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  • Former Elk Run nurse pleads guilty to criminal impersonation

    A woman who worked for four months as an unlicensed nurse at Elk Run Assisted Living in Evergreen pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of criminal impersonation and unauthorized practice of nursing.

    Heather Lee Wood, 40, pleaded guilty on March 11. She returns to Jefferson County court for sentencing on April 22.

    Wood worked at Elk Run from June to October 2016. In addition to Elk Run, she also worked at a care facility in Glenwood Springs.

  • Repairs begin on U.S. 285 bridges

    Repairs to four bridges along U.S. 285 in Conifer will potentially help increase the life of the bridges but could slow traffic on the highway through the summer.

    The bridge work, which began Monday, includes repairs to the bridge surfaces and drainage in the medians, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Further, CDOT will be adding waterproof membranes to the structures to keep ice from forming and harming the concrete.

    The four bridges scheduled for repairs are located at:

    • South Turkey Creek Road

  • Work continues on affordable housing project in El Rancho

    Work continues on a 54-unit affordable housing complex in El Rancho.

    The development, which drew mixed reactions from the Evergreen community, is owned by the Jefferson County Housing Authority. It was initially expected to be completed by June, but JCHA executive director Lori Rosendahl said that’s now been pushed to early 2020.

    The foundation is being poured, but the snowy winter has slowed construction a bit.

  • Denial recommended on Hiwan Hills subdivision proposal

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously recommended denial on a proposal to rezone property in Evergreen’s Hiwan Hills neighborhood, a move met with cheers from the crowd who vehemently opposed the proposition.

  • Mountain Air considering improvements

    Mountain Air Ranch wants to amend its original development plan to modify the facility and potentially increase its number of rentals.

    The nudist resort, located on Mica Mine Gulch Road between Deer Creek Canyon Park and Inter-Canyon Fire Station 1, sits on approximately 150 acres with 10 miles of trails.

    Representatives from the resort at a community meeting on March 19 cited demographic changes, modernization and comfort as reasons for the proposed changes.

  • Art, elevated: Conifer resident is bringing an eco-conscious approach to candle making

    Tirzah Washington is spreading light in more ways than one.

    She’s always loved candles, admiring the way in which their warm light can fill a room and the way in which candles are used by so many different cultures.

    “Life just looks better by candlelight,” she said.

    But it didn’t take long after Washington began making candles herself to realize just how much wax is wasted.

  • Speaker: Seniors urged to protect their finances

    Cary Johnson wants senior citizens to keep their money in their pockets.

    Johnson, who runs the Communities Against Senior Exploitation program in the district attorney’s office, explained to seniors at the Seniors’ Resource Center that older adults are under siege from people trying to take their money.

  • Water restored in El Pinal after water main break

    Evergreen Metropolitan District workers spent three days fixing a water main break that kept water from a large part of the El Pinal subdivision.

    Residents in the area affected by the outage were advised to open a cold-water faucet in their homes and allow it to run for 10 to 15 minutes to clear residual dirty water and air from the lines.

    About 300 homes in El Pinal and businesses on Evergreen Parkway from Bryant Drive south to Bank of the West were affected.

  • Claussen found not guilty in death of tenant

    A Marshdale man has been found not guilty of killing his tenant on May 20, 2018.

    David Claussen, 47, was charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth, who was living with the Claussens in the 7700 block of Highway 73.

    He pleaded not guilty, and the jury trial started on March 18. Jury deliberations began on Friday morning, and the not-guilty verdict was announced Monday afternoon.

  • Water restored in El Pinal after water main break

    Evergreen Metropolitan District workers spent three days fixing a water main break that kept water from a large part of the El Pinal subdivision.

    Residents in the area affected by the outage were advised to open a cold-water faucet in their homes and allow it to run for 10 to 15 minutes to clear residual dirty water and air from the lines.

    About 300 homes in El Pinal and businesses on Evergreen Parkway from Bryant Drive south to Bank of the West were affected.