Local News

  • Foes of EFPD property-tax increase say it won’t be enough

    With less than a week to go before Election Day, opponents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s proposed property-tax increase say the proposal is nothing more than a “band-aid” for mushrooming costs of providing emergency medical services in the area and of compliance with ongoing changes to the Affordable Care Act.

  • Woman lost sense of well-being; friend lost her life

    Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which was observed in October.

    Darkness shrouds the door to Jenn’s home to such an extent that you don’t realize there’s a door there at all — until the porch light flickers on abruptly, betraying your presence to anyone and everyone nearby.
    Perhaps it’s just a default setting, but maybe it’s something more.

  • Ballot question could prohibit new rooftop patios in Morrison

    New rooftop patios might soon be prohibited in downtown Morrison, depending on how residents vote in next week’s election.

    One of the town’s two ballot questions asks voters to choose whether to prohibit future rooftop patios at local establishments or set strict regulations for those built in the future.

    “It was a concern of some of the board and some residents, and the board just decided to refer it to the residents,” said Town Administrator Kara Zabilansky.

  • Section of Lake Trail to be closed this winter

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has missed the window for a short-term solution for the closed northern portion of the Lake Trail, and it likely will remain blocked through the winter.

  • Accident snarls traffic in southbound lanes of Evergreen Parkway

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue was at the scene of a three-car accident at Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive on Monday afternoon.

    The accident, which was reported about 2 p.m., was in the southbound lanes, and traffic was forced into one lane in that direction. EFR said motorists should be prepared for slow going for an undetermined time.

    The State Patrol said there were no injuries in the accident.

  • Trump slams Clinton, corruption and Colorado balloting in Jeffco appearance

    At a Jeffco rally on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton's e-mail troubles to Watergate-level corruption and voiced suspicions about the validity of the state's mail-in balloting.

    With Election Day less than two weeks away, Trump addressed thousands at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon, hoping to sway undecided voters and solidify his supporters in this battleground state. 

  • Man sentenced to 16 years for kidnapping of Bailey teen in 2015

    The man convicted of kidnapping a Bailey teen from the Conifer King Soopers in August 2015 was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison.

    Dakota Holand, 21, was convicted by a jury June 16 of multiple counts of kidnapping and other charges, including second-degree kidnapping, third-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft.

    On Aug. 20, 2015, Holand forced a 16-year-old male to drive him from Conifer to Pueblo after entering the victim’s Jeep Wrangler.

  • Picnic table event raised $12,000 for local charities

    The world’s longest picnic table is the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. Not only has it placed Evergreen in the Guinness Book of World Records, but the event last month raised $12,000 for four mountain area charities.

    Victor Mills, a representative from the Leadership Evergreen class of 2015, who organized the record-setting event, said the group had a presentation ceremony at Beau Jo’s on Oct. 14 to give $3,000 checks to Evergreen Christian Outreach, LifeBridge, Loaves & Fishes and the Seniors’ Resources Center.

  • Deputies reunite man with cash

    When disposing of unneeded items, it’s best to double-check that nothing valuable is being tossed as well.

    One local man learned that over the weekend, after he inadvertently dropped off a box of cash at the Jeffco sheriff’s Drug Take-Back Day, a nationwide event that allows people to dispose of prescription drugs safely and responsibly.

  • 8-unit apartment building proposed in Kittredge

    A proposed rezoning to accommodate an eight-unit apartment building on Avenue C in Kittredge elicited concerns from nearby residents at a community meeting last week.

    The Powell family of Morrison is proposing to buy the property at 3402 Avenue C and build a two-story apartment building on an existing foundation; a single-family home; and a multicar garage. The plan would require rezoning to residential the part of the property that is currently zoned commercial.