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  • Brooks Place Tavern in Conifer changes ownership

    The Brooks may be leaving their place in Conifer, but lovers of Brooks Place Tavern shouldn’t expect too much to change at the Aspen Park eatery.

    The restaurant, which prides itself on its tavern fare and impressive beer selection, has changed hands. Janice and Steve Brooks are retiring to Arizona, and Brooks Place officially has been taken over by Nicole Garcia and David Schaefer, lifelong mountain-area residents and longtime employees of Brooks Place.

  • FIRE BRIEFS

    Lightning strike takes out Inter-Canyon tower

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is working to replace its radio tower in Hilldale Pines after a direct lightning strike damaged it three weeks ago.

    “... It knocked the whole tower out. We lost our microwave. We lost PolyPhasers. … It just took everything out,” said Chief Skip Shirlaw during an Aug. 14 board meeting.

  • Jeffco schools, union reach accord

    Months after the Jeffco Board of Education adopted its budget, the district and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations for educators’ pay and benefits. 

    Among other things, the agreement approves a 2.5 percent increase to each cell on the salary schedule, step and lane movement for existing employees, and additional longevity pay for employees who took a pay freeze during the recession.

  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.

  • Romberg: Conservation easements need to remain in place

    About the worst tool out there for land preservation is the term conservation easement. Such an easement allows the owner of a property to be paid not to develop a property for a specific period of time that will expire at the end of the term.

    When I was a member of the Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, we were asked to consider such term easements. The vast majority of the Board, including me, believed it was a terrible idea. We concluded that such term easements did nothing more to pay someone for a relatively short period of time to delay development.

  • EPRD briefs

    Nexius asks to put cell-phone apparatus on Buchanan roof

    Nexius wants approval from the Evergreen Park & Recreation board to put an apparatus on the roof of the Buchanan Park Rec Center to improve cell phone service in Evergreen.

    Jaclyn Levine, site acquisitions manager with Nexius, told the board at its July 23 meeting that Nexius wanted to install three cupolas on the roof to improve AT&T service. The cupolas would fit in with the design of the building, so they wouldn’t be obtrusive.

  • Through Faithfully K9, Conifer resident helps transform dogs into service animals

    John Jackson has trouble sleeping at night.

    As a Marine Corps veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder, he’s often plagued with nightmares. He’s used to waking up multiple times in a “vicious cycle” of distress.

    But that’s where Sierra comes in. His 5-year-old German shepherd service dog is trained to wake him up in the middle of the night if he’s having a nightmare. The dog will nudge Jackson in his chest and face until he rouses.

  • BIZBEAT: Aspen Park residents open traveling country store

    When Lauren Davis and Shane Skinner began searching for hobbies to share, they landed on something unique: pickles.

    Some four years ago, they began pickling in their Englewood apartment, and their PickleBear pickles were such a hit that they quickly turned into a business. Then Davis and Skinner moved to Aspen Park and decided they wanted to expand.

    “We thought it would be really cool to make a mobile country store to take to events,” Davis said. “And thus, The Pickle Patch was born.”

  • Maestas given work release, probation in accident that killed her daughter

    The Westminster mother who caused the August 2018 Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in the jail work release program followed by three years of probation.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges in June, including vehicular homicide-DUI and child abuse resulting in death, both class 3 felonies. Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the DA's Office, clarified that the work release and the probation will not be simultaneous.