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Local News

  • News briefs

    Renovations to Wulf pool

    could cost $900,000

    It will cost about $900,000 to renovate the Wulf Recreation Center pool so it will last another 15 to 20 years, a consultant told the Evergreen Park & Recreation District board on Jan. 22.

    An audit of the pool was done after voters rejected a bond in the November election that would have included $10 million to replace the pool, add four swim lanes and a hot tub, and renovate the locker rooms.

    The pool was built in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life.

  • Crime briefs

    Trial set for suspects in identity theft ring

    An April jury trial has been scheduled for two of the suspects accused of operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Of the eight, one suspect — Faith Knight — remains at large.

    The following individuals were arrested in connection with the case:

    • Jacob Westfall

  • Indian Hills Fire to establish public comment policy

    The Indian Hills Fire board doesn’t have a public comment policy in place, but it’s looking to change that.

    The board reviewed a new policy drafted by the fire protection district’s attorney during its Jan. 23 meeting and plans to vote on it next month.

  • Board of Adjustment nixes gun shop proposal

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment denied a proposal that would have allowed an Evergreen resident to operate a gunsmithing operation out of his home after listening to dozens of neighboring residents who opposed the request.

  • Talks of unionization, collective bargaining premature

    When Jefferson County consolidated its law enforcement agencies and fire departments into one central dispatching center, it expected growing pains.

    Jeffcom 911, the consolidated center housed at West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14, including the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and Indian Hills Fire Rescue. In doing so, it required dispatchers from different sized centers with varying cultures and protocols to join forces.

  • Bailey’s LifeBridge Food Pantry serves those in need

    Every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, cans, fresh produce, meat, dairy and bread line the walls of LifeBridge Food Pantry in Bailey, waiting for those in need to step inside.

    But the work begins long before customers arrive. Volunteers begin early Friday morning by driving down the hill to collect food from various grocery stores. Then they return to the food pantry to sort and stock the shelves. By late afternoon, they’re ready to serve.

  • Proposal for 275 homes met with opposition

    More than 100 Conifer residents packed Conifer High School on Monday night to protest a rezoning proposal that could bring 275 homes to 47 acres on Light Lane behind Safeway.

    Residents voiced concern about several issues, including water, fire and traffic. Not one of the speakers favored the development.

  • 3 suspects sought in Maggie Long case

    There are now at least three suspects in the murder of 17-year-old Maggie Long, according to new information released by the Park County Sheriff’s Office at a Jan. 28 press conference. 

    Newly-elected Sheriff Tom McGraw provided a wealth of new information on the case in an attempt to rekindle interest and ultimately receive new tips to help solve the homicide case. The press conference was conducted at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Lakewood.

  • Woman who caused I-70 Christmas Eve crash was intoxicated

    The 62-year-old woman believed to have caused the Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 70 near Genesee was intoxicated at the time, a recent autopsy report states.

    Cheri Goodard was driving eastbound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 254, when she overcorrected and her car went across the median. It struck Sancy Shaw's vehicle, which was going westbound. The two women died at the scene, and Shaw's 6-year-old daughter was airlifted to Denver's Children's Hospital in serious condition.

  • Church decommissions its 65-year-old organ

    It’s not often that a church decommissions a pipe organ, but that’s what happened at Church of the Transfiguration on Sunday.

    While the church’s pipe organ, which was installed in 1953, hasn’t been played for a couple years, it was time to give it a proper sendoff. The pipes will remain in the church, but the organ itself will be put into storage.

    “Everybody likes the pipes,” pastor Mike McManus said, “so we’ll keep them.”

    In 2017, a state-of-the-art organ was purchased and dedicated.