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  • County briefs

    County extending Partners in Energy program

    Jefferson County is extending its relationship with Xcel Energy through the Partners in Energy program.

    The initial agreement, approved in April 2017, expired last September. Because of the success of the Energy Action Plan, Xcel agreed to continue the partnership.

  • News briefs

    Arraignment set for Conifer man arrested in connection with shooting

    The 38-year-old man arrested July 9 in connection with an early morning shooting in the 25000 block of Snyder Avenue in Aspen Park will return to court in September for arraignment.

    Michael Kessler faces a felony charge of second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. During a disposition hearing on Aug. 8, a judge bound the case over to district court, and Kessler will enter a plea on Sept. 16.

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • 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.

  • Xcel developing wildfire mitigation program

    Xcel Energy is in the midst of developing a wildfire mitigation program.

    According to information from Xcel, the immediate priorities of the program include:

    • Mapping the HRFA (High Risk Fire Area) to identify areas of key risk;

    • Building resiliency into and making improvements to transmission and distribution systems;

    • Developing new operational guidelines for RFW (Red Flag Warning) conditions;

    • Hardening circuits;

  • Morrison survey results show divide between local residents, businesses

    Morrison residents are happy with just about everything but the traffic in town, according to the recently released results of a town survey conducted by Denver-based Corona Insights.

  • 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.