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Today's News

  • Conifer softball wards off the Cougars

    EVERGREEN — Not many teams have given Conifer softball a run for its money this year.

    And after last year’s 20-9 victory over Evergreen, the Lobos didn’t really expect the Cougars to bring their A-game.

    But they did.

    After going down early on their home field on Sept. 12, the Cougars honed in on their offense mid-game, even though it wasn’t enough in the end. The No. 6 Lobos (per Monday’s CHSAANow.com poll) won 8-4.

  • Artists visit Jeffco Parks to create auctioned-off work

    Sept. 12 was a gorgeous day to be outdoors — and painting.

    PLAN Jeffco conducted its In Plein Sight plein-air event at Jeffco parks last week — and 25 area artists gathered with their easels, brushes and palette knives to recreate nature’s beauty.

    The event is a fundraiser for PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation in the county. Last week, the artists — both local and from out-of-state — visited five Jeffco Parks, most near Evergreen, to create works that were auctioned to benefit the nonprofit.

  • Evergreen sweeps 4A Jeffco solo and team titles

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s boys golf team clinched the Class 4A Jeffco team conference title and the individual medalist crown on Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf Course at the final regular-season tournament of the season.

    The Cougars, the 4A state team runner-up last year, won five of six league tournaments this season in cruising to the team title.

  • Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county’s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.

    The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county’s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone — both of whom are business owners — felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.

  • Aspen Park lots rezoned for mini-storage

    The Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of four lots in Aspen Park to allow for mini-storage.
    According to information provided at last week’s public hearing, three of the four lots that make up the 1.66-acre property located at 9529 Davis Ave. in Conifer were rezoned in 1993 to allow for self-storage. The applicant, Richard Larson, recently proposed rezoning all four lots to allow for self-storage under one official development plan.

  • School board approves firing Evergreen teacher after inappropriate remarks

    The Jeffco school board has approved a recommendation to dismiss Evergreen Middle School physical education teacher Michael Kuzava after he made inappropriate comments to a female student last month and allegedly made other inappropriate remarks to other students.

    In a unanimous vote Sept. 12, the board approved Superintendent Jason Glass’ recommendation to terminate Kuzava’s employment on grounds of “insubordination, immorality and other good or just cause.”

  • Residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Marshdale shooting suspect’s arraignment continued

    A man suspected of shooting his tenant at their Marshdale residence on May 20 has had his arraignment continued to October.
    David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth.
    Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.
    Claussen was scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 10, but it has been continued to 10 a.m. Oct. 22. This will be his first chance to enter a plea.

  • Arraignment set for identity theft ring suspects

    Seven of the eight people indicted in August for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area will be arraigned Oct.15.
    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Seven of the eight have been arrested, while one suspect — Faith Knight — remains at large.
    The following individuals have been arrested:
    • Jacob Westfall, 20.
    • Matthew Lane, 42.
    • Michael John Mancuso, 28.

  • Charges still pending in I-70 crash that killed 2-year old

    Charges are still pending in the case of an August crash on Interstate 70 that killed a 2-year old girl and injured three others.

    According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office, the DA is still waiting for the Colorado State Patrol to present its investigative findings in the case and has yet to decide about filing charges against Samantha Maestas, 28, of Westminster, the driver believed to have caused the accident.