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Local News

  • Trail at Matthews/Winters designated bike-only

    Jeffco Open Space has announced it will be designating two trails in its system, including the Matthews/Winters’ Dakota Ridge Trail, as bike-only starting this summer.

    The pilot program will last approximately a year, and JCOS said it will help inform how to manage designated-use and multi-use trails.

  • CRIME BRIEFS

    Trial date set in Sichting, Alberga case

    An Oct. 22 trial date has been set in the case of Wynn Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year old man in Conifer last September.

    Sichting faces more than a dozen felony charges, including one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault in the second degree, menacing with a deadly weapon, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

  • Robinson highlights infrastructure, education
  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

    Several mountain area schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

    New principals:

    • Valerie Pollitt, Elk Creek Elementary School

    •David Schoenhals, West Jefferson Middle School

    Assistant principals:

    • Scarlet Chopin, Evergreen High School

    • Laura Nelson, Evergreen High School

    •Christian Ramaker (assistant principal/athletic director), Evergreen High School

  • A bird’s eye view

    Evergreen Audubon board member JoAnn Hackos has a quick finger.

    Hackos hit the send button on her computer immediately when the national Audubon Society began accepting applications to bring part of the organization’s best bird photos to Evergreen. Her quick finger paid off Thursday night when 13 of the top 100 photos from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards were displayed at Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    Evergreen Audubon is one of 500 groups in the United States.

  • Evergreen-raised songwriter, actor Odell dies

    Jackson Odell, a 20-year-old songwriter and actor formerly of Evergreen, was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

    The cause of death is still under investigation.
    Odell’s family released a statement on Twitter: “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well.”

  • Investigators in Long case interested in similar incident in Missouri

    Investigators in the Maggie Long homicide case are exploring possible connections between her murder and a similar incident that occurred in rural Missouri earlier this week.

    On Sunday, Vincent P. Rist, 22, and Antonio D. Bowen, 24, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a home in Centerview, Mo., where they allegedly bound and set a 20-year-old woman on fire after she refused to give them the combination to her gun safe.

  • Law enforcement on lookout for armed suspect in Conifer, nearby areas

    The Park County Sheriff's Office is looking for a possibly armed man who fled this morning from a traffic stop near Will O' the Wisp, just outside of Pine Junction.

    According to a Code Red emergency alert issued at 9:20 a.m., the man was wearing a maroon shirt, camouflage pants and a baseball cap, and may be armed and dangerous. While no other identifying information was released, Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers said the man has warrants out for his arrest and fled on foot. 

  • Tree catches fire in Mount Falcon Park

     A tree burned in Mount Falcon Park on Wednesday evening after lightning struck it.

    It did not take long to put out — Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson estimated about 15 minutes — but it did take some time to locate because it had just gotten dark. Carson said his team searched for the fire for more than an hour.

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue responded with Jeffco Open Space assisting in the search.

  • Small wildland fire in Bergen Peak Wilderness contained

    Firefighters have 100 percent contained a small wildland fire Thursday, which burned one-tenth of an acre in Bergen Peak Wilderness.

    Fourteen Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighters have been working the scene, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, which brought in a helicopter to perform 10 water bucket drops.

    EFR said it will be monitoring the area overnight and Friday.