Local News

  • Witt seeks ethics investigation of himself

    A recent announcement by Jeffco’s embattled school board president that he is requesting an Independent Ethics Commission investigation into himself to counter allegations of sunshine-law violations likely will lead nowhere since the commission oversees neither the state's Open Meetings Law nor school boards.

    Ken Witt, one of three targets of a recall in the Nov. 3 election, called a news conference Oct. 8 to make the announcement to a room of reporters. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Evergreen Rotary plans musical area at Stagecoach Park

    The Rotary Club of Evergreen has approved a $30,000 grant to install outdoor musical instruments at Stagecoach Park.

    Rotary member Kay LaMontagne championed the concept for the music park after seeing one in Moab, Utah, and becoming intrigued by the concept.

    After the Evergreen Park and Recreation District gives final approval for the project, about five instruments will be placed in a grassy area of the park along Highway 74, probably next spring.

  • Workshop designed to help those caring for elderly with dementia

    Evergreen resident Dick Page is offering a workshop for people who care for elderly people with dementia.

    The two-part Savvy Caregiver workshop on Oct. 17 and 24 is designed to help caregivers improve their skills and deal with stress associated with their responsibilities, Page said. It is intended for both direct caregivers and families with loved ones in facilities, he said.
    In many instances, the responsibility of caring for a spouse or parent falls on one person, who becomes the caregiver while also handling household and financial matters, Page said.

  • Jeffco officials lift fire ban

    Vegetation in Jeffco is moist enough again for officials to lift a countywide fire ban.

    The fire ban was lifted at 8 a.m. Tuesday on all unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, including all federal land.

    Clear Creek County could also lift its fire ban soon, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

    Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the threat of wildfire in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

  • Woman killed in Highway 73 rollover accident

    A Conifer woman died in a single-car rollover accident Wednesday morning near Skyline Drive and Highway 73 in Evergreen, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Heather Martin-Demichina, 40, was driving a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, which rolled in the accident, said Trooper Josh Lewis, a State Patrol spokesman. The Jeep went off the right side of the road and skidded before rolling onto its roof, Lewis said.

    The accident happened near ongoing road-paving work in the area. No other cars or people were involved in the accident, Lewis said.