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Today's News

  • Local gym offers programs for Evergreen’s greatest fighters

    For the past year and a half, Pack Fitness has served a growing community in the arts of jiu-jitsu and boxing, among others. The program, which operates out of Nick’s Pro Fitness, has made all the difference in improving the talent and strength of a young Evergreen girl.

    Since January, 11-year-old Jayda Bell has worked with Dave Roberts and his wife Melissa, the pioneers of the program. In that time, she’s become much more adept at jiu-jitsu and can spar more successfully with her father, who used to fight mixed martial arts locally.

  • ParkCo searching for missing teens

    Park County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two teenage girls who are believed to have run away from a home off Mount Evans Boulevard in Pine Junction. 

    The missing teens — Emma Stokes and Anna Frankman, both 16 — are not related but were living together in a foster home. They reportedly have significant mental health issues that were being treated in the home, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Accident closes U.S. 285 in both directions

    A two-car accident has shut down both sides of U.S. 285 near Kings Valley in Conifer.

    According to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the accident came in around noon. The crash involved a white sedan and a black SUV. The SUV ended up rolling, but Alvarado said neither driver was injured in the crash. There were multiple people in each car, but Alvarado said he didn’t believe anyone else was injured in the crash.

    “Right now, it looks like it's just a property damage crash,” he said.

  • Building character: JCOS works with teens through Trails Stewardship Team

    The green hard hats and tan T-shirts moved in perfect rhythm as teenagers, aged 14 through 18, were swinging tools up and down on the hillside at Flying J Ranch.

    The group were members of Jeffco’s Trails Stewardship Team. And on June 19, in the second week of their employment, half the team worked to reclaim an unused trail in the Conifer park, while the other half helped create slash piles as part of the ongoing forestry project there.

  • Longtime members are Inter-Canyon Fire’s backbone

    First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.

  • Pine taxidermist has perfected the art of preserving animals

    The massive face of a grizzly bear greets those who enter Dean Hendrickson’s workshop.

    In the shop outside his home in Pine, you can find mountain lions, wolves, deer, badgers and more. But for Hendrickson, the journey to his current role as a taxidermist begins with an antelope.

    “When I was a little kid, my dad had an antelope in the house, and I always thought that was so cool,” Hendrickson said. “(It was) just something I always wanted to learn how to do. It’s just grown and expanded over the years.”

  • Rohrer: 007

    It’s the season for commencement addresses. I ran across this one given by Pierce Brosnan, also known as James Bond. Something about his ideas seemed to resonate. Here is part of what he told graduating Dickinson College students:

  • Romberg: Support for Proposition CC

    The various plots around TABOR continued to thicken last week as the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the amendment could be repealed in a single up or down vote and June revenue estimates suggested that state refunds would be much more significant than earlier believed.

    After the various landmines that TABOR author Douglas Bruce had imbedded in the amendment became obvious after TABOR passed in 1992, the legislature referred a constitutional amendment to Colorado voters limiting future constitutional amendments to a single subject.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Double-tapped

  • County briefs

    County moving toward adopting a fire code

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners will consider approving fire codes in an upcoming hearing.