Local News

  • Teacher plans to file lawsuit against charter school

    The American Civil Liberties Union is planning to file a discrimination lawsuit against Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen on behalf of the school’s technology teacher, who says her contract wasn’t renewed because she wanted to express breast milk at work.

    The ACLU, on behalf of teacher Heather Burgbacher, has filed a notice of claim against RMAE, a charter school that is part of Jefferson County Public Schools, and a federal discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The school has 90 days to respond.

  • Five vying for vacancy on EPRD board

    Five men have put their hats in the ring to fill a seat on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board by Pat Callahan, who left the board in July.

    According to park district executive director Scott Robson, the board was to have interviewed the candidates at Tuesday night’s meeting and planned to determine who should take the position.

    The person selected will remain in the position through May 2012, when he has the option to run for election or leave the board.

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  • Jeffco library board votes to block porn on computers

    Pornography will soon be blocked on all computers at Jeffco libraries, the board of trustees decided Aug. 18, following weeks of public outcry over the availability of such content on public computers.
    Though the filtering system will eventually be designed to block only images deemed pornographic on adult-accessed computers, websites could be filtered in their entirety on all library computers in the more immediate future.

  • Body found on Lookout Mountain; homicide suspected

    The death of a man whose body was found Wednesday on Lookout Mountain is being investigated as a possible homicide.

    The Jefferson County coroner is performing an autopsy on the 69-year-old Denver man. His body was found about 3:20 p.m. by two bicyclists who had stopped to rest on Lariat Loop Road. The body reportedly was slumped over a guardrail.

    The man’s identity is known but will not be released until the coroner’s investigation is complete, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

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  • Mountain Parks wins grant for Cub Creek Park forest thinning

    Denver Mountain Parks has won a $130,000 grant from the federal government's Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program to remove ladder fuels and thin forest on 120 acres of 549-acre Cub Creek Park south of Evergreen.

    The general working area is the parkland between Brook Forest Road and Highway 73. Work is not expected to begin until summer 2012.

    The target area is mostly ponderosa pine, including a lot of small and large trees that are very tightly spaced and in danger of insect infestation and wildfire.

  • Postal annex in Bergen Park closes

    The postal-carrier annex at 1222 Bergen Parkway across from the King Soopers shopping center has been closed abruptly as a cost-saving measure. Some 25 employees were reassigned to the main Evergreen post office on Evergreen Parkway and Bryant Drive.

    Local mail will continue to be delivered six days a week as usual.

    The change means that customers will have to call the main post office at 303-679-9861 if they have trouble with mail delivery, instead of the previous phone number (303-670-0213), which was disconnected as of Saturday, Aug. 13.

  • Questions surround fire board amid chief's departure

    After four years as Evergreen’s fire chief, Garry DeJong is preparing to start a new job in Idaho, as questions continue to surround the reasons for his decision to leave — a move that was not entirely his idea.

    During the regular monthly meeting of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board on Aug. 9, DeJong officially announced his resignation and his new appointment as fire chief in Lewiston, Idaho.

  • Picking on weeds

    Wake Up and Weed kicked off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Lake, as volunteers gathered to extricate a rogues gallery of noxious invaders.

    A brunch was served to the hungry weed wackers at midmorning in the Evergreen Nature Center. The event was sponsored by the Community Weed Awareness Campaign and Evergreen Audubon.