Local News

  • Evergreen man who shot bear cubs appears at courthouse

    The Evergreen homeowner who faces two felony charges after shooting two bear cubs at his home appeared at the Jefferson County courthouse on Thursday morning and was assigned a hearing date of Nov. 13.
    Daniel C. Williams, 50, was not required to appear before the judge in court Thursday, said district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. Accompanied by his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, Williams signed documents acknowledging the charges and received a court date for a hearing on Nov. 13, when his case will be bound over from county to district court, Russell said.

  • Witt seeks ethics investigation of himself

    School board president Ken Witt, one of three targets of a recall in the Nov. 3 election, has announced that he is requesting an investigation into himself by the state’s Independent Ethics Commission to counter ballot language that accuses the school board’s conservative majority of violating the Open Meetings Law.

  • Ambary set to sell hemp extract with reputed medical applications

    Owners of Ambary Gardens LLC are almost ready to sell a "nanogel" online that tastes like cake icing and is made of hemp extract from plants grown at a Kittredge greenhouse. The substance is used to treat things like epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer's disease, the company says.

  • Board's battle over accountability committee continues

    School board members continued their spat last Thursday over the formation of a new district accountability committee, with the board's conservative majority approving guidelines for committee membership.

  • Donors' identities concealed in school board campaigns

    Groups on both sides of the contentious Jeffco school board recall election have employed funding methods that conceal donors’ identities.

    Since efforts to recall conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were launched in late June, Jeffco residents have been inundated with information from both sides. 

  • EHS to celebrate national Blue Ribbon Award

    Evergreen High School is planning a big party for the community later this year to celebrate the school’s earning a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award.

    The award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, names EHS as an exemplary high-performing school. Only 280 public elementary, middle and high schools and 55 private schools throughout the country received the awards.

    EHS was the only public high school in Colorado to receive the award. Private high school Valor Christian also made the list.

  • Jeffco Open Space adding to Douglas Mountain acquisition

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended the purchase of a 36 acres northwest of Centennial Cone Park near Golden. The property, owned by the Deloris Wright Trust, is close to property that Open Space is in the process of acquiring on Douglas Mountain, said Open Space planning supervisor Nancy York.

    The Wright property includes “an incredible wildlife corridor” and has the potential for nature-based experiences, York said.

  • Evergreen Scout troop helps set bubble-wrap-popping record

    Evergreen Boy Scouts helped set a world record for the most people popping bubble wrap in a given time frame, said Scout leader Mike Thabault. Nineteen Scouts in Troop 888 and accompanying adults took part in the Denver Area Council’s annual Camporee on Sept. 19, at which more than 2,500 gathered to burst the Guinness world record.

    “They had a lot of fun,” said Thabault, who helped pop bubble wrap.

    An important part of the contest was that the participants popped in unison to a cadence set by a rhythmic drumbeat, he noted.

  • TallGrass seeking donations for holiday boxes for soldiers

    TallGrass Aveda Salon and Spa is expanding its seventh annual Soldier Box Project with plans to ship at least 100 care packages to troops in Afghanistan this holiday season, said TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.

  • Knowledge blooms among Bergen Meadow pupils

    A Bergen Meadow second-grade classroom looked more like an art museum recently, with depictions of flowers hanging around the room.

    The pictures created by the children were of zinneas, columbines, hydrangea and lotus.

    Second-graders in Michelle Feola’s class have been writing descriptive paragraphs about flowers — and as the final part of the project, they used crepe paper, construction paper and some ingenuity to make 3-D depictions of their blooms.