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Today's News

  • Bill to prohibit teacher strikes pulled

    A bill that sought to prohibit teacher strikes in Colorado and punish participants with jail time and fines was lost in committee on April 30 after primary sponsor state Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, withdrew the bill on grounds that there wasn’t enough time left in the session to debate the issue properly.

  • Are you and your neighbors prepared for wildfires?

    The Evergreen/Conifer area is due for a burn, historically, conjectured Paul Amundson of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. And the more mountain residents are prepared, the more it will pay in dividends down the road, he said.

    To that end, local businesspeople and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with fire mitigation and safety experts to host the Community Wildfire Preparedness Summit on May 2 at Hiwan Golf Club. More than 80 people, many representing their Homeowners Associations, attended.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Outdoor Lab schools land thousands in donations

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Lab Schools were recently the recipients of more than $400,000 in donations from the Outdoor Lab Foundation meant for the construction and upkeep of permanent greenhouse-classrooms at both Windy Peak Outdoor Lab in Bailey and Mount Evans Outdoor Lab in Evergreen.

  • Bergen Valley fifth-graders enjoy inaugural Comic Con

    Supergirl and Harley Quinn sat next to each other in the cafeteria, playing bingo. Joining them were a couple of First Order Stormtroopers, Black Panther, Thor and other caped crusaders.

    Each of them was eagerly waiting to hear which superhero their teacher, Alice in Wonderland, would call out next in the hopes that they would win Superhero Bingo.

  • RMAE on the upswing after a tumultuous period

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has turned a corner and is moving in a positive direction, according to school officials.

    The school, which was in turmoil during the fall semester of 2016, now is seeing enrollment growth and a positive school culture among parents, staff and students.

    “It’s been an extremely busy but amazing year for us as a school community,” said Amy Broxterman, president of the school’s board of directors. “We are doing well, and the future is extremely bright. … We are not in crisis mode.”

  • West Jeff eighth-graders re-enact Ellis Island immigration

     West Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders transformed into the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of 1892, yearning to cross the threshold of the United States and breathe free.

  • Developers propose townhomes, commercial development near Evergreen's tennis bubble

    Residents near the tennis bubble in Evergreen said a new proposal to develop the land there was better than the last proposal, but it might not be good enough.

    Nearly 70 people attended a community meeting on May 1 to learn about the new plan, which would put a dozen townhomes on the east end of the eight-acre property, a refurbished tennis facility, and a three-story building with some retail including a restaurant with as many as 30 to 40 apartments above it.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office dedicating unit to family crimes

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, in addition to increased response from its victim advocates, has established a Family Crimes Unit.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader presented the first-quarter 2018 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ May 1 hearing, stating that the unit became fully functional in January. It has four investigators and a sergeant dedicated to handling crimes involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault by a family member or acquaintance, human trafficking and elder abuse.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    When you gotta’ go …

  • Investigators in Maggie Long case say family home was targeted

     Nearly six months after 17-year-old Maggie Long was murdered at her family's home in Bailey, investigators are finally sharing more information about the case — specifically saying that the Long family home was targeted and that Long's murder was not part of a pattern of crimes occurring in neighboring counties or elsewhere.