Local News

  • Hailstorm makes a hash of garden tour; event postponed till next year

    Bloodbath. Melee. Destruction.

    That’s the description that Evergreen Garden Club president Tina Kellogg gave to the damage wrought on area gardens by the hailstorm that passed through Evergreen on June 11.

    The destructive hail, which fell inches deep in some areas and brought snowplows out to clear the roads, caused so much damage that the club has decided to cancel its 11th biennial garden tour, scheduled for June 26.

  • Truck overturns on Highway 74 near Morrison

    A truck hauling dirt overturned Wednesday morning on Highway 74 about 2 miles west of Morrison, closing one lane of the road for much of the morning. The driver apparently was not hurt.

    Foothills Fire/Rescue responded to the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. Foothills personnel were allowing traffic to alternate in each direction during the cleanup, which continued throughout the morning.

    Traffic in the canyon already was slowed in recent days by a highway re-striping project that stretched all the way to Evergreen.

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers

    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • Kids Rodeo Stampede gets little feet pounding

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    Ninety children of all ages came to the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds on June 5 for the love of running — and a ribbon and a popsicle.

    The children from Evergreen and Conifer schools participated in the 50-yard dash and 1-mile and 2-mile runs at the second annual Kids Rodeo Stampede.

  • 2010 Rodeo Parade will honor veterans

    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    Cowboys and professional bull riding will be the main attractions at the Evergreen Rodeo June 18, 19 and 20, but the centerpiece will be the Rodeo Parade on Saturday honoring members of the military and especially veterans of World War II.

    This year’s parade, with the theme “Salute to Our Troops,” kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19. About 1,500 people are expected to line up along Main Street to watch the parade’s 100 entries.

  • Foothills Fire eliminates business manager job

    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    After weighing a last-minute appeal for a reprieve, the Foothills Fire/Rescue board let stand a previous decision eliminating the business manager position as of June.

    Although Fire Chief John Kilpatrick argued in favor of retaining business manager and firefighter Jeanette Kehoe, the board consensus was that the cost savings was more important. Her job ends June 30.

  • August trial date set in alleged theft from Cub Scouts

    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    The judge in the case of the former Cub Scout treasurer accused of taking funds from Evergreen Cub Scout Pack 39 said he would continue the pretrial conference for two weeks but warned the Aug. 3 trial date is firm.

    “Being a lawyer isn’t magic. They will need more than a couple of days to get ready for a trial,” District Judge Christopher Munch told Lisa Marie Williams of Pine on June 1.

  • Gerou named to Joint Budget Committee

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen has been named to the legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee.

    As a member of the JBC, Gerou will play a key role in shaping Colorado’s budget and setting future priorities for state spending.

  • Mountain Foothills Rotary delivers check for special-needs kids

    Rose Lyon, treasurer of Mountain Foothills Rotary Club, presented a $1,200 donation in the form of a check to Maren Schreiber on June 1 at the Lake House in Evergreen. Schreiber is the program director for special needs with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The Rotary Club raised a total of $4,400 in ticket sales, the most ever raised in the history of the Ice Melt Barrel contest. Of that amount, another $1,000 is dedicated to scholarships for special-needs kids. The contest ended April 12, 2010, at 2:43 p.m., when the barrel began to float.

  • DA warns of rise in automated phone ‘phishing’ schemes

    District Attorney Scott Storey is warning citizens of a telephone scam that has resurfaced in Jefferson County. In the last few days, several people have called the DA’s office to report that they have received disturbing automated phone calls alleging to be from their bank or credit union.