Local News

  • Conifer HS celebrates success at DECA event

    Eighteen Conifer High School students are set to compete at the international DECA competition next month after taking top honors at the state competition in Colorado Springs in late February.

    Focused on preparing students for careers and education “in marketing, finance, hospitality and management,” DECA is an international association with chapters present at many high schools and colleges around the United States. Students learn both soft and hard business skills and then compete against other DECA members at local, state and international levels.

  • School district to pay bonus

    Jeffco Public Schools will pay former superintendent Dan McMinimee $27,000 in additional performance pay when his contract expires later this year as part of an agreement approved last Thursday that formalizes his demotion from superintendent to an advisory role for the remainder of his contract.

  • Mountain Resource Center expands veterans program

    More than two years after it first launched its veterans program, the Mountain Resource Center has expanded its service offerings to include more community-oriented activities such as movie nights, cooking classes and more.

    According to Tracy Atlas, grants manager for the MRC, the veterans program was first initiated in 2014 after a local therapist expressed concern at increased veterans’ needs within the mountain communities.

  • Supporting the Cougars

    DENVER ­­­­­­— There’s nothing like the bountiful energy among the fans at a state playoff game.

    The Evergreen High School girls basketball semifinal game on Thursday at the Denver Coliseum was no exception. Students, parents and fans cheered as the Lady Cougars won 45-29 on their way to winning Saturday’s state championship game.

    Students yelled “Ever what?” “Evergreen!” and other chants to help support the team on its way to victory.

  • Bergen Meadow teaches there’s a wide world to explore

    “With many cultures together, we create a masterpiece.”

    That’s the saying on a classroom door at Bergen Meadow Elementary, where February was Cultural Awareness Month, and students celebrated different cultures during the third annual Cultural Day.

    According to principal Peggy Miller, rather than celebrate a month for a specific heritage or race, the school of kindergartners through second-graders celebrates a plethora of heritages.

  • LESSON PLANS: EHS to perform ‘Into the Woods’ this weekend

    The Evergreen High School performing arts students hope audiences will take a walk with them “Into the Woods.”

    They will perform the musical Thursday through Saturday at the EHS auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. all three days with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at www.evergreenhstheater.org.

  • Criminal investigation underway in Bailey home explosion Friday night

    Hash-oil production is suspected in a home explosion that seriously injured three adults in Bailey on Friday night.

  • Special districts mulling potential property-tax losses due to Gallagher Amendment

    Beginning in 2018, John and Jane Q. Taxpayer could see an 18 percent reduction in their property taxes thanks to a little-known Colorado constitutional amendment known as Gallagher.
    But a lighter property-tax bill also means there’s a potential for less money to flow into the coffers of the state’s various taxing entities.

  • New youth music program in Conifer debuts, seeks instrument donations

    Though the guitar class is by far its most popular, Conifer’s newest music and arts school offers much more than sitting around the proverbial campfire singing “Kumbaya” while someone strums a six-string.

    Fireside Arts and Music, which officially opened its Green Valley studio late last month, is the latest project of StageDoor Theatre director Tyler Phillips and aims to fill what he calls a void in music-focused youth activities in the mountain area.


    Former West Jeff teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, formerly a gym teacher at West Jefferson Middle School, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust during his arraignment in Jefferson County Court on Feb. 27.