Local News

  • Neighbors generally positive about proposed hemp oil-extraction facility

    Reaction was generally favorable to plans for a hemp oil-extraction business proposed for a building on Bryant Drive in Evergreen, though business owners said they would address any concerns at a community meeting about the project.

    Most neighbors at the meeting, conducted by Hammer Enterprises Integrated Solutions and Jeffco Planning and Zoning on March 28, had positive comments about the proposal. However, two neighbors were concerned about impact to the area, and the Evergreen Metropolitan District was concerned about whether chemicals might go into the sewer system.

  • Babb shares experience, message with EHS students

    Tom Babb’s homecoming at Evergreen High School recently was warm and heartfelt from students and teachers when he spoke at an assembly about perseverance and living every day to its fullest.

    Babb, 20, a 2015 EHS graduate, was in a freak accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii in December 2015 and is now paralyzed from the chest down. This was his first visit to the school since the accident.

    While some would say, “Poor Tom,” Babb doesn’t see it that way — and that was his message to students.

  • Teaching ‘unconditional love’

    Ellece Murphy was many things: an area old-timer, a lover of theater, a real estate developer, a civil servant, a philanthropist — and the matriarch of the King and Murphy families.

    Her family and friends described her as a character, a tough negotiator, a shrewd businesswoman, someone who threw over-the-top parties, a life force, a nurturer and someone who loved unconditionally.

  • Green Ridge Meadows apartments get energy updates

    Green Ridge Meadows is greener.

    Jeffco Housing Authority and Energy Outreach Colorado have collaborated to weatherize 79 units and make other energy-efficient changes to the apartment building on John Wallace Road in Evergreen. Most residents are low-income seniors.

    The two entities have finished the bulk of the updates, with only the boiler room left to replace by the end of May.

  • Elks Lodge celebrates, remembers 50-year history

    No matter how much the world has changed in the past 20 or 50 years, the Evergreen Elks Lodge has remained. And, in 20, 25 or 50 years, its current members hope that new ones still will be carrying on its traditions of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.

  • 108-acre park to open on Floyd Hill

    Floyd Hill will get an open space park on the north side of Interstate 70, thanks to efforts by multiple agencies to purchase the 108-acre parcel for about $1 million.

    The Jeffco and Clear Creek Open Space offices hope the park will be open — albeit in a temporary, unfinished way — this summer.

  • Multi-car crash shuts down U.S. 285

    A multi-car crash closed north- and southbound U.S. 285 Wednesday morning to make room for a helicopter landing and Flight for Life transport.
    The wreck rerouted traffic onto a nearby frontage road. Since then, the southbound side of the highway has reopened, but one lane of northbound U.S. 285 remains closed, according to information from CDOT.
    CDOT received a call about the crash around 9:11 a.m., said Trooper Nate Reid.

  • McMinimee hired as superintendent of public charter high school system

    Former Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee has been hired as the new superintendent of New America School-Colorado, a network of public charter high schools that serve academically underprivileged students, including English language learners and new immigrants.
        Announced to NAS staff Tuesday morning, McMinimee will replace the organization's longtime superintendent Dominic DiFelice, who is retiring from the role after 11 years.

  • Accident closes Westbound I-70 for two hours Monday morning

    Clean-up efforts from a three-vehicle crash closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Genesee's Lookout Mountain exit for two hours Monday morning.

    According to Trooper Nate Reid of Colorado State Patrol, around 7:20 a.m., a Mercedes traveling eastbound on I-70 near mile marker 256 crossed over the median and struck a semi and a Subaru in the westbound lanes.

    Reid stated that the driver of the Mercedes was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. There were no other injuries reported from the other vehicles.

  • Evergreen’s Bark Park founder removes son’s honorary plaques ahead of Elk Meadow closure

    Judi Quackenboss visited the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area on Thursday to perform the emotional task of removing two plaques placed there in her son’s honor before Jeffco Open Space closes the popular Evergreen dog park for good on Tuesday.

    “He was a dog lover, an animal lover really; he was just so good with them,” Quackenboss told a group of reporters. “It’s a tough day, but I feel John with me.”