Local News

  • Dam Ducky Derby scheduled Saturday

    It wouldn’t be August without the Dam Ducky Derby in downtown Evergreen.

    The seventh annual event, which includes a duck drop and a carnival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The duck drop is at the Evergreen Lake dam at 1 p.m., and the ducks are collected at Highland Haven on the east end of downtown.

    There will be kids’ activities in the downtown parking lot and a food booth sponsored by the American Legion. A dunk tank has been added to the carnival fun, and the Evergreen Downtown Business Association is looking for dunkees.

  • High lead levels found in drinking water at 38 Jeffco elementary schools

    Test results released by Jeffco Public Schools last week have revealed that at least 38 elementary schools in the district have high levels of lead in the drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain, including 11 schools in the mountain area and in South Jeffco. 

  • Morrison man dies in motorcycle crash on U.S. 285

    A Morrison resident was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle went out of control and hit a guardrail on U.S. 285 at Windy Point.

    William Salanty, 57, was southbound about 8:41 p.m. when the 1990 Harley-Davidson Softail he was driving failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.

  • New Hampshire man is charged in crash that killed former Conifer resident

    A New Hampshire man has been charged with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide in connection with the accident that killed former Conifer resident and good samaritan Jana Elliott.

  • Participation in Jefferson County slash program on pace to double in ’16

    It’s been three months since Jeffco’s 2016 slash collection program began, and participation by county residents is on pace to more than double compared to last year.

  • Dredging work completed at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging at Evergreen Lake was completed last week, two months earlier than planned.

    ESCO Construction removed 12,000 cubic feet of sediment from the north side of the lake. Much of that sediment had flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto a football field.

    The work was funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Children need to be aware of poisonous plants

    (Reprinted from July 22, 2009)

    If you have not taken a drive to see the wildflowers this year, now is the time to do it, for they will soon fade. Shrine Pass is always a delightful trip for wildflowers, and many can be seen without a great deal of walking. Arapaho Pass (west of Boulder) is also excellent but takes a bit longer and involves a bit more hiking.

  • Evergreen 911 outage tied to CenturyLink

    A recent interruption in Evergreen area emergency dispatch operations was a result of equipment problems at CenturyLink, according to information released at last week’s meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board.

    Secondary 911 dispatch operations were knocked out for nearly five hours July 7 — meaning the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had to call Evergreen Fire/Rescue directly about any serious incidents that would have normally been routed to EFR dispatch.

  • Fire Station 1 to stay in current location

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will rebuild Station 1 at its current location near downtown rather than relocate the facility, a plan that will involve the purchase and sale of several properties.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege said the difficulty in finding available land led to the decision to keep Station 1 where it is. He also raised the possibility that Station 1 and Station 4, which is farther south on Highway 73, would be merged.