Local News

  • Evergreen dives into 2010: Big numbers turn out for Skate the Lake, Big Brrr!

    Skate the Lake on New Year’s Eve sold more than 2,100 tickets, and the Big Brrr! Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day had 215 human icicles, almost twice as many as last year.

    Aided by excellent weather, both events more than met organizers’ expectations. The Big Brrr! netted $11,000 for Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer and the special-needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The amount of the proceeds, or gross sales minus expenses, from Skate the Lake was not available.

  • Engel named executive director of Mt. Evans Hospice

    Five months after the resignation of longtime executive director Louisa Walthers, Mt. Evans Hospice and Home Health Care has a new leader: Evergreen resident Kathy Engel.

    Engel is no stranger to Mt. Evans; she served as the agency’s director of patient services from 2001 to 2006, and returned to that position last September.

    “My heart is here,” says Engel, who was selected from 50 applicants to fill the executive director position. “I know first-hand how important the services we provide are to the community.”

  • Memorial service scheduled for EMS teacher

    A memorial service for Evergreen Middle School science teacher Lesley Jankausky is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the EMS gym.

    Jankausky, 42, was killed in a car accident on Dec. 22 while traveling to visit family for the holidays.

    Jankausky had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last summer and came home talking about raising money so she could help send the porter from her trip to school to learn English, giving him the opportunity to earn better wages and improve his life.

  • Two Conifer High students die in crash on U.S. 285

    Two Conifer High students were killed and one was injured in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday night on U.S. 285 near Pine Junction. The accident, which occurred about 7 p.m., closed the road for five hours.

    The driver and passenger in a silver Honda were both killed, and a third person in the back seat of that car was injured.

    The dead were identified as 16-year-old Kenny Barnett of Evergreen and Mara C. Parslow, also 16, of Morrison. Kenny Barnett’s brother, Austin, 18, was transported from the scene by helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver.

  • Tae kwon do parents slam rec district

    A popular tae kwon do instructor will be invited to return to teaching at the Buchanan Rec Center if he can prove that he can be a good contractor as well as an outstanding teacher.

    “I don’t think I have ever heard anyone call into question his teaching abilities. Teaching is his primary job, but not his only job,” said rec district board member Peter Eggers.

  • Crash injures four near post office

    Four people, including two children and two adults, were taken to the hospital in two Evergreen Fire/Rescue ambulances after a crash that sent one car over an embankment and into the drainage ditch near the post office about 4 p.m. Monday.

    The accident blocked traffic in the two westbound lanes of Evergreen Parkway during rush hour.

    EFR personnel had to remove the door of the car in the ditch to free one of the occupants.

    No information was available on the circumstances of the collision or the extent of the injuries, although no one walked away on their own.

  • 'Dry-ice bombs' found in local mailboxes

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies closed down the area around a house at 28907 Clover Lane near Meadow Drive in Evergreen after a dry-ice bomb detonated Monday morning in a mailbox.

    Officers found two more dry-ice bombs in nearby mailboxes. The sheriff’s office says this type of incident is a prank that usually happens between six to eight times a year. Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 303-271-5612.


  • Local woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted

    A housecleaner who lives in an apartment in Kittredge is facing charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 44-year-old local woman.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joel M. Herrin, 40, at his Kittredge apartment about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

    As deputies were approaching the dwelling, the suspect opened the door and surrendered, according to a sheriff’s department news release. The man’s address was listed as 26194 Columbine Trail in Kittredge.

  • Evergreen team wins middle-school robotics contest

    A group of Evergreen eighth-graders and their basement-made robot, Bruce, won first place in the Colorado FIRST Lego League Robotics competition at the University of Colorado at Denver.

    The foursome snagged the prestigious award on Dec. 12 over 52 other teams with the best overall score based on four categories: teamwork, robot design, robot game performance, and a research project on a bike/car safety device.

  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.