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Today's News

  • Midway House could become visitors center

    Though it’s dependent on the results of a feasibility study, the Midway House at Meyer Ranch is poised to become a welcome and information center for Conifer.

    The project, initiated by various Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce members, is meant to create a center to serve as a community resource and hub for information.

    “The goal is really … to work with (Jeffco) Open Space and use that as a tourist center, chamber office, community resource center type building,” said Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the chamber.

  • Community members share budget thoughts

    Of the many ways in which Jeffco Public Schools could budget its money, some community members believe the district should earmark more toward special education, safety and compensation.

    Nothing is certain until the governor’s office finalizes its budget, but Jeffco Public Schools expects to receive $22 million from the state, leaving $19.7 million for the district’s general fund after money is passed through to the charters, Colorado Preschool Program and innovation schools.

  • Projects supported through Innovation Acceleration Fund

    Without money from the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund, Evergreen High School physics teacher Brent Olyowski couldn’t have hosted the Great Mousetrap Weightlifting Challenge, in which Evergreen students competed to see whose homemade car could pull the most weight up an incline.

  • Seminars to provide education about child trafficking

    Two seminars on April 27 will not only bring awareness about child trafficking worldwide but also show attendees they can do something about it.

    “We have to make people aware,” said Dr. Jeff Brodsky, founder and president of Conifer-based JOY International. “Awareness is good, but awareness without action is apathy. … Everyone can do something.”

    Brodsky and other speakers will share stories about the fight against child trafficking and the sex trade.

  • 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.

  • ECDS to build athletic, performance center

    Evergreen Country Day School will construct an athletic and performance center that is scheduled to open by the end of 2020.

  • Arrest made in connection with Brinson's death

    An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson, a Littleton man who hadn’t been seen since January. 

    Blake Quinlan was being held in the Sherman County Jail in Texas on unrelated charges, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to Jeffco on Thursday and booked into the Jeffco Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. 

  • Alberga’s sentencing delayed a third time

    The sentencing hearing was postponed a third time for the second suspect accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer in September 2017.

    Daniel Alberga faces 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, two prior sentencing hearings were delayed while Alberga was screened for community corrections. He is now scheduled to be sentenced 8 a.m. April 18.

  • Two motorcycle accidents close northbound U.S. 285 Saturday afternoon

    Two accidents involving motorcycles on Saturday afternoon closed northbound U.S. 285 near South Turkey Creek Road. The highway has since reopened.

    The first accident, according to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, happened at 1 p.m. and involved only minor injuries, and the parties exchanged information.

  • Climber injured on Urban Alpine Crag

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Department helped rescue a climber from a rock wall along Deer Creek Canyon Road on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Dan Hatlestad, a department spokesman, a man climbing the Urban Alpine Crag fell about 30 feet and significantly injured a leg. The area is a flat wall on the north side of the road that is popular with climbers.

    Rescuers were able to get to him quickly, but because of the difficult terrain, the Alpine Rescue Team was called in to make a rope rescue, Hatlestad said. The man was transported to an area hospital.