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  • 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.

  • Morrison voters agree with town board on disconnection, rezoning of Red Rocks Ranch

     In the first of two elections on the matter, Morrison voters chose not to repeal the town board’s decision on rezoning and disconnection of Red Rocks Ranch, a piece of property on the northeast corner of Morrison Road and C-470 just north of Bear Creek Lake Park.

    According to unofficial results from the Sept. 25 special election, 58 voted in favor of repealing the rezoning while 112 voted against it. Likewise, 55 voters voted in favor of repealing the board’s decision to disconnect the property and 115 voted against it.

  • Agencies honor first responders for work with seniors

    Several squad cars and ambulances were parked outside Augustana Elk Run on Sept. 19; thankfully it was for first responders to be honored and thanked for the work they do.

    The senior living facility’s staff members hosted a breakfast and invited every first-responder group they could think of, so everyone could get the thanks they deserve, according to Director of Marketing Kristina Sherwood.

    The thank-ers were staff from Elk Run, Life Care Center of Evergreen and Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, all of whom take care of senior citizens.

  • 10th annual recycling event a ‘win-win’ for community

    Vehicles were lined up from Evergreen Country Day School all the way to Evergreen Parkway in El Rancho several times Saturday as they waited to drop off hard-to-recycle items at the Mereth Meade Recycling Day.

    In its 10th year, the event draws more and more recyclers every year.

    “It amazes me that after all of the (recyclables) we’ve taken in each year, there’s still even more than comes in,” Larry Caine, immediate past president of Evergreen Rotary, said.