Local News

  • Fire district’s solar project on hold

    Plans by the Evergreen Fire Protection District to install solar panels at Station 2 on Bergen Parkway are on hold as the district board wrestles with the 2016 budget.

    The $600,000 project to replace the roof and add solar panels will have to wait until the district is in a more stable financial position, Fire Chief Mike Weege said at a board meeting Nov. 10.

    Past drops in home valuations decreased the district’s property-tax revenue in recent years and led to budget cuts, and district finances are still recovering, board President George Kling said.

  • Student survey at middle school irks parents

    A survey given to Evergreen Middle School students that asked questions about their sexual orientation has ruffled feathers in the community.

    The survey, which has been administered by the school’s counseling office for several years, this year is part of a grant application focusing on school climate, according to Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Balch Lyng. Previous surveys did not contain questions about sexual orientation.

  • Indian Hills Fire expects revenue boost

    A sizable budget boost that the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is set to see in 2016 as a result of higher property valuations will largely pay for long-deferred repairs to the decades-old station, board members have decided.

    The boad anticipates an 18 percent increase in the district’s total income in 2016, thanks to an anticipated $53,500 boost in property-tax revenue. Board members decided to set aside $27,500 to replace siding and eradicate black mold at the fire station when they finalized the 2016 budget in a Nov. 18 meeting.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • EMS students campaign for turkeys

    Students at Evergreen Middle School got into the turkey-giving spirit last Friday when they collected turkeys and money for the less fortunate.

    Students — dressed in pajamas for the last day of school before the Thanksgiving holiday — stood outside with signs encouraging fellow students to bring in their final donations.

    The second annual Turkey on Every Table fund-raiser donates items to both the mountain backpack program through Evergreen Christian Outreach and to the Denver Rescue Mission.

  • Owners of Evergreen Academy seek rezoning for lodge

    The owners of Evergreen Academy are seeking rezoning of the property on Alabraska Lane to create hotel-style rooms for overnight guests on the upper level of the building, which they are calling “the lodge.”

    The property is currently zoned as Planned Development, but overnight accommodations are not a permitted use.

    Roger and Eileen Himes of Castle Rock and Louise and Steve Stucky of Evergreen have submitted a preliminary application to Jeffco Planning and Zoning, which Jeffco planner Heather Gutherless is managing.

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Bootstraps scholarship and loan application available online Dec. 1

    An application for scholarships and interest-free loans will be available on the website of Evergreen-based Bootstraps, www.bootstrapsinc.org, beginning Dec. 1. High school students planning to pursue higher education in the fall of 2016 must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

    • Graduating from Evergreen, Conifer, Gilpin County, Platte Canyon, or Clear Creek High School in May 2016.

  • Mountain lions kill peacocks at Squaw Pass residence

    Mountain lions attacked and killed three prized peacocks at the Holmes residence on Squaw Pass in recent weeks.

    Alerted by a neighbor who heard a commotion outdoors, Hunter Holmes encountered mountain lions on his property for the second time a couple of weeks ago. He was able to chase away a cougar that was standing on top of the pen containing the peacocks.

  • Park board considers phone survey to gauge support for rec center expansion

    If the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board decides to move forward with a phone survey, a sampling of district residents will be asked their opinion about plans to expand Buchanan Rec Center.

    EPRD staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the rec center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase, which district residents would need to approve in an election. The improvements would provide additional recreational opportunities and space for people who use district facilities.