Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge takes unique approach in raising money for winter dance

    The whipped cream was nearly frozen, but that certainly didn’t chill the excitement of those gathered outside of Dakota Ridge High School after school on Feb. 1.

    “This is like a shaving cream fight. Everyone’s so excited,” said junior Makenna Dickey as students and faculty began to gather in front of the school.

  • Free, full-day kindergarten and its effect on Jeffco Schools

    What would free, full-day kindergarten mean for Jeffco Public Schools, a district that already offers full-day kindergarten to its students?

    Questions surrounding newly-elected Gov. Jared Polis’ proposal — one of his primary campaign promises — dominated conversation Feb. 12 when the Jeffco school board visited the state Capitol to meet with legislators representing Jefferson County.

  • Search continues for Bailey man

    Law enforcement and family members are searching for a 26-year-old Bailey man who hasn’t been seen since crashing his truck into a guardrail on U.S. 285 near Parmalee Gulch Road.

    According to Trooper Josh Lewis with Colorado State Patrol, the accident happened around 8 a.m. Feb. 2. After crashing his Dodge Ram, the driver, Jacob Paddock-Weeks, left the scene of the accident before CSP arrived.

    “We are still actually looking for him,” Lewis said.

  • Fire briefs

    Inter-Canyon hiring staff members

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is in the process of hiring for three new positions made possible by the successful November election.

    Applications for the new wildland captain, training captain and battalion chief positions close Feb. 28, and the fire department is looking to hire from within.

  • Art, elevated: Bailey potter Rhonda Davis is perfecting her craft

    Editor's note: This is the second story in a monthly series on artisans along the 285 corridor. If you would like to recommend someone for this project, email dswearingen@evergreenco.com.

    Rhonda Davis doesn’t mind making a mess.

    In fact, Davis probably feels most comfortable when she’s covered in clay working on a pot in the disorganization of her home studio.

    “My hands have always been busy, and so (pottery) just kind of was a natural thing for me,” she said.

  • Barricaded man taken into custody

    Joseph Ford, the suspect who barricaded himself inside his Conifer home following a physical altercation with his wife, was taken into custody Monday afternoon.

  • Morrison briefs

    Morrison PD applying for grant

    The Morrison Police Department is applying for a Justice Assistance Grant to acquire 10 mobile data terminals and antennas.

    Mobile data terminals are computerized devices used in public transit vehicles, military logistics, emergency vehicles and more. The tablets allow for communication with a central dispatch office.

  • Morrison considering criminal ordinances

    Morrison is looking to enact criminal ordinances for less serious crimes in an effort to keep Morrison police officers in town and those arrested in Morrison out of the Jefferson County Jail.

    The effort, spearheaded by Chief George Mumma, includes ordinances that cover smaller crimes that can be dealt with through a ticket and fine. The crimes are those Mumma sees most frequently in town, particularly at the height of the summer tourist season at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and Bandimere Speedway.

  • School programs to get additional funding

    Several education and support areas in Jeffco Public Schools will get additional funding this year thanks to the tax increase approved by voters in November.

    The Jeffco Public Schools board unanimously approved a supplemental budget appropriation of nearly $2.5 million for its current budget. The money will go to career technical education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), safety and mental health support, and early childhood education.

  • Marshdale students battle it out in 40 rounds at Conifer-area spelling bee

    By the time the 40-round Conifer-area spelling bee was over, Jackson Weeks could barely spell his own name without doing so spelling-bee style.

    “J … A … C … K,” the Marshdale Elementary School fifth-grader began, just minutes after winning the spelling competition held Feb. 5 at Elk Creek Elementary. “Can you use that in a sentence?” his dad joked.