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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Grassfire at Red Rocks extinguished

    Firefighters from West Metro Fire are mopping up at Red Rocks Friday afternoon after a lightning strike ignited a small grassfire near the concert venue.

    According to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire, the fire burned about 1 ½ acres and led to the temporary closure of the entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre before it was extinguished at 5 p.m.

    While the department requested assistance from Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Scholting said West Metro was ultimately able to tackle the blaze on its own.    

     

  • Three wildfires burning near Pine

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, and the North Fork and Platte Canyon fire departments responded to three wildfires burning near Pine on Thursday.

    According to Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon assistant fire chief, the fires are on U.S. Forest Service land. 

  • Evergreen Middle teacher placed on administrative leave

    Michael Kuzava, a physical education teacher at Evergreen Middle School and the head golf coach at Evergreen High School, has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegedly making inappropriate comments to a student at the middle school.