Local News

  • Local legislators critical of U.S. Senate health care bill

    Area legislators are not happy with the latest health care bill proposed by the GOP, calling the process under which it was drafted “ridiculous” and advocating for less government involvement in the health care industry.

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, criticized both the U.S. Senate and House for drafting their versions of the American Health Care Act — renamed the Better Care Reconciliation Act in the Senate’s version of the bill — behind closed doors.

  • Neville seeking re-election in District 16

    Colorado Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) announced June 28 that he is running for re-election in 2018, in part to maintain Republican control of the state Senate.

  • EFPD exploring sale of Evergreen Meadows property

    After almost a decade, the Evergreen Fire Protection District is revisiting its bid to sell a property it owns in the Evergreen Meadows area.

    Discussed by the Evergreen fire board during an executive session June 13, the building is near County Road 73 and Malamute Drive, and was deeded to the fire department in 1975 with the requirement that it be used as a firehouse.

    However, according to Fire Chief MikeWeege, the department ultimately expanded in other areas around Evergreen and never used the property for its intended use.

  • Forest Service considering closing access

    Concerns about camping, unleashed dogs and unattended and abandoned campfires have led the U.S. Forest Service to consider closing access to both Maxwell Falls and the Cub Creek Park area, just south of Evergreen.

  • Inter-Canyon pushing for new volunteers

    For fire departments such as Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, volunteers are everything.

    And in light of this, Inter-Canyon will be kicking off a push for more on Monday. Volunteer applications open that day and will stay open for a month.

    “Nationwide and in Jefferson County, as well as at Inter-Canyon, volunteerism (in the fire service) is on the decline,” said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman with Inter-Canyon.

  • Semi rollover accident closes U.S. 285

    A rollover accident involving a tractor-trailer temporarily shut down all northbound lanes of U.S. 285 and one southbound lane Monday night.

  • Survey results say RMAE moving in positive direction

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is moving in the right direction, according to the results of a survey of parents, teachers and students.

    “Year over year data indicates clearly that RMAE is recovering significantly from low ratings in 2015-16 and approaching high mark ratings from 2014-15,” according to the presentation to the school’s board of directors last Thursday.

  • 5-year-old Evergreen girl an inspiration for others fighting cystic fibrosis

    By all outward appearances, Sloan Scott is a typical 5-year-old: Her artwork is displayed on the walls of her playroom, she’s a soccer player, she loves reading books and she loves being outside.

    But on the inside, Sloan battles cystic fibrosis every day, and last week, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sent a photographer to Evergreen to capture photos of Sloan being a regular kid. The photos will be used on CFF’s website and in promotional materials.

  • Summerfest continues tradition of mixing art, beer and music

    Something old, something new, something bought, and something brewed.

    This year’s Summerfest is looking to be bigger, better and longer than previous years, organizers say, with extended hours on Saturday, “all local, all live” musical acts and the classic mixture of art and artists that attendees have come to expect.

    Center for the Arts Evergreen is hosting the 38th annual Summerfest on July 15-16 at Buchanan Park. Organizers have been planning for almost a year, and artists started applying in December.

  • EPRD board discusses drone use on park property

    In the wake of more people wanting to use drones around Evergreen’s parks, particularly for weddings at the Lake House, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District Board of Directors talked with a local commercial drone operating company about the rules and regulations governing the activity.

    Chris Swathwood and Chris Hanson of Evergreen-based Alpha Pixel presented the topic at the board of directors meeting on June 25 at Wulf Recreation Center, clarifying that the rules that govern hobby flights and commercial flights are very different.