Local News

  • Safety seats now mandatory for children under 8

    Jackie Mohr, a mother of three and the executive director of Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer, is happy to know that more children will be protected by seat belts and booster seats after a new state law took effect.

    As of Aug. 1, any child under age 8 has to be protected in a car by a child safety seat. The previous age was 6. Failure to obey the law could result in a minimum $82 fine. Law enforcement officers can pull over a vehicle if they see a child not safely restrained in a child car safety seat.

  • Rodeo at Jeffco Fairgrounds cancels tail-dragging event

    Promoters of a Mexican rodeo scheduled Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds have canceled a controversial event in which bulls are forced to the ground by their tails.

    The American Humane Association, an animal advocacy agency, had said it was pursuing an injunction to prevent the coleadero event, which the county had refused to block.

    “We’re very pleased that the promoters have adjusted their event schedule and did something that’s right for everyone,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • Brush fire burns 74 acres on Hogback

    About 74 acres of the Dakota Ridge Hogback burned in a brush fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday near C-470 south of the Morrison Road exit. The cause of the blaze still was undetermined as of Tuesday morning.

    Strong winds fanned the flames and pushed the rapidly growing fire south. Authorities had closed eastbound C-470 at I-70 by 5 p.m. Monday because of fire equipment being sent to the scene.

  • Gutting it out: Evergreen's Kapande stages sit-up marathon to help restaurant owner

    Talk about intestinal fortitude.

    Evergreen resident Nick Kapande celebrated his 48th birthday Aug. 2 with a marathon consisting of 4,800 nonstop sit-ups, or 400 more than he did on his 44th birthday in the same amount of time.

    So, instead of eating birthday cake, Kapande was sipping on an energy drink, wiping the sweat from his fat-free physique and listening to about 20 people clap and cheer in the exercise room at his business, Nick’s Pro Fitness, at Evergreen Parkway and Lewis Ridge Road.

  • Ballot drop-off locations to be open Saturday

    Drop-off locations will be open Saturday and have extended hours on election day to accommodate voters in the Aug. 10 primary election.

    Only voters who are affiliated with a party can vote. Ballots are going out to Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians. Unaffiliated voters can declare an affiliation up to Election Day.

  • Park district board weighs upgrades to lake park

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis of Evergreen has proposed a bandstand/pavilion next to the Evergreen Lake House, but the rec district board has mixed opinions on the idea and is pondering a public meeting to discuss it.

    Board member Mark Footer opposes building such a structure.

    “The striking thing is the view and the natural environment. I think the bandstand would undermine that. Less is more in this case,” Footer said. “I know there’s a push for a playground. It’s a big green space. It is what it is.”

  • Fence not good, neighbors say

    Lisa and Bryan Carter moved to Peggy Lane in Evergreen Park Estates two years ago because they wanted to be closer to nature. They found the perfect small house on an acre of land at the edge of Jeffco open space.

    The couple were aware that their land bordered publicly owned open space, but what they didn’t know until last week was that the Jeffco Open Space Division planned to build a mile-long fence along the boundary line from Buffalo Park Road on the north to Cliff Road on the south. The fence will be about 25 feet from the Carters’ back door.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire burning along Hogback south of Morrison

    Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze on open land south of Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    The fire, near C-470 and U.S. 285, was being pushed north along the Hogback by strong winds.

    The on-ramp from Morrison Road to eastbound C-470 was closed.


  • Jeffco plans joint venture with land developers

      Almost a third of the land owned by Jeffco’s airport would be commercially developed under an unprecedented plan in which any ultimate profits would be split with a private firm based in Denver.

    Details of a contract for the joint venture, the first public-private partnership land deal in Jefferson County’s 148-year history, may not be finalized for months.