Local News

  • 14 nominees in running for downtown eco-devolopment board


    Candidates galore are turning out for the opportunity to be one of nine members of the inaugural board of the downtown Evergreen Economic Development Council. With nominations closed, 14 people have submitted their names for nine available positions.

    Candidates will be featured guests at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mountain Home in the Evergreen Design Center, 27965 Meadow Drive.

  • Fire chief’s termination prompts lawsuit

    Former Foothills fire chief John Kilpatrick has filed a lawsuit in federal district court, asking for $500,000 plus attorney fees for various damages, including loss of wages and benefits.

    The board hired Kilpatrick to be its full-time chief at a salary of $65,000 a year as of Jan. 1, 2010, but he was fired without warning at a special meeting of the board of directors on Aug. 30.

    Kilpatrick was accused of improperly authorizing to himself payments for insurance and overtime, consisting of $2,372, and $2,500, respectively.

  • Evergreen's holiday shopping alternative


    Annual Alternative Gift Fair benefits charities around the world


    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    The 10th annual Alternative Gift Fair, formerly known as the Alternative Christmas Fair, sets up shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73.

  • Golf course takes aim at neighborhood elk

    A bow hunter legally killed an elk on a fairway at the Hiwan Golf Club on Oct. 11 with the approval of golf course officials, infuriating some of the homeowners who live on the fringe of the golf course.

    “I think it's like hunting fish in a barrel. They are tame. They don't know. … We chose to live here with the wildlife, but we did not choose to live in a hunting range,” said Gloria Bradfield, whose property borders the golf course.

  • County eases fire restrictions

    The fire ban in unincorporated Jefferson County was lifted as of Thursday, Oct. 14, and new stage 1 temporary fire restrictions have been issued for all areas, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. The fire danger condition continues to be high within the county.

    Under the restrictions, campfires are allowed in charcoal fire grates in a developed park or campgrounds, but smoking in most places except a car or building continues to be prohibited.

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  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • Policy muzzles school board members

    All but one Jeffco school board member is barred from speaking to the press about issues related to the board’s activities, a board member recently informed the Courier.

    Under a policy adopted in 2000, only the Board of Education president, currently former Jeffco district attorney Dave Thomas, is allowed to respond to press queries on all topics not exclusive to a single board member.

  • ‘Magical’ Evergreen woman turns 100

    In Evergreen, there is a woman who can make even a professional person cry.

    She means that much.

    “She’s magical,” Angela Chaverri, the life-enhancement director at Elk Run Assisted Living, said as a tear rolled down her face.

    The woman she was referring to, Florence Oeste, was the first person to move into Elk Run when it opened in 2002. Oeste turned 100 years old on Saturday, Oct. 9. The occasion caused much celebration at several parties and a gala dinner that involved residents and relatives.

  • Ugandan kids receive books from Evergreen residents

    The 16,000 books donated last year by Evergreen area residents to the Give a Ugandan Kid a Book drive have been delivered to Uganda and are getting plenty of use.

    For Evergreen resident Maria Camp, it was a long road to get those books to Uganda. The books were collected last fall with the help of many groups, including Evergreen Rotary, area churches and schools. Rotarians got together on a cold November day to pack the boxes and prepare them for shipping. The books were shipped in March, arrived in June and made it through customs in July.