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Today's News

  • Husky girls win their own cross country invite

    Throughout much of last season, the Platte Canyon cross country team had a very small, yet talented, team.

    On Thursday at their own home course off of Rosalie Road at the Platte Canyon Husky Invitational, they flexed their muscles as the girls won their race and the boys finished third behind DSST: Stapleton and Clear Creek. Despite a tough course, the girls dominated with 35 team points and the boys scored 73.

  • King-Murphy students finding answers during Genius Hour

    Shortly after the morning bell rang on Thursday, second-grade teacher Alicia Needham began telling her students about how she woke up last night to the smell of smoke.

    She explained that there were wildfires burning throughout Colorado, and she asked her students how she might find out information about them.

    The students suggested web browsers Google and Wonderopolis, digital assistants Alexa and Siri, and reaching out to knowledgeable people who are near where the fires are burning.

  • Jeffco health official confirmed to federal post

    Lynn Johnson, executive director at the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of assistant secretary for family support in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Nominated for the post by President Donald Trump in June 2017, Johnson was confirmed in a 67 to 28 vote on Aug. 28 with all Republicans voting in favor as well as 19 Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

  • Fundraiser launched for Conifer chamber board member after serious fall

    A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for a longtime Conifer resident and Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce board member after she sustained serious injuries in a fall Aug. 17.

    Annette Aldridge, who has served on the board since 2016 and is also director of sales and marketing for CornerStone Auto Glass, fell from her second-story deck onto concrete and was airlifted to an area hospital.

  • Lookout Mountain woman sentenced in infant’s death

    Bethany Joy Smith, the Lookout Mountain woman accused of killing her 3-month-old son in May 2016, was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty on June 29 to one felony charge of negligent child abuse causing death and one felony charge of first-degree assault.

    Smith, 23 also received a mandatory five-year parole sentence, which she will serve at the end of her sentence.

  • POLITICAL BRIEFS

    Neguse endorsed by DC animal rights lobbying firm

    The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying branch of the Humane Society of the United States, has endorsed Democrat Joe Neguse in his bid for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

  • Candidates vying for congressional seats spar at Jeffco debate

    A congressional debate hosted last Thursday by the Jeffco Liberty Coalition — a conglomerate of several Jeffco Tea Party chapters — pitted five candidates running for Colorado’s various congressional districts against one another.

    The nearly two-hour debate saw them argue about everything from the role of government to gun violence, to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and even the declassification of the FBI’s UFO files.

  • Buyers, sellers both can benefit as real estate market starts to balance

    While the foothills real estate market is still strongly favoring sellers, area agents say it’s slowly beginning to cool — a good thing for both buyers and sellers.

    The market here is moving toward being more neutral, especially for homes priced under $2 million, agents say, with some homes selling within hours while others are on the market for several months — a huge change from three years ago when homes were being snapped up at lightning speed.

  • Evergreen Chamber taking over Skate the Lake

    New Year’s activities at Evergreen Lake will see big changes this year.

    Skate the Lake on New Year’s Eve now will be operated by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce rather than Drive Smart, which conceived of and ran the non-alcoholic family friendly event for more than 20 years.

    In addition, the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge and the youth pond hockey tournament on New Year’s Eve, also run by Drive Smart, have been canceled.

  • BIZBEAT: Barber Lee Shortt plans retirement in October

    Lee Shortt, who has been a staple in downtown Evergreen for 51 years, has decided to hang up his hair-cutting shears.

    The barber, located in the building at the southeast corner of Highways 73 and 74, has cut hair on thousands of heads during his time in Evergreen. Shortt says he will miss his clients, but it’s time to retire and move to Nevada, in part because the weather is better for his wife’s health.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” he said recently. “I’ll miss all my customers that I’ve had for years.”