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  • Campfires permanently banned at Beaver Ranch

    Visitors to Beaver Ranch Park in Conifer will no longer be allowed to have campfires after the park’s board of directors voted in March to prohibit the festivity.

    According to Jill Deem, president of the Beaver Ranch Park board, the decision stemmed from concerns about wildfires and feedback from a Conifer Area Council community survey.

  • Armed man who died after barricading self is identified

    The armed man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in a home in the 12500 block of southbound U.S. 285 last week has been identified as 37-year-old Charles Moore by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Platte Canyon releases interim superintendent job description

    Platte Canyon Schools has formally released an official job description for an interim superintendent position, which the district seeks to fill prior to the July departure of outgoing superintendent Brenda Krage.

    According to the two-page job description, which is currently posted on the school district’s main webpage, Platte Canyon is seeking an experienced educator who meets certain soft-skill requirements as opposed to hard-skill requirements, such as a masters degree or minimum number of years of experience.

  • Krage to go on medical leave

    Brenda Krage, the outgoing superintendent of Platte Canyon Schools, will finish out the remainder of her contract on medical leave. Announced Monday night during the Platte Canyon school board’s regular meeting, Krage said the decision came after she and her family were “thrown a curve ball” regarding her health over the past month.

  • CCHS AP students create place settings, choose figures to join ‘The Dinner Party’

    A climber rescued from Clear Creek Canyon on May 5 is the most recent example of the growing collaboration between the Alpine Rescue Team and the Clear Creek Fire Authority.

    The man was extricated from The Catslab climbing area near Tunnel 5 and transported safely across Clear Creek on a high-line rope system operated by both agencies.

  • Learning about potential careers

    Evergreen High School seniors have learned that experience is the best way to find out about a possible career or to explore a passion.

    About 174 students used demonstrations, posters, presentations and a host of other methods to display what they learned through their capstone projects, and the possible career paths they studied were as diverse as the students’ interests: theater, 3-D animation, nursing, coaching, advertising, personal training, photography, marine biology, forensic science, real estate and veterinary medicine.

  • Retiring RMAE teachers worked well together

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is saying goodbye to its two second-grade teachers, who’ve been at the school almost since its inception.

    Karen Hines and Ann Hushen, who retire this month, are not only co-workers but good friends. They taught in neighboring classrooms for years, and this year, when there was only one second-grade class at the school, they decided to job share.

    Hines has been at RMAE since it opened in 2001, and Hushen joined the school in 2002. Back then, Hushen taught third grade and Hines taught second grade.

  • Bikes high, pedestrians low is proposed alternative for Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s proposed long-term solution for the Lake North Trail is to have a wider multi-use path where the current trail is and then build a natural surface path and boardwalk along the lake shore for pedestrians only.

    Since the trail first began failing two years ago, EPRD and other stakeholders have been researching both short- and long-term solutions. While there is a temporary fix in place, it’s not expected to last more than five years.

  • Longtime West Jeff kindergarten teacher retires

    It wouldn’t be unfair to compare West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergarten teacher Alicia Beabout to Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus.”

    She’s funny and creative; has unwavering energy and passion for teaching; and is always trying to find better ways for her students to learn both academics and how to be good people, Beabout’s co-workers describe.

    A staple of West Jeff’s kindergarten program for 23 years, Beabout will retire this month to spend more time hiking, fly-fishing and on other outdoor adventures.

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    Conservation Greenprint

    With the Denver metro area’s growth expected to continue growing at 2 percent a year, Jeffco Open Space has identified five big-picture key initiatives to continue addressing the challenges its parks have seen because of increasing growth. All of these initiatives are ongoing, and JCOS staff have already started on several of them.