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  • Fire briefs

    Lightning strike takes out Inter-Canyon tower

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is working to replace its radio tower in Hilldale Pines after a direct lightning strike damaged it three weeks ago.

    “... It knocked the whole tower out. We lost our microwave. We lost PolyPhasers. … It just took everything out,” said Chief Skip Shirlaw during an Aug. 14 board meeting.

  • Jeffco schools, union reach accord

    Months after the Jeffco Board of Education adopted its budget, the district and the Jefferson County Education Association have reached an agreement on contract negotiations for educators’ pay and benefits. 

    Among other things, the agreement approves a 2.5 percent increase to each cell on the salary schedule, step and lane movement for existing employees, and additional longevity pay for employees who took a pay freeze during the recession.

  • Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

    A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

    Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

    He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

  • Dear Creek Canyon fire 100 percent contained

    Firefighters have contained a 20-acre fire in Deer Creek Canyon Park that began Thursday evening and called for evacuations of more than 300 homes. 

    Fire officials made the announcement around 1 p.m. Friday, although firefighters remain on-scene to take care of hot spots. There are no reported injuries and no structures lost because of the fire. 

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  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.

  • County kicks off budget discourse

    Budget talks are underway in Jefferson County.

    Currently, the county is proposing a base budget with revenues of $475.8 million and expenditures of $535.1 million. The proposed base is meant to “simply serve as a starting point or base from which subsequent requests and decisions will be made,” said Jeffco budget manager Dan Conway.

    Initial numbers are down from the 2019 approved budget of $586.4 million.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District to go for mill levy increase

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is putting an initiative on the ballot in the November election that could increase property taxes and offset some of the financial challenges the district has been facing.

  • County briefs

    County extending Partners in Energy program

    Jefferson County is extending its relationship with Xcel Energy through the Partners in Energy program.

    The initial agreement, approved in April 2017, expired last September. Because of the success of the Energy Action Plan, Xcel agreed to continue the partnership.

  • News briefs

    Arraignment set for Conifer man arrested in connection with shooting

    The 38-year-old man arrested July 9 in connection with an early morning shooting in the 25000 block of Snyder Avenue in Aspen Park will return to court in September for arraignment.

    Michael Kessler faces a felony charge of second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. During a disposition hearing on Aug. 8, a judge bound the case over to district court, and Kessler will enter a plea on Sept. 16.