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  • Charges still pending in I-70 crash that killed 2-year old

    Charges are still pending in the case of an August crash on Interstate 70 that killed a 2-year old girl and injured three others.

    According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office, the DA is still waiting for the Colorado State Patrol to present its investigative findings in the case and has yet to decide about filing charges against Samantha Maestas, 28, of Westminster, the driver believed to have caused the accident.

  • Suspect in El Rancho armed robbery still at large

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a male suspect who held up an Evergreen dry cleaning employee at knifepoint a week and a half ago.

    The suspect, who was described as a white male in his 30s, wearing raggedy camouflage clothing, possibly a tan shirt, a black bandana and a black hat, is believed to have entered a drying cleaning business in the 1000 block of El Rancho Road around 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, threatened the clerk with a knife and then left — possibly with cash.

  • Residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Burgett named interim fire chief at Platte Canyon Fire

    Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon’s longtime assistant fire chief, has been named interim fire chief after the retirement of Mark Wesseldine in July.

    Confirmed at the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting last month, Burgett’s appointment comes after more than 20 years with the department.

  • Three Jeffco Republicans win endorsement from Liberty Caucus

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has endorsed three Republican candidates running for office in Jefferson County: incumbent state Sen. Tim Neville, who is running for re-election in Senate District 16; Christine Jensen, who is running to replace state Rep. Cheri Jahn, I-Wheat Ridge, in Senate District 20; and Tony Sanchez, who is running to replace state Sen. Andy Kerr in Senate District 22.

  • Teachers union endorses Amendment 73, Jeffco bond/mill package

    The Jefferson County Education Association has publicly announced its support for Jeffco Public Schools’ bond and mill package, as well as Amendment 73 — a statewide constitutional amendment that calls for raising income taxes on those whose annual income exceeds $150,000, raising the corporate tax rate, and changing how property taxes are assessed for schools in an effort to generate $1.6 billion in school funding annually.

  • Games, music, food — Canyonfest has everything for families

    The Shatek family — who moved to Kittredge six weeks ago — quickly learned on Saturday what the town is all about.

    They attended the 30th annual Canyonfest in Kittredge Community Park, and immensely enjoyed the games for kids and the live music for adults. Mom Andrea Shatek brought Sammy, 5, to the face painting tent.

    “We normally play at this park,” Andrea said. “This is really cute. It’s a nice thing to donate to and enjoy.”

  • 3 named to Women in Business Hall of Fame

    Three women business leaders in Evergreen were inducted into the inaugural Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday.

    They are: Peggy Eggers, president of the Center for the Arts Evergreen board of directors; Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn; and Kristin Witt, publisher of Evergreen Newspapers.

    The three were inducted during the annual Women in Business luncheon and chosen from 10 nominees who are high-powered businesswomen in the Evergreen/Conifer area.

  • ‘Funny Girl’ opens at Center Stage

    Whether it’s the song “People Who Need People” or “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” the music of “Funny Girl” is so iconic — and it easily gets stuck in your head.

    Ovation West Musical Theatre is presenting the show through Oct. 7 at Center Stage, with Colleen Lee portraying Fanny Brice. The story is based on the life of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice, her start in vaudeville and burlesque, her romance with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein, and her success on stage and in film.

    Lee called Brice fascinating.

  • Artists visit Jeffco Parks to create auctioned-off work

    Sept. 12 was a gorgeous day to be outdoors — and painting.

    PLAN Jeffco conducted its In Plein Sight plein-air event at Jeffco parks last week — and 25 area artists gathered with their easels, brushes and palette knives to recreate nature’s beauty.

    The event is a fundraiser for PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation in the county. Last week, the artists — both local and from out-of-state — visited five Jeffco Parks, most near Evergreen, to create works that were auctioned to benefit the nonprofit.