Local News

  • 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.


    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.

  • Wegener withdraws resignation from Park County Sheriff’s Office

    Nearly three weeks after confirming that he would step down from his post early, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener is withdrawing his resignation from the Park County Sheriff’s Office.

    In a memo released Monday morning, Wegener said he wants to ensure that his “personnel are taken care of” and will finish out the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2019. Wegener didn’t specify in the memo what factors led him to withdraw his resignation. He said that Undersheriff Dave Wohlers would also remain on staff through the end of 2018.

  • Lookout Mountain Road reopened after report of house shot at

    Authorities have reopened Lookout Mountain Road after being closed Monday morning to investigate a report of a suspect shooting at a house before ramming two Sheriff's Office vehicles during a pursuit.

    According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the Sheriff's Office received a call shortly after 9 a.m. from a homeowner in the 1200 block of Lookout Mountain Road who believed someone shot at their house.

    A deputy arrived at the scene, found a red GMC truck outside and went to contact the driver.