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  • 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 November.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, was scheduled for an arraignment on Sept. 27, but it was continued to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. He will be able to enter a plea at that time.

  • The 1960s: Askelson family of Indian Hills reminisces about what the area was like 60 years ago

    Idyllic.

    That’s the term that best describes the foothills in the 1960s — when Arlie and Ardys Askelson adopted their sons, Erik and Kirk.

    The couple, who married in 1960, adopted the boys in 1962. The twins, now 56, are next door neighbors in Indian Hills with their parents living around the corner in a home they’ve lived in for 45 years.

    There’s nowhere they’d rather be.

    “It was a great place to grow up,” Erik said.

  • Providing for those in need is a labor of love for the 285 Corridor Angels

    “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

    — Humanitarian Albert Schweitzer

     

    Albert Schweitzer’s quote eloquently describes the 285 Corridor Angels — a group of nearly 700 people who use a Facebook page to help others in the area.

    Most of the group’s work is done around Christmastime, but it helps others throughout the year as needs arise. This year, the Angels are expanding their reach by helping both families and seniors.

  • Diving into the world of Potter: Author talks about what the popular book series taught her

    The characters and themes of the Harry Potter book series have been analyzed in a new book, and its author talked about her deep dive into the series Saturday night.

    “Harry is an ordinary kid,” Jill Kolongowski, author of “Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me,” told about 20 people at Page Turner Bookstore in Conifer. “Things happen that make him extraordinary. The books show that regular people can make a difference and do great things, and they can’t succeed without their friends.”

  • RidgeFest provides fun carnival atmosphere to end summer

    A festival on Saturday at Aspen Ridge Church celebrated family and community — and said goodbye to summer.

    RidgeFest, in its fifth year, is also a fundraiser for IdRaHaJe Christian Camp in Bailey.

    Families participated in games, took hayrides, decorated pumpkins, looked at vendor booths, had faces painted and ate lunch.

    Professional photographer Carrie Edwards took family portraits at a booth sponsored by the church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group.

  • Open Space looks for grants to improve Beaver Ranch

    Jefferson County Open Space is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant in hopes of working with the Beaver Ranch Community to make improvements at Beaver Ranch Park.
    The park, located off South Foxton Road in Conifer, was purchased in the early 2000s with Jeffco Open Space bond funds, according to parks director Tom Hoby.

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  • Alpine Rescue Team hosts third annual safety fair

    There’s always the possibility that something bad could happen for those who hike, bike, ski, climb, snowshoe and drive in the mountains, be it injuries, avalanches, animal attacks, storms, becoming lost, falls and so on.

    But, if and when something does happen, are locals prepared?

    The Alpine Rescue Team hopes so now, thanks to this weekend’s third annual Alpine Safety Fair.

  • Evergreen Lake bridge replacement on EPRD’s 2019 budget

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is again budgeting for the Lake House to be closed next fall, as it draws up its initial draft of its 2019 budget.

    The lake bridge replacement project, which was originally planned for 2015, has been continually pushed back, including in 2016 when stakeholders had to ensure the power lines near the bridge were moved. That, alone, took a year, according to Denver Mountain Parks.

    Last September, Denver, EPRD and other stakeholders were planning the bridge replacement to be in spring 2018 before it was again pushed back.

  • Open Space looks for grants to improve Beaver Ranch

    Jefferson County Open Space is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant in hopes of working with the Beaver Ranch Community to make improvements at Beaver Ranch Park.

    The park, located off South Foxton Road in Conifer, was purchased in the early 2000s with Jeffco Open Space bond funds, according to parks director Tom Hoby.