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  • Vehicle fire closes U.S. 285

    A vehicle fire on Friday afternoon slowed traffic on southbound U.S. 285 between Highway 8 and Parmalee Gulch Road.

    The call came in at 2:21 p.m., according to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol. The fire has since been extinguished in a joint effort by Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and Indian Hills Fire Rescue.

    Dan Hatlestad with Inter-Canyon Fire did not know what caused the fire but said he was unaware of any injuries. However, information from CSP indicates southbound U.S. 285 remains closed at Morrison.  

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  • Indian Hills trying to fix water leak

    As of Tuesday, the Indian Hills Water District has yet to fully resolve a situation that resulted in the loss of 200,000 gallons of water from the district’s storage tanks.

    According to information provided by the district, the district detected a leak on Jan. 10. The water district reportedly located the leak, acquired the necessary permits and utility locates, and began excavating. After excavating three areas on Aztec Road, the district then reported that it could find no sign of leaking water.

  • Crime briefs

    Two men sentenced in 2017 Pine Junction bar fight
    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January 2018 were sentenced to prison on Friday.

  • West Metro trains for surface ice rescues

    A man yells for help from a hole in the ice on Bear Creek Lake. He’s clinging to the ice shelf; his body is cold; he cannot hoist himself out.

    This situation is one that the West Metro Fire Rescue dive team knows how to handle. In fact, it’s precisely what they train for.

  • County manager working to create understanding between vets and local governments

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.

  • Vets helping vets:

    In nearly two years as Jefferson County manager, Don Davis has made it his mission to bridge the gap between veterans and government workers.

    There’s a special understanding shared by veterans and a special set of skills that make most uniquely qualified for a position in local government. Davis, a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps, understands this better than most, and it’s this perspective that makes him effective in his role as county manager.

  • Area organizations lend a hand to furloughed federal employees

    As the government shutdown enters into its fourth week, local agencies are stepping up to provide help for furloughed federal employees in the mountain area.

    During a government shutdown, federal agencies must discontinue all non-essential discretionary functions until new funding legislation is passed and signed into law, according to information from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Because of this, some 800,000 government employees are without work and without a paycheck and a number of local entities are pitching in to help those in need.

  • Snow much fun: People of all ages enjoy sledding at Meyer Ranch

    Last Friday marked the first big snow of the season, and excitement was in the air the following day as people of all ages packed Meyer Ranch Park with sleds in hand.

    According to the National Weather Service, Conifer had approximately 11 inches of snow by Saturday morning. For many park goers, it was their first trip to the Meyer Ranch sledding hill this season. The parking lot was packed, and dozens trudged through the thick snow hoping for a day of cold weather fun.

  • Five years after a horrific accident, Kai Bianco is thriving as a kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary

    Kai Bianco is a typical 5-year-old: an outgoing, talkative, imaginative, happy kindergartner at Wilmot Elementary School who his teacher calls an ambassador for the class.

    “He is a gift to our classroom,” teacher Kristin Manley said of Kai, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old. “He greets everybody: kids, teachers, parents. He is the essence of friendship. He notices when kids are sad, and he takes the time to greet you, say “hi,” and remember things about you.”