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  • 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.

  • Blue Creek residents oppose proposed event center

    Most of the 60 concerned neighbors who attended a community meeting about a proposed wedding venue/event center along Blue Creek Road strongly opposed the venture, saying they were concerned about traffic, noise, drainage issues, fire risks and light pollution.

    “We’re not saying: ‘Don’t come and live here.’ What you’re hearing is: ‘We like it the way it is,’” one man said.

  • Developers propose townhomes, commercial development near Evergreen's tennis bubble

    Residents near the tennis bubble in Evergreen said a new proposal to develop the land there was better than the last proposal, but it might not be good enough.

    Nearly 70 people attended a community meeting on May 1 to learn about the new plan, which would put a dozen townhomes on the east end of the eight-acre property, a refurbished tennis facility, and a three-story building with some retail including a restaurant with as many as 30 to 40 apartments above it.

  • RMAE on the upswing after a tumultuous period

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has turned a corner and is moving in a positive direction, according to school officials.

    The school, which was in turmoil during the fall semester of 2016, now is seeing enrollment growth and a positive school culture among parents, staff and students.

    “It’s been an extremely busy but amazing year for us as a school community,” said Amy Broxterman, president of the school’s board of directors. “We are doing well, and the future is extremely bright. … We are not in crisis mode.”

  • A not-so-hairy situation for EHS principal Brekke

    Evergreen High School principal Brandon Brekke did what he termed an “insignificant thing” — shaving his head — Friday night to honor those with significant illnesses.

    “It’s insignificant for me but a big deal for a good cause,” Brekke said before his head was shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research to end childhood cancer. “I couldn’t say no.”

  • Therapy labradoodles bring a calming presence during the school day at CCHS

    Clear Creek High School is going to the dogs — literally.

    Labradoodles Reiley and Cannon have become familiar sights in the halls of the school, and students have learned they are gentle companions who just want to hang out and be petted. They are trained therapy dogs, providing a calming effect on students and teachers.

    The canines belong to CCHS counselor Emma Phipps, who brings one of the pair to school each day. They hang out with her or in the therapy dog lounge with students who’ve been trained to be handlers.

  • Armed man who barricaded self believed to be found dead

    An armed man who barricaded himself in a home in the 12500 block of southbound U.S. 285 on Monday evening was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the house Tuesday morning, ending a 16-hour standoff with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Sketch released in Maggie Long murder investigation

        Five months after Maggie Long was found murdered at her family's home in Bailey, investigators have released a sketch of an individual they say was seen at the home the day she died. According to a flier released Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and circulated by the Park County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the individual is a light-complected male with short hair who may or may not have been driving an older model van or pickup truck.