Local News

  • A glimpse at the day-to-day tasks of Colorado State Patrol

    Around 4 p.m. — only an hour into his 10-hour shift on Nov. 16 — dispatch called for coverage of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 93 between 82nd Avenue and Indian Head Road.

    Trooper Christian Poeppel, of Troop 1A Golden, responded that he was en route, turning on his lights as he drove north of Golden on Highway 93.

    The scene of the accident was plain, as firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were on-site, blocking off the affected area. Both drivers were still there, with no major injuries.

  • Missing Kittredge man found dead

    Mark Finn, the Kittredge man who was reported missing Tuesday, was found dead Wednesday afternoon near Highway 74 and Troublesome Gulch Road in Evergreen.

    According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, Finn's death is not considered suspicious and foul play is not suspected. A cause of death, however, has not yet been determined.

  • Celebrity couple dines at Evergreen eatery

    Celebrity sightings in Evergreen are like blue moons — rare, but they happen.
    Still, many residents probably regret that their dining schedules didn’t sync up with singing superstar Jennifer Lopez and sports legend Alex Rodriguez's when they stopped by Evergreen early last week.
    According to Rodriguez’s Twitter feed, he and Lopez were hiking in Colorado’s great outdoors on Dec. 17. While in the area, the two visited Maya’s Cantina that afternoon.

  • Three Evergreen businesses lauded at annual chamber gala

    The owners of three businesses that won the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s top awards for 2017 agree that they were surprised they won considering the caliber of the other businesses in their categories.

    They also agree that the key to their success is customer service.

    Evergreen Swims took New Business of the Year honors, while Twigs Consignment Boutique was named the 2017 People’s Choice Business of the Year and Big O Tires won the Business of the Year award.

  • EChO honored for professional development

    Evergreen Christian Outreach joins Conifer’s Mountain Resource Center in being recognized by the Colorado Nonprofit Association as among the first nonprofits in the state to achieve the association’s Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices recognition.

  • PCSD board members sworn in privately

    Platte Canyon Schools’ newly elected school board members were privately sworn in late last month instead of taking their oaths of office during a special public meeting scheduled for Nov. 28.
    According to Superintendent Brenda Krage, Katie Spodyak, Joe Burgett and Frank VanDeHey individually took their oaths in the school district’s administrative offices during business hours Nov. 27 in order to be in compliance with a Colorado law that specifies that all oaths of office must take place within 10 days of election results being certified.

  • News briefs

    Evergreen contractor sentenced to 12 years in theft case
    Jonathan Paul McMillan, the Evergreen contractor who in July pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft and two felony counts of theft from an at-risk adult, was sentenced Dec. 1 to 12 years in a community corrections facility.
    Indicted in March for theft from homeowners through his business, Lifetime Roofing and Restoration, McMillan, 41, was originally scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6 and faced up to 36 years in prison.

  • 'She will be greatly missed'

    The remains of missing 17-year-old Platte Canyon High School student Maggie Long were positively identified last Thursday after being found at her family’s home in Bailey nearly a week earlier while law enforcement officials investigated an arson at the home.
    Long was reported missing the evening of Dec. 1 after she failed to show up for a concert she helped organize at Platte Canyon High School. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

  • Morrison town board approves budget

    Morrison’s town board on Dec. 5 unanimously approved the 2018 budget, a spending plan that will require the town to transfer approximately $624,000 from its reserves.

    The town expects to begin 2018 with $4.45 million in its general fund balance and $1.38 million in its utility fund balance. With $2.34 million estimated in general fund revenues and $2.96 million estimated in expenditures, Morrison plan to transfer $624,261 from its general fund reserves. Doing so would leave approximately $3.82 million in the town’s general fund balance at the year’s end.

  • Pre-trial motions hearing continued for former Morrison officer

    The motions hearing has been continued in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, will return to court Monday for a pre-trial motions hearing, though there were talks of a plea deal in court on Thursday.

    Joiner, once second-in-command at the Morrison Police Department, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town between December 2010 and February 2016. He was indicted in July on 29 counts and pleaded not guilty in October.