Local News

  • Commissioners deny El Rancho proposal

    After nearly four hours of discussion Tuesday morning, the Jefferson County commissioners unanimously denied a proposal that would have allowed 100 multifamily units in El Rancho.
    The developers wanted to amend the Planned Development zoning for seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads.
    The Planning Commission had voted 4-3 to recommend the request for the development, which was to be called the Village at Elk Rest Meadows.

  • Indian Hills Fire moves forward with ballot question

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue plans to put a question on the November ballot in an effort to protect itself from the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    The amendment, enacted in 1982, limits growth in residential property tax rates. Much like other mountain-area fire departments, Indian Hills is forced to take a hard look at the financial implications of the Gallagher Amendment considering property taxes are a primary source of funding for the district.

  • Inter-Canyon schedules special meeting

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District will hold a special meeting Aug. 24 to officially decide whether to go for a ballot initiative in the November election.

    The fire protection district, which serves approximately 8,000 residents in a 52-square mile boundary, has been eyeing possibilities since the end of last year when it hired Denver-based political consulting firm Turn Corps.

  • Assessment evaluates health concerns, successes

    Mental-health treatment, food insecurity, housing, and alcohol and substance abuse are some of the top health concerns in Jefferson County, according to a recently published community health needs assessment.

    The study also says access to recreation, healthy sexual behaviors, safe food, healthy eating and breastfeeding are some of Jeffco’s strengths.

    In addition, those involved say the county’s strength lies in the community’s concern.

  • Morrison to vote twice on Red Rocks Ranch

    In addition to the Nov. 6 general election, Morrison will also hold a special election on Sept. 25 to ask its electorate two separate questions about Red Rocks Ranch, a piece of property at the northeast corner of Morrison Road and C-470.

  • Local artist Warsinske featured at Mirada Fine Art

    The work of Evergreen painter Melanie Warsinske and Montana sculptor Joe Boddy is on display at Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills.

    Gallery owner Steve Sonnen said he loved the idea of pairing Warsinske’s work with Boddy’s sculptures.

  • Kids get rodeo experience at Little Britches event

    Kids from seven states came to Evergreen last weekend for the Little Britches Rodeo, one of a series across the country for young people serious about rodeo events.

    The Evergreen, Clear Creek and Central City Elks lodges sponsored the rodeo, and this is the sixth year it has been at the Evergreen Rodeo grounds.

  • 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.”