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  • Horsin’ around: Pleasant Park 4-H’s gymkhana lets riders practice skills, ride fast

    Horseback riders of all ages gathered at McKeever Arena in Conifer to both race and have a good time on Aug. 5.

    The Pleasant Park 4-H gymkhana for riders from 8 to adult hosts eight events — everything from barrel racing to pole bending, during which riders weave their horses through poles.

    Because this is not a full-fledged horse show, the competition is more relaxed, and it’s a chance for riders to train their horses.

    Thirty-six riders participated, primarily from Jefferson and Park counties.

  • Preliminary hearing set for woman charged with attempted murder

    The preliminary hearing for an Evergreen woman who allegedly shot her husband has been continued to 10 a.m. on Sept. 21.

    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.

  • Conifer cannabis company targeted in lawsuit

    A Conifer cannabis company that sells a variety of therapeutic hemp and cannabis extract products has been sued for alleged patent infringement by a Golden-based biotechnology company specializing in the “development of cannabis as medicine.”

  • School funding initiative makes ballot

    A ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding in Colorado by raising the state’s corporate tax rate and increasing incomes taxes for the wealthy has made it on the November ballot.

  • Jeffco hires new chief of communications

    Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has hired Tammy Schiff, his former colleague at Eagle County Schools, as the new chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools.

    In an e-mail exchange and phone call on Aug. 3, Glass said the decision to hire Schiff occurred in July and stemmed from a desire to round out the school district’s communications team — namely in terms of marketing, design, “impactful publications” and branding.

  • Jeffco Schools joins lawsuit over education bill

    Jeffco Public Schools, along with five other school districts and two education industry organizations, has filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two others over the passage earlier this year of legislation aimed at better meeting the needs of students in foster care.

  • Jeffco GOP labels Polis a ‘brown shirt’ in anti-Semitic Facebook post

    The Jefferson County Republican Party has joined an increasing number of people and groups employing Nazi references and/or anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack politicians and policies they dislike — this time targeting U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor.

  • Man found in Elk Meadow Park died by suicide

    Law enforcement officials conducting a death investigation at Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen have identified the victim as an adult male who died by suicide. According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the department is refraining from publicly identifying the man "out of respect for the family's privacy."

  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish 3/4-acre grass fire

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a grass fire that quickly grew to ¾ of an acre at around noon Saturday near the Evergreen Rodeo grounds, evidence that conditions in the area are ripe for wildfires.

    The fire, which was started accidentally, was put out by 25 firefighters and seven fire trucks in less than 30 minutes. The fire was within 20 feet of a home. Firefighters continued to monitor the area that afternoon and evening.

    The person who started the fire was cited with misdemeanor arson, according to the EFR Twitter feed.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning property behind Safeway for 70 homes

    Jefferson County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved rezoning property behind the Evergreen Safeway for 70 homes.

    The 12.5 acres that also runs north behind Valentine Seevers & Associates and Bank of the West was rezoned from Commercial 1 to Planned Development. The development will be called Pinecrest Mountain Village.

    Commissioners pulled the request from the consent agenda to discuss concerns about trash and debris on the property, but Jeffco Planning and Zoning staff said everything had been resolved.