Local News

  • Open space, closed government

    After crafting a deal to acquire 19 acres in the Rooney Valley last December, Jeffco officials portrayed the purchase as a routine Open Space buy and kept secret the transaction’s role in settling a lawsuit by a group of developers, a Courier investigation shows.

    A lawsuit currently pending against the county charges that the machinations contributed to Jeffco’s top administrator, Jim Moore, being fired after he voiced objections to the lack of transparency.

  • A daring rescue after dark

    The Alpine Rescue Team of Evergreen is one of five Colorado search and rescue teams that won a Valor Award from a national association, for saving the life of a man with a broken leg near the top of 14,201-foot Crestone Needle, one of the most dangerous peaks in Colorado.

    The peak is 56 miles southwest of Pueblo, or about a five-hour drive from Evergreen.

    “People die on it every year. It’s very steep,” said Paul “Woody” Woodward, who was on the rescue mission July 27-28, 2009, along with eight other members of the Alpine Rescue Team.

  • A hail of a storm

    The hail that ripped into Evergreen last Friday was pea-sized and slushy, for the most part. But in some areas the precipitation was pebble-sized and icy, generating dozens of calls to insurance agents about dented cars, chipped window frames, battered decks, broken skylights and pockmarked siding.

    The damage in Evergreen was moderate, considering the amount of hail that came down. The extent of the roof damage is hard to evaluate until the adjusters get a chance to inspect the aftermath, insurance agents said.

  • Kaiser to open medical office on Evergreen Parkway

    Health provider Kaiser Permanente of Colorado says it will open its new medical office in Evergreen in an office complex that houses U.S. Bank and Nick’s Pro Fitness at 2942 Evergreen Parkway.

    The space will have 4,900 square feet on the first floor and will open in the fall. Kaiser first announced its intention to move into the Evergreen market in February.

    The new office will focus on primary care services, including internal medicine and family practice. There will be two physicians at first, with room for a third in the future.

  • Kind souls team up to fix immigrant’s broken body

    In his native Myanmar, So Reh had two serious strikes against him.

    The first was the current regime’s iron-fisted attempts to coerce social harmony within its troubled borders. As a practicing Christian, the married father of four was effectively disqualified from all but the lowest-paying jobs, forcing him to choose between abandoning his pacifist beliefs for military service, or letting his family go hungry.

  • 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.