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  • Rental scammers target local property

    An Evergreen couple is warning property owners and renters alike of a scam involving fake rental or home sale ads on Craigslist that use information and images pilfered from existing advertisements on real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia.

  • With TANF increase, Jeffco Human Services looks to find balance

    A new state rule requires Jefferson County Human Services to increase the amount of basic cash assistance it provides to families in need.

  • Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery working on adding a new meditation hall

    High on a hill alongside U.S. 285, blanketed in shade, is the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery.

    It’s a peaceful place, the perfect blend of Vietnamese architecture, Buddhist culture and Coloradan beauty. The birds chirp freely; the air is crisp; the trees are plentiful. This is exactly why Abbot Tinh Man chose the space.

    “It’s very peaceful. It’s very light. The energy’s very pure. ... Whenever I go somewhere and come back, I feel refreshed right away,” he said.

  • Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery working on adding a new meditation hall

    High on a hill alongside U.S. 285, blanketed in shade, is the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery.

    It’s a peaceful place, the perfect blend of Vietnamese architecture, Buddhist culture and Coloradan beauty. The birds chirp freely; the air is crisp; the trees are plentiful. This is exactly why Abbot Tinh Man chose the space.

    “It’s very peaceful. It’s very light. The energy’s very pure. ... Whenever I go somewhere and come back, I feel refreshed right away,” he said.

  • Lockouts lifted, but Jeffco continues search for man

    West Jefferson Elementary and Middle schools, as well as Conifer High School, have lifted lockouts that were in place while the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office searched for an individual with mental health issues.
    According to Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with Jeffco, the Sheriff's Office was looking for an individual who threatened suicide. He was unarmed but had threatened self harm, Fulton said.

  • Evergreen woman scheduled for arraignment

    An Evergreen woman who allegedly shot her husband is scheduled for arraignment at 8 a.m. Nov. 5, during which she may enter a plea.

    Julie Bird, 59, was arrested on July 5 after deputies found her husband with a gunshot wound to his back. Investigators believe Bird was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

    The husband was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

    Bird has been charged with attempted murder, third-degree assault and prohibited use of a firearm. Her bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

  • 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.”