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  • Art gallery provides affordable art — with Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a backdrop

    It doesn’t take long for Jamie and Scott Jasper to explain how much they love Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It’s the place where they met and later got engaged.

    “Oh man, I love everything about it,” Jamie said. “ … Hearing the music outside, being with 10,000 people outside, that’s what I love about Red Rocks.”

  • Husband-wife pair opens running store at former Red Rocks wedding chapel

    A love for running brought Deb Spence and Ken Pliska together.

    Though the pair lived just a few miles apart in Colorado, they met while competing in the Boston Marathon. Not long after, they were married at the finish line of the race.

  • El Rancho shooting suspect’s arraignment continued

    An Alice man suspected of shooting at someone in the El Rancho area last March has had his arraignment continued to September.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, was scheduled for an arraignment on Aug. 13, but it was continued to 1 p.m. Sept. 27. He will be able to enter a plea at that time.

  • Mountain rescue museum being built at Alpine’s headquarters

    There is no museum or center in the United States that stores and preserves documents from mountain rescue teams. But, give it a few years, and there will be.

    Earlier this month, Alpine Rescue Team and other stakeholders broke ground on the Colorado Mountain Rescue History Center, which will be housed at Alpine Rescue’s headquarters in the El Rancho area.

    While Alpine Rescue is the driving force behind the center — a project that has been five years in the making — team members emphasized that it’ll be a Colorado museum.

  • Conifer grad Reggie Dickhoff is overcoming autism spectrum disorder now as a student at Rutgers law school

    Aug. 12 was a big day for Marshdale resident Reggie Dickhoff: Not only did he turn 24, but he moved into his dorm room at Rutgers University, where he will begin law school.

    Reggie, a 2012 Conifer High School graduate, still doesn’t know what area of law he’d like to practice, and he’s open to anything.

  • A perfect family event: Children descend on Buchanan Park for Kids Triathlon

    Nearly 200 children ages 5 to 13 descended on the Buchanan Park Rec Center on Sunday morning to swim, run and bike their way to fitness while having some fun.

    The kids, supported by their parents, siblings, grandparents and pets, participated in the ninth annual Kids Triathlon. They swam laps in the pool, ran around one of the Bergen ponds and biked through Bergen Park.

    Family members cheered, waved flags and signs, rang cowbells and took pictures. Many agreed it was a perfect family event.

  • New year awaits area pupils

    As the new school year gets underway, student and parents returning to Jeffco schools in Conifer and Evergreen will be greeted with a number of new things: new faces, new programs, new clubs and of course, new experiences.

    Looking ahead, here are some of the new things schools have been working on over the summer or plan to launch over the coming months.

    The Bergens

  • Heart in Hand Tattoo wants to leave its mark on Conifer

    Like so many of the tattoos he crafts for customers, Jimmy Vegas is more than just a man with a passion for ink. The owner of Conifer’s newest business — Heart in Hand Tattoo and Body Piercing — Vegas is quick to offer a smile or a funny story about his first tattoo or even gush about his son, Gabe, a freshman at Conifer High School this year.

  • FIRE BRIEFS

    New fire marshal hired

    Jim King, a fire prevention division chief from Lawrence, Kan., has been named the new fire marshal for Evergreen Fire/Rescue. King, who has served as the prevention division chief with the City of Lawrence for the past eight years, has 30 years of experience in the fire service and worked his way up through operations.

    King replaces EFR’s longtime fire marshal Frank Dearborn, who stepped down in January after 19 years with the department.

  • EFPD to seek ‘no-dollar ask’ mill levy override on ballot

    Voters in the Evergreen Fire Protection District can expect to see a property tax adjustment question from the fire district on their ballots this fall — but it won’t have a specific dollar amount attached.

    Discussed briefly at the fire board’s Aug. 14 meeting, the “no-dollar ask” will request permission from taxpayers to increase or decrease the district’s mill levy annually as needed — starting in 2020 — to offset revenue losses associated with the Gallagher Amendment.