Local News

  • Downtown Business Association gains members in wake of fee cut

    Since the Evergreen Downtown Business Association cut its membership fee in half, 13 businesses have joined the organization in the past month, said EDBA director Linda Castle.

    Offering an affordable annual membership fee of $175 is a way of encouraging businesses to take an active role in the downtown business community while helping to fund administrative and operational expenses of the EDBA.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Repaving of Highway 74 will wait till spring

    Evergreen will have to wait until spring before Highway 74 is repaved.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation hit a snag in gaining access to land to create a shoulder and bike lane on the north end of Highway 74 near King Soopers. Even though that section of road is not set for repaving, CDOT didn’t want to put the project out for bid until it had the bike-path approval in anticipation of the entire road being resurfaced, according to CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong.

  • Deputies respond to report of suicidal man at Mount Falcon

    The east and west entrances to Mount Falcon Park were closed for several hours Tuesday morning while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to a man in the park who reportedly was suicidal.

    The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday morning by a family member of the man, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Both the east and west entrances to the park were closed during the incident.

  • CHAMPIONS: Evergreen wins first boys soccer title since 1989

    By Craig Harper, For the Courier 

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.

  • Attorney hired by school board’s conservative majority resigns

    Jeffco school board attorney Brad Miller, who was hired by the ousted conservative majority after they gained control of the board two years ago, has resigned, according to a letter he submitted Monday.

    Miller, who was hired in December 2013 to provide independent legal counsel to the school board, wrote that he’d learned from incoming board member Ron Mitchell that the newly elected board didn’t intend to retain him.

  • Rash of mailbox thefts reported in mountain areas, South Jeffco

    Numerous mailbox break-ins in South Jeffco and the mountain areas in early November are believed to be related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators targeted clusters of mailboxes such as those at apartment complexes or for a group of homes in more remote mountain areas, said Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt.

  • Early-morning fire damages outdoor area at Morrison eatery

    A fire on Monday at Beso de Arte in Morrison caused minor damage to the restaurant’s outdoor dining area.

    The early-morning blaze started in an outdoor fire pit at the Latin restaurant at 102 Market St. in downtown Morrison, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue. The fire caused minor damage to a structure separate from the restaurant’s main building. The restaurant itself wasn’t damaged.

  • IREA customers complain of scammers

    Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association have notified the electric co-op that an automated calling service has been claiming that their bills are past due.

    The call, which says electric service will be cut off in 30 to 45 minutes, instructs customers to make payment arrangements by calling an 888-prefix number, IREA says.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins were bigger than in 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.