Today's News

  • Building character: JCOS works with teens through Trails Stewardship Team

    The green hard hats and tan T-shirts moved in perfect rhythm as teenagers, aged 14 through 18, were swinging tools up and down on the hillside at Flying J Ranch.

    The group were members of Jeffco’s Trails Stewardship Team. And on June 19, in the second week of their employment, half the team worked to reclaim an unused trail in the Conifer park, while the other half helped create slash piles as part of the ongoing forestry project there.

  • Longtime members are Inter-Canyon Fire’s backbone

    First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.

  • Pine taxidermist has perfected the art of preserving animals

    The massive face of a grizzly bear greets those who enter Dean Hendrickson’s workshop.

    In the shop outside his home in Pine, you can find mountain lions, wolves, deer, badgers and more. But for Hendrickson, the journey to his current role as a taxidermist begins with an antelope.

    “When I was a little kid, my dad had an antelope in the house, and I always thought that was so cool,” Hendrickson said. “(It was) just something I always wanted to learn how to do. It’s just grown and expanded over the years.”

  • Rohrer: 007

    It’s the season for commencement addresses. I ran across this one given by Pierce Brosnan, also known as James Bond. Something about his ideas seemed to resonate. Here is part of what he told graduating Dickinson College students:

  • Romberg: Support for Proposition CC

    The various plots around TABOR continued to thicken last week as the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the amendment could be repealed in a single up or down vote and June revenue estimates suggested that state refunds would be much more significant than earlier believed.

    After the various landmines that TABOR author Douglas Bruce had imbedded in the amendment became obvious after TABOR passed in 1992, the legislature referred a constitutional amendment to Colorado voters limiting future constitutional amendments to a single subject.

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  • County briefs

    County moving toward adopting a fire code

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners will consider approving fire codes in an upcoming hearing.

  • CDOT briefs

    Kings Valley interchange project still in the works

    The interchange project at Kings Valley Road and U.S. 285 in Conifer is moving forward, but nothing is set in stone as of yet.

  • Fire briefs

    New equipment for Indian Hills Fire

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue will purchase a new ambulance thanks to a grant from the state.

    The fire protection district learned Friday that it received a $109.434.50 emergency medical and trauma services grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. For the state’s fiscal year 2020, approximately $7 million was available for improving and expanding Colorado’s emergency medical and trauma services system, according to information from the state.

  • Area students creating walkway mural under Highway 73

    Four hundred Evergreen artists will be creating a 140-foot long mural in the walkway under Highway 73 in downtown Evergreen.

    The artists — all of the students at Wilmot Elementary plus the kindergartners and first-graders at Bergen Meadow — will design and paint the Bear Creek Children’s Mural with a life-in-Evergreen theme.

    Art teacher Elisabeth Marcus and representatives from the Downtown Evergreen Economic District explained the plan to the Evergreen Park & Recreation board members on June 25, who enthusiastically endorsed it.