Local News

  • A fine fall tradition: In gourds we trust

    Every fall, families across the mountain area welcome their old friend Jack — Jack O. Lantern, that is.

    Of course, to find Jack, many trek to their local pumpkin patch to pick out exactly what he will look like this year. Among rows of pumpkins and gourds, visitors young and old decide: taller or smaller; more round or more flat; yellow, orange, red or white.

    Many Evergreen residents, such as Jamie Brand and her children Gus, 9, and Anna, 7, have visited or will visit JP Total’s Pumpkin Patch as part of their annual fall tradition.

  • RMAE appoints new board in wake of faculty firings

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen now has six new school board members in the first step toward dealing with problems plaguing the charter school. Those difficulties came to a head in the last two weeks as seven board members resigned, the school’s executive director fired six faculty members, and parents and students protested the firings in front of the school.

    Kyle Stults, the sole remaining member of the board, convened a meeting Monday night at which he appointed six parent representatives to the board, and they elected officers.

  • Charitable effort creating warm feelings

    A bin filled with two dozen clothes hangers sat on a table outside the Conifer King Soopers on Sunday, a sign that Susannah’s Hope is making a difference.

    The empty hangers signified that two dozen coats had been given away to people who needed or wanted them.

    Susannah’s Hope is the pet project of Mary Black that has turned into a ministry at Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Conifer. Black’s goal is simple: keep people warm.

  • IREA reporting power outage in Conifer

    Extremely high winds have knocked out power for residents in Conifer and Woodland Park.

    According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, several power outages in those areas were reported early Monday afternoon. In a statement on Facebook, the organization said: “Our crews are working as quickly as possible to restore service.” But it gave no estimated time as to when power would return. 

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run enters not-guilty pleas

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy along I-70 during a March snowstorm pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, entered innocent pleas to four charges: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and careless driving resulting in injury.

    District attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said Landsperg has a pretrial conference scheduled for early November, and remains free on $10,000 bond.

  • Indian Hills residents hear suggestions from 2015 groundwater study

    Recommendations from the 2015 Indian Hills groundwater study drew mixed reactions last week as representatives of Jeffco Public Health met with the Indian Hills community.

    No final decisions or policies were announced at the town hall meeting last week. Instead, Jeffco officials hoped to share the results of the study and receive feedback from residents in Indian Hills, a community of approximately 1,200 people.

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Residents pore over issues at Coffee with a Cop

    Discussion at Coffee with a Cop in Evergreen on Friday ran the gamut of issues affecting residents — everything from vehicle break-ins to shooting guns on private property.

    The two-hour event was an easy-going sit-down at the Bagelry in Bergen Park with three Jeffco sheriff’s personnel, who answered questions and talked about crime-related issues.

    Jack Wolfe and Ken Carlson, who live in the Troutdale subdivision, attended to learn about issues facing Evergreen.

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Cemetery tour to return for second year

    Mix one part local history with one part genealogy and a dash of fear, and you’ll get the recipe for a little fun.

    The Conifer Historical Society’s annual historical cemetery tour returns for a second year this weekend, and, according to Suzi Morris, president of the society, the tour comes with a bigger history component this year.