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  • The 2000s: The decade brings change and growth, but the sense of community remains

    No matter what changes, the 285 Corridor will always feel like a close-knit community to Tony Buccelli and Jan Worthem, owners of JJ Madwell’s, an Italian restaurant in Conifer.

    The couple moved to the Conifer area in the mid-2000s. While the area has certainly grown since then, both appreciate that you’re still all but guaranteed to run into a neighbor while shopping at King Soopers or Safeway. And on any given night, Buccelli estimates knowing three-quarters of the customers dining at his restaurant.

  • Roberts pleads guilty to pair of felonies

    An Evergreen man has pleaded guilty to two felony counts after he attacked three people and then barricaded himself inside his home last December.
    David Charles Roberts, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, and  could face up to six years in prison.
    Roberts was charged with 20 counts, including three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault.

  • Evergreen man scheduled for jury trial

    An Evergreen man has been scheduled for a jury trial after he pleaded not guilty of shooting and killing his tenant on May 20.
    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth, who was a house tenant at the time.
    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Another fine mess

  • EMS eighth-grader on TV in ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’

    Zac Holman has climbed to the top. Literally.

    The Evergreen Middle School eighth-grader has aspirations and now a real opportunity to become a real American Ninja Warrior. No, Zac is not training with Mr. Miyagi to become the next Karate Kid.

    His American Ninja Warrior training is much different than that — but equally as cool.

  • Mountain Bowls fundraiser celebrates 10 years

    Every bowl on the table outside the banquet hall was connected to three sets of hands.

    The first were the hands of the person who made or painted the bowl; the second, the person who received it; and the last, the person who benefited from the exchange.

    On Oct. 16, the Mountain Resource Center hosted its 10th annual Mountain Bowls fundraiser, where attendees purchase a soup lunch or dinner and receive a donated bowl. The profits from the event go toward MRC services, such as the food pantry, financial coaching and veteran support.

  • The 1990s: The area saw tremendous growth since Fitzmaurice took the reins of the football program when CHS opened

    Growth.

    That’s how Larry Fitzmaurice, the only head football coach that Conifer High School has ever known, describes the changes that Conifer has seen since the 1990s, when he first joined the Lobo family.

    As a Littleton resident, “Fitz” noted that the biggest improvement the area saw since the mid-90s was something that directly affected him and the safety of all the residents in the area: the widening of U.S. 285.

  • Jeffco presents balanced budget

    Initial 2019 budget considerations in Jefferson County show a $586.2 million spending plan, a balanced budget that is some $30 million more than was approved for 2018.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park propose Elk Meadow reopening

    Although it has been more than a year since the county closed Elk Meadow Dog Off-Leash Area, Friends of Evergreen Dog Park and Jefferson County Open Space have yet to settle on a solution for a new park.

    In light of this, the nonprofit organization came before the Jeffco commissioners on Oct. 9 with a plan to reopen the dog park in its old location at Elk Meadow. During public comment, various members of the Evergreen-based group proposed changes that they believe would help mitigate some of the key issues surrounding the off-leash area’s closure.

  • Arraignment pushed for identity theft ring suspects

    The joint arraignment for seven people arrested for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area has been postponed.

    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 have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20

    • Matthew Lane, 42

    • Michael John Mancuso, 28