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  • Evergreen Lake Plunge is back on

    Anyone ready to take the plunge — literally — will be able to do so at the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day.

    The event, which had been canceled by its longtime sponsor Drive Smart, has been revived, and it will be the fun, quirky event that has gotten plungers and spectators alike excited for the new year.

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    Residential development under construction on Highway 73

    Work has begun on the infrastructure for a new residential development at Highway 73 and Skyline Road.

    Called Skyline Ridge, the 20-acre property will have 26 homes in a gated community, and it will use water and sewer from the Evergreen Metropolitan District. In addition, natural gas lines and Comcast are being installed, according to Realtor Katherine Fleet with RE/MAX Alliance.

    The developer is Liam Cassidy with Cassidy Inc.

  • Jeffco investigating swastika painted on WJMS playground

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a swastika that was found painted on the playground at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Fear of heights

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    Bad company

  • Jeffco to test CodeRED system next week

    The Jefferson County emergency notification system will be tested beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 

    All landlines will receive a test notification as well as cell phones and emails that have registered with the CodeRED system. Because of the large number of notifications, county officials expect the test to take several hours.

    The system is used for Jeffco emergency service agencies, including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies, to share information with the public during emergencies.

  • Conifer’s Christmas Parade didn’t disappoint despite chilly weather

    The Christmas parade moving down Sutton Road in Conifer on Saturday afternoon was the epitome of a great small-town event.

    The parade, celebrating its 36th year, consisted of 35 entries from the Conifer High School marching band to local businesses to dignitaries such as Jefferson County Commissioner Tina Francone and area principals.

    This year’s theme was Candy Land — and entries took the theme to heart, handing out candy to kids and adults alike, and using candy and gingerbread houses on floats.

  • Ringing bells to help the community

    This time of year, families are ringing in the holidays — and the area Salvation Army units are ringing too — bell-ringing, that is.

    Volunteers in both Conifer and Evergreen are standing outside local businesses, ringing bells to ask people to put donations in the iconic red kettles. What many people don’t know is the Salvation Army puts 90 percent of everything raised back into the community where it was collected to help those in need.

  • SOTA: Children’s Chorale winter concert to be a scrumptious affair

    Music lovers will be able to eat, drink and be merry at the Evergreen Children’s Chorale’s winter concert of the same name.

    All of the songs are about food, drinks, and being joyful and merry, according to Kristin Currington, the chorale’s business manager.

    Songs will include “Green Eggs and Ham” from “Seussical the Musical,” “I Love to Laugh” from “Mary Poppins” and “Hot Chocolate” from “Polar Express.” In addition, the chorale will sing holiday classics.

  • Long's spirit lives on a year after her murder

    Maggie Long was magnetic.

    People were drawn to her positive attitude, her kind heart, her infectious smile — whether she was acting in a play at the Venue Theatre in Conifer, playing on the Platte Canyon High School softball team or working in one of her family’s Bailey businesses.

    “She was one hell of a kid,” said Bob Ikola, a longtime Bailey resident who coached Long on the Platte Canyon softball team.

    So, when the 17-year-old was found murdered in her home off County Road 43 in Bailey last December, the community crumbled.