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Today's News

  • Horsin’ around: Pleasant Park 4-H’s gymkhana lets riders practice skills, ride fast

    Horseback riders of all ages gathered at McKeever Arena in Conifer to both race and have a good time on Aug. 5.

    The Pleasant Park 4-H gymkhana for riders from 8 to adult hosts eight events — everything from barrel racing to pole bending, during which riders weave their horses through poles.

    Because this is not a full-fledged horse show, the competition is more relaxed, and it’s a chance for riders to train their horses.

    Thirty-six riders participated, primarily from Jefferson and Park counties.

  • Evergreen firefighters extinguish 3/4-acre grass fire

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a grass fire that quickly grew to ¾ of an acre at around noon Saturday near the Evergreen Rodeo grounds, evidence that conditions in the area are ripe for wildfires.

    The fire, which was started accidentally, was put out by 25 firefighters and seven fire trucks in less than 30 minutes. The fire was within 20 feet of a home. Firefighters continued to monitor the area that afternoon and evening.

    The person who started the fire was cited with misdemeanor arson, according to the EFR Twitter feed.

  • Jeffco GOP labels Polis a ‘brown shirt’ in anti-Semitic Facebook post

    The Jefferson County Republican Party has joined an increasing number of people and groups employing Nazi references and/or anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack politicians and policies they dislike — this time targeting U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor.

  • Jeffco Schools joins lawsuit over education bill

    Jeffco Public Schools, along with five other school districts and two education industry organizations, has filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and two others over the passage earlier this year of legislation aimed at better meeting the needs of students in foster care.

  • Indian Hills Fire moves forward with ballot question

    Indian Hills Fire Rescue plans to put a question on the November ballot in an effort to protect itself from the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    The amendment, enacted in 1982, limits growth in residential property tax rates. Much like other mountain-area fire departments, Indian Hills is forced to take a hard look at the financial implications of the Gallagher Amendment considering property taxes are a primary source of funding for the district.

  • Jeffco hires new chief of communications

    Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has hired Tammy Schiff, his former colleague at Eagle County Schools, as the new chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools.

    In an e-mail exchange and phone call on Aug. 3, Glass said the decision to hire Schiff occurred in July and stemmed from a desire to round out the school district’s communications team — namely in terms of marketing, design, “impactful publications” and branding.

  • School funding initiative makes ballot

    A ballot initiative aimed at boosting school funding in Colorado by raising the state’s corporate tax rate and increasing incomes taxes for the wealthy has made it on the November ballot.

  • Conifer cannabis company targeted in lawsuit

    A Conifer cannabis company that sells a variety of therapeutic hemp and cannabis extract products has been sued for alleged patent infringement by a Golden-based biotechnology company specializing in the “development of cannabis as medicine.”

  • Assessment evaluates health concerns, successes

    Mental-health treatment, food insecurity, housing, and alcohol and substance abuse are some of the top health concerns in Jefferson County, according to a recently published community health needs assessment.

    The study also says access to recreation, healthy sexual behaviors, safe food, healthy eating and breastfeeding are some of Jeffco’s strengths.

    In addition, those involved say the county’s strength lies in the community’s concern.

  • Preliminary hearing set for woman charged with attempted murder

    The preliminary hearing for an Evergreen woman who allegedly shot her husband has been continued to 10 a.m. on Sept. 21.

    Julie Bird, 59, was arrested on July 5 after deputies found her husband with a gunshot wound to his back. Investigators believe Bird was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

    The husband was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

    Bird has been charged with attempted murder, third-degree assault and prohibited use of a firearm. Her bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.