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  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Unofficial results favoring incumbents at Evergreen Metro, EFPD

    Unofficial results Tuesday night had three incumbents — John Ellis, James Viellenave and Stephen Bond — retaining their seats on the Evergreen Metropolitan District board of directors.

    As of 9 p.m., Ellis has received 25 votes, Viellenave 22 and Bond 18. Challenger James Steven Beck had received 13 votes.

    Evergreen Metro also asked residents whether they would approve consolidating with the Upper Bear Creek Water & Sanitation District. Early returns were in favor of consolidation by a 27-4 count.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Outdoor Lab schools land thousands in donations

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Lab Schools were recently the recipients of more than $400,000 in donations from the Outdoor Lab Foundation meant for the construction and upkeep of permanent greenhouse-classrooms at both Windy Peak Outdoor Lab in Bailey and Mount Evans Outdoor Lab in Evergreen.

  • Bill to prohibit teacher strikes pulled

    A bill that sought to prohibit teacher strikes in Colorado and punish participants with jail time and fines was lost in committee on April 30 after primary sponsor state Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, withdrew the bill on grounds that there wasn’t enough time left in the session to debate the issue properly.

  • Jefferson Conservation District cancels election

    The Jefferson Conservation District has canceled its May 8 election after it received no self-nomination forms and the number of other candidates did not exceed to number of board seats to be filled. According to Emily M. Zeller, district manager, board members Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman will retain their seats for another four years.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter at @decriture.

  • U.S. Forest Service considering prescribed burn near Bailey

    A 300-acre prescribed burn in Bailey’s Harris Park area is under consideration by the U.S. Forest Service for later this month.

    Discussed at a public meeting April 30, the burn could potentially take place sometime in May if the weather conditions are right. According to Joe Sean Kennedy, district fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service, the prescribed burn would be conducted in conjunction with the Platte Canyon Fire Department and would involve an area surrounded by the Harris Park “loop road” adjacent to the Harris Park Shooting Range.

  • West Jeff eighth-graders re-enact Ellis Island immigration

     West Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders transformed into the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of 1892, yearning to cross the threshold of the United States and breathe free.

  • Bergen Valley fifth-graders enjoy inaugural Comic Con

    Supergirl and Harley Quinn sat next to each other in the cafeteria, playing bingo. Joining them were a couple of First Order Stormtroopers, Black Panther, Thor and other caped crusaders.

    Each of them was eagerly waiting to hear which superhero their teacher, Alice in Wonderland, would call out next in the hopes that they would win Superhero Bingo.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office dedicating unit to family crimes

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, in addition to increased response from its victim advocates, has established a Family Crimes Unit.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader presented the first-quarter 2018 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ May 1 hearing, stating that the unit became fully functional in January. It has four investigators and a sergeant dedicated to handling crimes involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault by a family member or acquaintance, human trafficking and elder abuse.

  • Are you and your neighbors prepared for wildfires?

    The Evergreen/Conifer area is due for a burn, historically, conjectured Paul Amundson of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. And the more mountain residents are prepared, the more it will pay in dividends down the road, he said.

    To that end, local businesspeople and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with fire mitigation and safety experts to host the Community Wildfire Preparedness Summit on May 2 at Hiwan Golf Club. More than 80 people, many representing their Homeowners Associations, attended.