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  • Suzi and Billy Badrena work together designing, creating jewelry

    Suzi and Billy Badrena could be considered a Renaissance couple.

    In their 50 years of marriage, they’ve worked together breeding and showing horses; selling graphic arts; operating a bar, antique store and a bootery; and working as street artists in San Francisco, and as tile and mosaic artists. Now they have returned to designing and creating jewelry.

    The couple are a team in every sense of the word, and now with Esperanza Jewelers, the magic happens on their 46-acre Conifer ranch.

    Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind.

  • Revelers take to Evergreen Lake for annual Skate the Lake festivities

    A throng of revelers gathered at Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year during the 23rd annual Skate the Lake.

    Most of the 1,600 participants weren’t deterred by the frigid temperature, and they quickly donned skates and got on the ice. An ice sculpture heralded in 2019, and many stopped to take photos there. Fire pits were stationed around the rink, so participants could stop to warm up and roast marshmallows.

  • Christmas tree recycling begins

    Saturday’s weather couldn’t have been more perfect for Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability to collect both Christmas trees and Styrofoam for recycling.

    A steady stream of cars moved through the Evergreen Lutheran Church parking lot, while two Boy Scout volunteers threw trees onto a pile and EAS+Y volunteers bagged Styrofoam. By noon, nearly 100 trees had been collected for chipping by Lam Tree Service and a second load of Styrofoam was on its way to Golden for recycling.

  • High levels of uranium found in King-Murphy Elementary water

    The Clear Creek School District is providing bottled water for King-Murphy Elementary School students and staff after water test results found higher-than-normal levels of uranium and adjusted gross alpha.

    In a letter to parents, the district said the situation is not an emergency, but it is looking at ways to mitigate the radiation levels to keep students safe. In the meantime, it is also retesting the water to verify the results.

  • Early-morning fire guts Kittredge structure

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue made quick work out of an early-morning fire Monday that gutted a building near the intersection of Highway 74 and Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge.
    A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy spotted flames and called in the fire just before 5 a.m., according to Stacee Martin, spokeswoman with Evergreen Fire. The building, which Martin described as a low-story, multi-unit structure, was in the process of being renovated. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, but Martin predicted it was a total loss.

  • Jeffco inmate dies after being found unresponsive

    An inmate died Friday morning at the Jefferson County Jail after being discovered unresponsive on the floor during a routine check of his cell.  

    Philip Thomas, 34, was not responsive when he was found on the ground of his cell at 1 a.m. Jan. 4, according to a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Although detention deputies performed CPR and other lifesaving protocols, he was pronounced dead 50 minutes later. 

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  • Jeffco Schools overseeing transit survey

    Jeffco Public Schools is exploring district transportation, and in doing so, plans to examine ways to increase bus ridership in the district and to decrease the number of bus accidents and breakdowns.

    The district transportation department is conducting a survey among parents regarding bus ridership fees and more. The goal is to gauge interest and insight, and from there, the district will likely form focus groups to further delve into the issue. Depending on results, it may devise a plan to meet one or both of the transportation goals.

  • Local man sentenced for illegal outfitting

    An Evergreen man was sentenced to supervised probation and a court-ordered suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping-related activities in Colorado after a multi-year Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation into the man’s illegal hunting and outfitting activities.

  • The 2018 Year in Review