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Today's News

  • Cadets learn about aviation, emergency response

    As the sun began its evening descent behind the Front Range, dozens of camouflaged cadets took to the lawn of Waterstone Community Church with radios in hand.

    The cadets, all members of the Dakota Ridge squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, spent much of Monday evening learning to communicate via radio in preparation for an upcoming event in which they’ll be assisting with parking and security. But that is just a fraction of what the group learns through CAP.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue at Evergreen Lake Saturday morning — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam, and a woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m. called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on their ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • News Briefs

    Fire guts Aspen Park home
    Firefighters from three mountain-area fire departments spent hours Friday night putting out a blaze that destroyed a home in Aspen Park.
    According to Elk Creek FIre Protection District, when firefighters arrived on scene at 25758 Rea Avenue, a few miles east of JJ Madwells, they found about 50 percent of the house on fire. The home eventually was a total loss, but there were no injuries.
    The call came in at 10:15 p.m. A cause is still under investigation.

  • Indian Hills Fire trains for mass casualty incident

    A cold, foggy morning made the perfect backdrop for a grim emergency rescue training exercise.

    The training, held Saturday in the field across Parmalee Gulch Road from Indian Hills Fire Rescue, was meant to simulate a mass casualty. There was a school bus, borrowed from Jeffco Public Schools, a group of “injured” Cub Scouts and neighborhood kids, a team of Indian Hills firefighters and paramedics, and dozens of parents watching.

  • Woman who had 'infatuation' with Columbine tragedy found dead at Echo Lake

    Schools in Jefferson County — and across the state — have returned to business as usual after last week’s credible threat that caused shelter-in-place protocols on April 16 and schools to be closed on April 17.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam. A woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m., called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • One injured in four-car pileup on I-70

    One driver was transported to the hospital Saturday morning after a four-car pileup on eastbound Interstate 70. 

    According to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, the call about the four-vehicle crash near Genesee came in at 8:23 a.m. While most were uninjured in the accident, the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck was transported to Lutheran Hospital due to bleeding from the head. The other cars involved were a 2017 Dodge Ram, a 2017 Audi SUV and a 2004 Toyota pickup truck, according to Alvarado.

  • Suspect charged with first-degree murder in Brinson's death

    The man arrested last week in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson has been charged with first-degree murder.

    Blake Alan Quinlan, 18, was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on April 4. He is being held without bond and will return to court for a May 6 hearing in which a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

  • Community voice: Informing the next generation

    Last month, at the state Capitol I heard testimony regarding HB19-1032, “The Youth Wellness Act.” The bill’s stated goal is to provide age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive, inclusive, positive (not punitive) and comprehensive educational resources to public schools that choose to offer sex education.

  • El Rancho meeting postponed

    An April 10 community meeting regarding a proposal to rezone property in El Rancho has been postponed due to inclement weather, according to Jeffco planner Justin Montgomery. 

    The proposal, initially denied by the county commissioners, is now being reheard because of a significant change to the application. Initially, the developers wanted to amend the planned development zoning on seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow 100 multifamily units. The applicant, PIII Swede Gulch LLC, is now proposing 65 units instead of the original 100.