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  • Off-duty firefighter saves boy in Pine fire

    Off-duty Platte Canyon Fire Protection District firefighter Kyle Chavez was standing in the kitchen of his Pine Junction home on Feb. 18 when he noticed smoke billowing out of a nearby home.

    “I ran over to their property, knocked on doors and windows,” Chavez recalled in a phone interview. “Finally, a lady answered and was pretty panicked. I heard a kid screaming in the back room, ran in and grabbed him.”

  • Fresh snow makes for a fun 285 WinterFest

    With a fresh blanket of snow and a clear, blue sky, Saturday proved to be the perfect day to celebrate winter.

    And what better way to do so than a community tubing competition? Dozens filled Meyer Ranch Park for an adrenaline-packed start to 285 WinterFest.

    “That was awesome,” said Pine Junction resident Jackie Gibson as she made it to the bottom of the Meyer Ranch tubing hill. It was her third time attending the event.

    “We love it,” she said.

  • Jeffco deputies searching for missing man near Tiny Town

    The search for a missing Bailey resident led the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to Tiny Town on Friday. 

    According to Dionne Waugh, spokeswoman with Jeffco, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that 26-year-old Jacob Paddock-Weeks might be in the area, but the search has thus far been unsuccessful. Dogs and a drone were in Tiny Town looking for the man, who has been missing since Feb. 2 when he crashed his Dodge Ram into the guardrail at U.S. 285 and Parmalee Gulch Road and left the scene of the accident. 

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  • Echo Mountain’s tubing hill sees successful opening weeks

    Say goodbye to ol’ Rosebud because inner tubes are the new way to move down snowy hillsides.

    Squaw Pass Road’s Echo Mountain Lodge is now giving both locals and visitors alike a new way to shred powder on its tubing hill, which opened Jan. 30.

    In its first two weeks, tubing received a lot of interest among both group bookings and private-event bookings, and dozens of guests have slid down the hill already, Guest Services Manager Paula Vogel said.

  • State of the Arts: 'Little Shop of Horrors' combines horror, comedy at CHS

    “Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical that incorporates a bit of horror, a bit of comedy, a bit of ‘60s doo-wop music — and the show comes to life this weekend at Conifer High School.

    “Jo (Gerlick, the show’s director) picked the show because we have a good group of kids that can handle the material,” according to CHS choral music teacher Camille Brightsmith. “It’s a musical with pretty difficult singing. To do a show like that, you must have a group of strong singers.”

  • Hemp Way Foods hoping to bring its food to every household

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about CBD and hemp, and foothills residents who use it.

    An award-winning food company is right in our foothills backyard.

    Hemp Way Foods continues to win awards for its hemp burgers and crumbles, and owner Carla Boyd hopes to bring her food to stores regionally and eventually nationwide. She expects to be in Natural Grocers by March, and she is looking for an investor to help her take her company to the next level.

  • Evergreen couple start group to be social, pick up litter

    An Evergreen couple are starting a group to get people outside — and to clean things up.

    It’s called the Anti-Litter Social Club, and its first meeting will be at 11 a.m. March 24 starting at Baskin-Robbins in downtown Evergreen. At the first meeting, the group will pick up whatever they find in downtown Evergreen, along Bear Creek and around the lake.

    They hope they can get a local establishment to host a happy hour at around 2 p.m., when litter pickup will end.

  • BizBeat: A Buck or More Dollar Store strives to be a ‘one-stop shop’

    After making regular trips down the hill to visit various dollar stores, Bailey residents Randy and Tammi Headley decided to bring one to Conifer.

    A Buck or More Dollar Store, which will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday during WinterFest, offers everything from camping and fishing gear to toys, toiletries, food, office supplies and more. Most of the merchandise — but not everything — costs $1.

  • South Jeffco detox office receives nod from Planning Commission

    Despite opposition from the community, the Jeffco Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a rezoning proposal that could bring a detoxification center to South Jeffco.

    If approved by the Board of County Commissioners, the proposal would amend the planned development zoning to allow for up to seven beds in an overnight detoxification center at 5920 S. Estes St.