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  • Sheriff's Calls

    The sound and the fury

  • News briefs

    Soldier Box donations being accepted
    It’s time again to start collecting donations for Soldier Boxes.
    The boxes, which are shipped to soldiers overseas during the holidays, are the pet project of Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. She’s on a mission to fill 250 boxes, which will provide travel-size toiletries and other items to 2,500 soldiers. Each box contains 10 of everything. Last year, the effort filled 227 boxes.

  • Long Brothers Garage has been a staple in Conifer for 101 years

    By Daniel Williams
    For the Courier

    To call Long Brothers Garage long in the tooth would be an understatement.
    The Conifer auto and engine repair shop at 12425 U.S. 285 is a fourth-generation local business that has been a community staple for 101 years. Since cars, trucks, tractors, lawnmowers and pretty much anything with an engine will inevitably break down, owner William Long hopes the shop will continue operating another 100 years.

  • Sichting sentenced to 10 months in assault, kidnapping case

    Wynn Ray Sichting, the Conifer man accused of beating and imprisoning his 21-year old nephew in a metal shipping container last year, was sentenced Thursday morning to 10 months in jail and four years probation after pleading guilty in August to one felony count of second-degree assault, one felony count of second-degree kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of theft.

    Sichting, who was originally slated to stand trial this month on more than a dozen felony counts associated with the case — including first-degree attempted murder — faced up to 12 years in prison.

  • Ballot initiative proponents show up in support of Jeffco Schools

    A slight drizzle and unexpected chill didn’t stop a number of teachers, parents, school board members and staff from putting feet to the pavement Friday afternoon in support of Jeffco Public Schools’ ballot initiatives 5A and 5B and Amendment 73.

  • Morrison noise ordinance outlines permitting process for amplified sound

    Morrison Town Board approved a new ordinance that outlines a permitting process for those who want to “amplify sound at a stationary source.”

    The ordinance will mostly affect Morrison residents who wish to have a party or event with amplified sound that exceeds what is currently allowed by the town’s noise regulations, according to Town Manager Kara Winters and Town Attorney Gerald Dahl. The ordinance outlines a process for receiving a permit to do so and is not for enforcement.

  • Officials cite work being done on justice center

    According to information presented in a Oct. 2 county commissioners meeting, there were 456 reported cases of felony domestic violence in 2017.

    That is a 28 percent increase since 2016.

    “We’ve got much more work to do,” said Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir regarding the statistics.

  • CFF awards grants for community wellness

    Over the past two years, the Community First Foundation awarded $1.75 million in grants to various Jefferson County organizations working to improve community wellness.

    According to its website, the Arvada-based nonprofit works to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County by helping donors and nonprofits join forces.

    “Investing in the health of Jefferson County is really important,” said Beth McConkey, director of communications with Community First.

  • News Briefs

    Soldier Box donations being accepted

    It’s time again to start collecting donations for Soldier Boxes.

    The boxes, which are shipped to soldiers overseas during the holidays, are the pet project of Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. She’s on a mission to fill 250 boxes, which will provide travel-size toiletries and other items to 2,500 soldiers. Each box contains 10 of everything. Last year, the effort filled 227 boxes.

  • Ultra-runner sacrifices success to help competitor

    Kindness can be found in unusual places.

    Steven Palmer of Evergreen, an ultra-runner, decided to stop while in the 96th mile of the 104-mile Run Rabbit Run ultra-marathon in Steamboat Springs in September to help another runner who had shin splints so bad that he couldn’t walk.

    Steven knew he probably wouldn’t make the next checkpoint to continue the race anyway — a requirement for ultra-marathons — but he decided to ensure that result by stopping to help, making sure the other racer got the medical attention he needed.