Local News

  • Local Habitat chapter to build winning house in design contest

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity has been chosen as the first Habitat affiliate in Colorado to build a Habitat home designed by the winner of an architectural design contest.

    "We are absolutely thrilled," said Kathleen O'Leary, executive director of Blue Spruce Habitat. "One of the things the contest focuses on is energy efficiency and sustainability. We want to make sure the houses are designed as well as possible so the owners don't have a lot of energy costs.”

  • Two more candidates running for school board

    Two additional candidates have entered the race for seats on the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education last week, submitting affidavits only a few months from November’s election.

    In District 3, lawyer Preston Branaugh filed documents with the secretary of state, and is running against candidate Jill Fellman, a former Jeffco teacher.

    In District 4, candidate Jim Powers declared his intention to run against former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Classmates, teachers deal with tragic loss

    Students, faculty and staff at Evergreen High School are moving down the difficult road of saying farewell to senior Spencer Page, who died over the weekend of cancer.


    Page, 17, spent a year battling the disease, which started with a tumor in his chest. He died just days before his 18th birthday.

  • Lake Park improvements looking to begin this fall

    Groundbreaking is expected to begin on the Evergreen Lake Park renovations the week of Sept. 26 after the last major lake event, Oktoberfest, packs up the big white tent for the summer.

    The plan is to reconfigure the landscape and install new sod by the middle of November, with a completion date of Nov. 30.

    The modest 2-acre picnic park has grown in stature over the years while becoming a major event venue for the popular summer concert series and events like the Chili Cook-Off, Holiday Tree Lighting and the July 4 Music Festival.

  • Volunteer leader named interim fire chief

    Volunteer firefighter Jeff Ashford, currently the deputy chief of fire operations of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, was named the unpaid statutory interim chief of the Evergreen fire department at a special meeting Aug. 15 of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board.

    The move comes in the wake of the resignation of Fire Chief Garry DeJong, who resigned Aug. 9 after four years on the job. It's not clear whether the EFPD board intends to replace him. DeJong's last day is Sept. 16.

  • Mattress recycler quits business before major event


    Mattress recycler quits business before major event

    Mattresses will not be accepted for recycling as was advertised in the 500 fliers the Evergreen Rotary Club had printed up for its annual Fall Recycling Festival, plenty of other recycling opportunities at the Sept. 24 event.

    Organizers were looking forward to taking in old mattresses for the first time this year, but the recycling company went out of business unexpectedly, said Mereth Meade, who is co-chairing the event with Paul Collings of Evergreen Rotary.

  • No bomb found at West Jeff Middle School; students to be returned

    A phoned-in bomb threat prompted the evacuation of West Jefferson Middle School on Thursday morning, but a sweep of the building turned up nothing suspicious.

    Students were bused to Conifer High School as a precaution, but the building was cleared at 9:40 a.m., and students were being transported back to West Jeff.

  • Library porn filters to be in place Sept. 1

    Internet filters to block pornography will be activated on Sept. 1 on all Jeffco Public Library computers, though different standards will be used in controlling content on machines accessed by adults and children.
    Computers used by adult patrons will filter only images deemed pornographic, while those used by children will block websites in their entirety, said Steve Endicott, library information-technology director. Entire sites will also be blocked on computers accessing the library’s wireless signal, regardless of the age of the user, he said.

  • Courier seeking 9/11 memories

    Were you or someone in your family personally affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001? Do you have memories of that day and its aftermath? Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or Vicky@evergreenco.com for an anniversary story that will publish on Sept. 7.