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  • Through Faithfully K9, Conifer resident helps transform dogs into service animals

    John Jackson has trouble sleeping at night.

    As a Marine Corps veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder, he’s often plagued with nightmares. He’s used to waking up multiple times in a “vicious cycle” of distress.

    But that’s where Sierra comes in. His 5-year-old German shepherd service dog is trained to wake him up in the middle of the night if he’s having a nightmare. The dog will nudge Jackson in his chest and face until he rouses.

  • BIZBEAT: Aspen Park residents open traveling country store

    When Lauren Davis and Shane Skinner began searching for hobbies to share, they landed on something unique: pickles.

    Some four years ago, they began pickling in their Englewood apartment, and their PickleBear pickles were such a hit that they quickly turned into a business. Then Davis and Skinner moved to Aspen Park and decided they wanted to expand.

    “We thought it would be really cool to make a mobile country store to take to events,” Davis said. “And thus, The Pickle Patch was born.”

  • Maestas given work release, probation in accident that killed her daughter

    The Westminster mother who caused the August 2018 Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in the jail work release program followed by three years of probation.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges in June, including vehicular homicide-DUI and child abuse resulting in death, both class 3 felonies. Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the DA's Office, clarified that the work release and the probation will not be simultaneous.

  • Mother receives probation for I-70 crash that killed daughter

    A Westminster mother who caused the August 2018 Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in the Jeffco jail work release program as well as three years of probation.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges in June, including vehicular homicide-DUI and child abuse resulting in death, both class  3 felonies. Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the DA's Office, clarified that the work release and the probation sentences will not be served simultaneously.

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  • Part of Jeffco’s administration building closed due to water damage

    Jefferson County considers itself lucky.

    When water began pouring from a pipe on the first floor of the county building in Golden on Saturday morning, members of the facilities management team were already there for an unrelated project. Because of that, the water was turned off quickly, and Colorado Premier Restoration was on site in less than an hour.

    “Without them and the response that we got out of staff, the damage would have been so much more substantial,” said Rob Ross, assistant director of general services with Jeffco.

  • Proponents, opponents squabble over dog park proposal

    More than 75 people — both proponents and opponents — strongly expressed to the Evergreen Park & Recreation District board on July 23 their opinions of a proposal for an off-leash dog park in Marshdale.

    The proponents, many wearing Friends of Evergreen Dog Park T-shirts, said while the proposal was in its infancy, members of the dog park group were EPRD taxpayers, dog parks are a form of recreation, and the EPRD board should support the proposal to provide recreational opportunities for another segment of the area’s population.

  • SRC President: No plans to end services despite downsizing

    Despite downsizing the staff at the Seniors’ Resource Center site in Evergreen, there is no plan to end services for seniors there, according to SRC President Chris Lynn.

    “No, not the case, not even close,” Lynn said in response to a question about whether the Evergreen SRC — known as the Yellow House on Highway 73 — would be closing.

  • Work continues to create an Evergreen Local Improvement District

    It’s been a year since the county and Evergreen residents formally talked about creating a local improvement district, but work on the proposal continues. 

  • Elevation Celebration draws a crowd for music, community fun

    Before the rain fell and a stunning rainbow made an appearance, the sun beamed down on the Elevation Celebration and community members danced through the streets.

    The two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday, now in its seventh year, is a fun way to bring the community and local businesses together.