Stream Realty. The Visitor Center will eventually move to the south side of West Alameda Parkway.

  • Oliver is here to stay

    Oliver the horse sculpture has found his forever home in Evergreen thanks to the generosity of two donors.

    Oliver, sculpted by Jeff Best of Michigan of repurposed barbed wire, came to Evergreen last June and sits on the southeast corner of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard. Sculpture Evergreen, who brought Oliver here, has been on a mission since January to raise the $20,000 to keep Oliver in its permanent sculpture collection.

  • Former West Jeff family filing lawsuit against Jeffco Public Schools

    A former West Jefferson Middle School student and her father are suing Jeffco Public Schools for the district’s handling of the family’s anti-Semitism claims, which originally surfaced in early 2017.

    The case, initially filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver in December, also names the United States Department of Education and J. Aaron Romine, the regional director of the Office for Civil Rights, which enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom law and more, as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's searching for Walmart shoplifting suspects

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men accused of hitting a Clear Creek Sheriff’s deputy with their truck while the deputy tried to arrest them for shoplifting at the Evergreen Walmart.

  • Sixty kids embrace the outdoors through the Winter Jr. Rangers program

    By Alex Purcell
    For the Courier

    About 60 kids of all ages braved the wind to visit the Hiwan Homestead on Sunday, but not even the chilly weather could dampen the fun to be had at the Winter Jr. Rangers program.

    Hosted by Jeffco Open Space, the event was called “Winter Jr. Rangers: Then and Now.” It aimed to teach youngsters about the duties of modern-day park rangers compared to the tasks of their counterparts more than 100 years in the past.

  • Beth Foster: Evergreen woman is creativity in action

    I met Beth Foster through a synchronicity: I had received a call from my friend Sheralyn Austin-Gagne that she wanted to have coffee. That’s what we did.

    We brought each other up to date on our lives, and I told her I had written a book and had no idea of how to publish it. She, in turn, told me of a woman who had visited her at the Chamber of Commerce and left a business card. That person was Beth Foster, and, in her own words, she helped me “release my inner book,” which is currently for sale on Amazon.

  • Forum: Time to think about zero-waste recyling

    By Lachlan Hyatt, For the Courier

    Climate solutions should include a zero-waste recycling lifestyle, not just transportation and energy, an expert on recycling told participants at a forum on Thursday.