Local News

  • Remembering 2009: Storms, controversy shaped year in news

    In the freak accident category, the best story of the year was an Evergreen mountain climber’s account of how he survived a direct lightning hit on 14,265-foot Quandary Peak in the middle of summer.

    Oil-and-gas lawyer T.J. Carroll and his Tibetan terrier, Zengi, were about 15 minutes from the top at about noon when the strike came out of a few harmless-looking clouds.

  • Boy hit by car at Walmart now in fair condition

    The condition of 3-year-old Josh Johnson, who was run over in the parking lot at Walmart on Dec. 19, has been upgraded from serious to fair, according to Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Whitehead.

    There was no further information available on his injuries or when he might be released from the hospital.

    Josh was freed from under the car by firefighter Scott Martin after bystanders lifted the vehicle.


  • Evergreen Middle School teacher dies in accident

    Lesley Jankausky, an eighth-grade science teacher at Evergreen Middle School, was killed in a car accident Dec. 22 in Nebraska while traveling to see her family for the holidays.

    Jankausky had been a part of the EMS staff for 10 years. Services are pending.

    “She was a dear friend and respected teacher,” EMS principal Kristopher Schuh said in an e-mail to all EMS families. “We will miss her humor, enthusiasm and dedication to the staff and students at Evergreen Middle School.”

  • When imaginations soar: Students at the Bergens test their wings in the art of kite-making

    “Tako kichi,” the Japanese words meaning “kite crazy,” aptly describe art classes at the Bergens the past two weeks as students learned all about kites.

    Students at both Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools cut the paper, dyed it, and added the bamboo-stick supports and tails to create simple but beautiful Japanese kites. Plus, they learned some history of the art form, which dates back at least 2,000 years.

  • Evergreen businessman running for state Senate

    Evergreen businessman Tim Leonard is fed up with government spending and has announced a bid for elected office, jumping into the void created when Democrat Dan Gibbs decided not to run again for the state Senate.

    “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman. I have a family (his wife, Monica, and six kids). The last thing I want to do is leave my (home base) and go around the state and talk to people about where I stand,” said Leonard, who is running as a Republican. The family has lived in the same stone-and-timber home in Kittredge for 15 years.

  • 'A wonderful story of hope': Firefighter, bystanders save 3-year-old trapped under car at Walmart

    After saving the life of 3-year-old Joshua Johnson in the Walmart parking lot Saturday, Evergreen volunteer firefighter Scott Martin was back on the job and coping pretty well by Tuesday morning.

    “As tragic as the incident was, the fact that he is still alive is such a wonderful story of hope. The news is always so doom and gloom,” Martin said.

    Martin’s heroic quick thinking and crisis expertise turned a near fatality into a miracle lifesaving opportunity, as bystanders joined forces to lift the car and free the boy.

  • Evergreen native facing charges in Iraq

    A local man who joined the Army after graduating from high school, with dreams of becoming a career officer, is being accused of ordering Iraqi police officers to kill two civilians.

    Carl Bjork, 28, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism overseas, attended Evergreen High School from 1995 to 1997 before transferring to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He graduated from CU in 2004 and immediately went into the Army.

  • Lawyer withdraws in Kenneth Berry case

    The lawyer for Kenneth G. Berry, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud, has withdrawn from the case, forcing the arraignment of Berry and his wife to be postponed another month.

    District Judge Tamara Russell granted attorney John Tinder’s request to withdraw after he appeared with his client, Ken Berry, for an arraignment in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 21.

    In an arraignment, either the parties are formally advised of the charges against them and a trial date is set or a plea may be entered.

  • EHS National Honor Society collects food for needy

    Forty boxes of donated food collected by Evergreen High’s National Honor Society will make the holiday a little brighter for clients of the Seniors’ Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    The annual food drive, which runs from before Thanksgiving through mid-December, helped feed 17 EHS families plus those using the services at the two Evergreen nonprofits.

    The boxes filled three SUVs, said Tracy Thompson, a counselor at the school and adviser to the club.

  • Young Santas bring Christmas to older generation

    Christmas comes early at the Green Ridge Meadow Apartments when the community room begins to fill up with wrapping-paper-covered boxes full of holiday dinners and groceries.

    The Seniors’ Resource Center-Evergreen packed and delivered 120 baskets of food and other goodies to seniors and people with disabilities living in the foothills from Central City to Evergreen. The SRC has sponsored this project annually since 1981.

    SRC began collecting food for the basket giveaway on Nov. 3 by putting out bins at Safeway and King Soopers.