Local News

  • Despite chilly weather, sixth annual Marmot Fest is a success

    A life-size marmot relaxed on a picnic table at Staunton State Park last weekend, taking a break from the craziness of the sixth annual Marmot Fest.

    “Our marmot is getting tired,” volunteer Elaine Rideout joked.

    Despite his fluffy costume, 8-year-old Cohen Thran, whose grandmother is longtime Staunton volunteer Annie Thran, said he prefers dogs to marmots. However, he and his sister Kai had a great time at Marmot Fest and helped the volunteers with several of the activities.

  • West Jeff assistant principal promoted after principal resigns

    Longtime West Jeff Middle School assistant principal Kim Halingstad will serve as interim principal next year after the current principal announced his resignation earlier this month.

    David Schoenhals, who was hired in July 2018, announced several weeks ago that he plans to return to Aurora Public Schools, where he spent 29 years working as a math teacher, math instructional coach, math instructional coordinator and principal of a K-8 school.

  • Art, Elevated: Conifer art teacher one step closer to her dream of a traveling art studio

    If anyone is living proof that you should never give up on a dream, it’s Krista Hines.

    For a decade, the Conifer art teacher dreamed of purchasing a yellow school bus and converting it into a traveling art studio. She began a nonprofit called School Bus Studio last November; now that she’s purchased a bus, she is one step closer to making it happen.

  • Residents voice concern, support for addiction recovery center

    A three-hour informational meeting on June 19 about an addiction recovery center primarily for veterans on Buffalo Park Road was a mixture of contentiousness and support.

    It ended with plans for quarterly community meetings, an advisory board to help the center continue communication with area residents and plans to create a stronger security strategy. However, some attendees left frustrated that they weren’t informed earlier about the plans and concerned that officials didn’t have answers to all of their questions.

  • News briefs

    Morrison to purchase hot water jetter

    The town of Morrison’s utilities department will spend about $72,000 to purchase a hot water sewer jetter.

    A jetter uses water pressure to clean and drain sewers. Before approval to purchase its own during a June 18 board meeting, the town was paying an outside company nearly $16,000 annually to clean the collection system, according to information from utilities director Fritz Fouts.

  • County briefs

    Jeffco to allow fire safety signs on county roads

    Jefferson County plans to allow fire safety signs in county rights-of-way after a request from Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Espiritu Alpacas is a haven for animals and people alike

    When Habib first came to Espiritu Alpacas, it took some time for him to settle in with the other animals.

    But in a month’s time, the alpaca frolicked freely without a care in the world save for the grass and grain he munched on.

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  • Two-car accident shuts down I-70

    A two-car accident closed westbound Interstate 70 near Genesee on Thursday. 

    A mini-van and Subaru Impreza caught fire in the accident, which happened just after 10 a.m. It is continuing to snarl traffic on the highway. Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol said initial reports indicated that there were no injuries, but a later report said there were possible injuries.

    I-70 is closed on the westbound side, and cars are being directed to exit at mile marker 256 and get back on the highway past the bridge at Genesee, Cutler said. 

  • Suspect arrested in ax attack

    A 46-year-old man was arrested on June 18 near Pine after allegedly injuring another man with an ax.

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:45 p.m. on June 18, deputies responded to a disturbance involving an ax at a campground in the 20600 block of Redskin Creek Road in Pine. Curtis Clark was ultimately arrested and booked into the Jeffco Jail on first-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault and felony menacing charges.