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  • Equipment failure caused power outage for IREA customers in Conifer

    A New Year’s Day outage that left approximately 3,400 Conifer residents without power is the result of an equipment failure, according to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.
    It took nearly three hours to restore power to all of the homes affected by the power outage, which was first reported at 8:36 a.m. on Jan. 1.
    “We have to send a crew to the substation, diagnosing what exactly the issue was that tripped the entire circuit and get that up and running,” said Josh Liss, corporate affairs manager with IREA.

  • Driver pleads guilty in accident that killed 16-year-old Evergreen resident

    The driver of a silver Chevrolet Cavalier involved in a single-car rollover accident that killed 16-year-old Rachel Hern of Evergreen last January pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide.
    Daltyn Hollon, 21, was arrested in March 2018 after an investigation by the Colorado State Patrol that lasted more than a month. He will be sentenced on March 15.

  • Morrison approves annexation and rezoning for mayor’s property

    A 2-acre plot of land on 4th Street in Morrison will be annexed into the town limits and rezoned to allow for up to 10 single-family homes.
    The decision was unanimously approved Thursday by the Morrison Town Board.
    The property, purchased in 2013 by Mayor Sean Forey and his wife, Celeste, is just south of the Bear Creek Center nursing home and east of the town post office.
    While the land could technically fit up to 10 homes in accordance with the zoning, town planner Stephanie Stevens said it’s likely to have less.

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  • Suzi and Billy Badrena work together designing, creating jewelry

    Suzi and Billy Badrena could be considered a Renaissance couple.

    In their 50 years of marriage, they’ve worked together breeding and showing horses; selling graphic arts; operating a bar, antique store and a bootery; and working as street artists in San Francisco, and as tile and mosaic artists. Now they have returned to designing and creating jewelry.

    The couple are a team in every sense of the word, and now with Esperanza Jewelers, the magic happens on their 46-acre Conifer ranch.

    Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind.

  • Revelers take to Evergreen Lake for annual Skate the Lake festivities

    A throng of revelers gathered at Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year during the 23rd annual Skate the Lake.

    Most of the 1,600 participants weren’t deterred by the frigid temperature, and they quickly donned skates and got on the ice. An ice sculpture heralded in 2019, and many stopped to take photos there. Fire pits were stationed around the rink, so participants could stop to warm up and roast marshmallows.

  • Christmas tree recycling begins

    Saturday’s weather couldn’t have been more perfect for Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability to collect both Christmas trees and Styrofoam for recycling.

    A steady stream of cars moved through the Evergreen Lutheran Church parking lot, while two Boy Scout volunteers threw trees onto a pile and EAS+Y volunteers bagged Styrofoam. By noon, nearly 100 trees had been collected for chipping by Lam Tree Service and a second load of Styrofoam was on its way to Golden for recycling.

  • High levels of uranium found in King-Murphy Elementary water

    The Clear Creek School District is providing bottled water for King-Murphy Elementary School students and staff after water test results found higher-than-normal levels of uranium and adjusted gross alpha.

    In a letter to parents, the district said the situation is not an emergency, but it is looking at ways to mitigate the radiation levels to keep students safe. In the meantime, it is also retesting the water to verify the results.

  • Early-morning fire guts Kittredge structure

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue made quick work out of an early-morning fire Monday that gutted a building near the intersection of Highway 74 and Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge.
    A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy spotted flames and called in the fire just before 5 a.m., according to Stacee Martin, spokeswoman with Evergreen Fire. The building, which Martin described as a low-story, multi-unit structure, was in the process of being renovated. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, but Martin predicted it was a total loss.

  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found unresponsive

    An inmate died Friday morning at the Jefferson County Jail after being discovered unresponsive on the floor during a routine check of his cell.  

    Philip Thomas, 34, was not responsive when he was found on the ground of his cell at 1 a.m. Jan. 4, according to a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Although detention deputies performed CPR and other lifesaving protocols, he was pronounced dead 50 minutes later.