Local News

  • Town hall meetings to address ballot issues

    The public is invited to a series of town hall meetings on upcoming ballot issues facing voters in the Nov. 2 general election.

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has scheduled meetings across House District 25 to discuss the state budget and answer questions on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all dates.

    The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

    • Sept. 16, Parmalee Gulch Elementary

    • Sep. 22, Red Rocks Elementary

    • Sep. 28, West Jeff Middle School

  • Alderfer Ranch House at a crossroads

    As a symbol of Evergreen’s ranching past, the Alderfer Ranch House complex on Buffalo Road is a priceless landmark, but to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, it has become an expensive responsibility.

    With the prospect of the 25-year lease with Jeffco Open Space expiring in November 2015 and a new 10-year rec district master plan in the works, the board decided at its regular meeting Sept. 24 to form a task force.

  • Triple threat: Evergreen climber writes off three ‘highest’ lists with Mount Elbert ascent

    With a relatively easy hike up Mount Elbert on Aug. 21, an Evergreen man not only finished his quest to climb the 54 Colorado 14ers, he also reached the highest points in 50 states and the tops of all 64 counties in Colorado — or 168 destinations in eight years.

  • Rendezvous features mountain men, tall tales, fun

    A campfire crackles, and the smell of castoreum, used in beaver trapping, wafts through the air. In the distance you hear drums and see a man dressed in buckskin and a pelt hat. In the trapper’s tent, a few steps away, sleek beaver pelts hang above a table filled with powder horns, Native American beadwork and painted hides. Welcome to the world of Rendezvous.

  • Park district kicks off 10-year district-wide master plan process

    The Evergreen park district is asking for proposals to compile a district-wide, 10-year master plan in which the public is expected to be involved. The last master plan was completed in 2004. The new study should be completed in 2011.

    The board set aside $45,000 in the 2010 budget to pay for the study, which is expected to build on the recently completed 2010 community needs survey, unveiled Aug. 17.

  • Schools may seek tax increase

    Jeffco Public Schools could be turning to voters as early as next year for a tax increase to offset recent declines in state funding.

    A citizen panel tasked with evaluating community support presented the school board Sept. 2 with a tentative plan for a bond issue and mill-levy increase. The panel said about $500,000 in private funding would be needed for the campaign to win approval for the measures.

  • Shooting of elk in front yard rattles neighbors at Chief Hosa

    A man who shot, killed and gutted an elk in his front yard near Chief Hosa Lodge on Saturday morning had an elk-hunting permit and violated no laws, although some neighbors were upset that he was shooting so close to nearby houses.

    “It was a legal hunting area. He had the license to take an elk. Everything was on the up and up,” said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

    Still, some neighbors were upset.

  • Maes to stay in governor's race

    Evergreen resident Dan Maes announced Friday afternoon that he will stay in the governor’s race as the Republican nominee, despite pressure from the party and others to drop out.

    Maes, who upset Scott McInnis in the GOP primary in August, has been under fire for a growing list of problems. He faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in the Nov. 2 election.

    Maes said in a news release that he decided to stay in the race after consulting with supporters and detractors.

  • Community garden gets preliminary OK

    Groups backing a community garden in Buchanan Park have permission to start digging up turf and preparing the soil this fall to be ready to plant in the spring, if they can work out a contract with the park district by the Sept. 28 board meeting.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave preliminary approval for a scaled-down version of a community garden of about 12,000 square feet, or one quarter of an acre.

  • Evergreen library closing on Mondays due to budget crunch

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Evergreen Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.