Local News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    School dress codes enforced

  • Governor’s budget a bitter pill for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools is considering making more staff cuts, charging for student transportation, and increasing fees for extracurricular activities in the wake of a proposed state budget that could reduce district revenue by $37 million.

    Following the unveiling of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget on Feb. 15, which cuts $332 million statewide in K-12 funding, Jeffco began preparing budget recommendations to deal with the cuts. Among the effects, student-teacher ratios are expected to increase throughout the district.

  • Open Space committee makes grant recommendations


    Several mountain and foothills communities stand to benefit in 2011 from grant recommendations made by the Open Space Advisory Committee, pending approval of the Jeffco Board of Commissioners.

    The grant recommendations were signed Jan. 13 after board members examined applications totaling nearly $3 million in requests from various cities and special districts in Jefferson County.


    Summary of grant recommendations

    (not complete list)


  • EHS principal meets the flockers

    Evergreen High School principal Matt Walsh has a new claim to fame, something that has never happened before in Evergreen.

    Walsh has been flocked.

    Yes, flocked … with four dozen plastic pink flamingos.

    On Feb. 15, Walsh allowed a half-dozen EHS students from the nondenominational ministry Intermountain Young Life to practice their flocking skills in his front yard. By the time they were done, the flamingo flock was sticking out of the snow, a bright contrast to the blue sky and pine trees.

  • Open Space seeks bids for survey of Jeffco residents


    Jefferson County Open Space is in the process of hiring a company to generate and conduct a statistically valid opinion survey of a random sample of county residents.

    The invitation to bid on the job went out in mid-February, and responses are due March 1. Vendors' questions are due by Feb. 23. The projected cost is $25,000 to $30,000.

    Data collection probably will be done in the spring, with the results available in the fall or before the end of the year.

  • Park district to hold focus groups March 2, 3

    The company hired to compile a new park district master plan will be holding four focus groups with community members on the following days in the first week of March:

    • Wednesday, March 2, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, March 3, at the Wulf Recreation Center from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Hiker rescued in snowstorm on Rosalie Peak

    After a 28-year-old hiker broke her leg at 13,000 feet on the flank of Rosalie Peak on Saturday, it took the combined forces of five mountain rescue teams to bring her down in a furious snowstorm, according to a statement provided by Park County Search and Rescue.

    A Flight for Life chopper attempted rescue at 3:40 p.m. but was forced to turn back because of the rapidly deteriorating weather.

  • Man found guilty in gun incident

    On June 30, 2010, rancher Cliff Farrell saw the big EDS trash truck coming down the road near his ranch off Blue Creek Road, at what he perceived was enough speed to threaten his horses, dogs and sheep. He decided to take the law into his own hands.

    Farrell, 76, and weighing135 pounds, put a gun on the seat of his pickup, parked the truck like a barricade at a gate and confronted the three-man crew.

  • Park district close to naming executive director

    The name of the finalist or finalists for the position of executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District was expected to be released this week following the regular meeting of the board of directors Feb. 22.

    The board will hold a special public meeting to interview the finalist or finalists, Kit Darrow, president of the board, said Monday. The date of the meeting had not yet been determined.

    The board will go into executive session Tuesday night to discuss the choice of finalists, Darrow said.

  • Sheriff's office to probe Wikipedia changes

     Evergreen High School officials have enlisted the help of law enforcement to track down the person or people who altered the description of Evergreen High School on Wikipedia last week.

    Principal Matt Walsh sent an e-mail to parents on Feb. 16, saying that someone had altered the page to include "absolutely offensive hate speech directed toward several different groups of people who are an important part of our school and community."