Local News

  • Fire ban in effect in Jefferson County

    A fire ban affecting all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County took effect at 5 p.m. Monday due to the three wildfires that were burning near Golden, Soda Creek and Pine Junction.
    The Indian Gulch fire broke out Sunday. The Soda Creek and Pine Junction fires were extinguished Monday. The fire ban remains in effect until rescinded.
    On Tuesday, Jeffco officials issued a disaster/emergency declaration due to the need for outside resources and the high fire danger.

  • Wind fuels wildfire near Golden

    A wildfire near Mount Galbraith west of Golden grew to 1,200 acres on Tuesday from 850 acres overnight as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze to the area south of Golden Gate Canyon Road. The fire was first reported about 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

  • Grass fire contained in Soda Creek neighborhood

    The wildfire that broke out near South Soda Creek Road and scorched about 6 acres on Monday afternoon, forcing hundeds to flee, came within a quarter-mile of six houses and a horse barn before a wind shift allowed firefighters to contain the blaze.
    “It could have spread to the north and west. If it hadn’t been for the wind shift, it would have taken much longer to contain and control the fire,”  said Evergreen Fire Chief Garry DeJong.

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  • Students lose if district closes outdoor lab schools, principal says

    When David Epp looks around the campus at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, he sees a chance for students to learn without limits.

    “Many times kids have thanked me, genuinely and deeply, (because) they have had the best week of their lives,” Epp said. “I can’t imagine taking it away from the kids.”

    Epp is close to completing his first year as principal at the school, even as news came from the district on March 11 that both the Mount Evans and Windy Peak lab schools might be closed.

  • Groups focus on park district's strengths, weaknesses

    The Wulf Recreation Center is 40 years old and in some respects is antiquated and possibly should be replaced within 10 years, based on some of the opinions that surfaced during focus groups studying the future of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    About 25 people attended a meeting of the park district board of directors March 10 to hear consultant firm GreenPlay LLC talk about the results of the four public focus groups held March 2 and 3 in Evergreen.

  • My Student My Hero: Evergreen’s Haley Rowan a lesson in resilience

    For Evergreen student Haley Rowan, overcoming the chronic pain of a degenerative tissue disease to maintain a 3.92 GPA was a lesson in resilience.

    Rowan was among eight Jeffco Public Schools students to be honored March 12 at the eighth annual My Student My Hero event at Southwest Plaza Mall.

  • Luxury mountain home to be sold to highest bidder

    An impeccably maintained, three-story, fully furnished luxury home in move-in condition with a prestigious Soda Creek address will go to the highest bidder on March 25.

    The Santa Fe-style retreat with panoramic views and a detached tepee-guesthouse is being marketed and sold under the auspices of Concierge Auctions of New York.

    The gated estate about a mile off of Highway 65 on Meadow Mountain Road has more than 10,000 square feet of living space on a secluded 8-acre lot.

  • Egg-decorating contest enters fourth year

    Local residents can celebrate the approach of spring by entering an egg-decorating contest sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association. The deadline for submitting eggs is March 31.

    Proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing activities of the EDBA, such as summer carriage rides, car shows and the Christmas Walk holiday event.

    We aren't talking real eggs, here. This is about painting or embellishing egg-size ceramic objects, which makes the artworks more marketable and collectible.

  • Ambulances to be overhauled

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue will be sending two of its five ambulances into the shop this spring for a complete makeover. The box, or patient compartment, part of the vehicles will be saved. The rest of the vehicle basically is a Ford F-450 dressed up for emergency service.

    The cost of remount is expected to save 30 to 35 percent of the cost of buying complete new ambulances, said Fire Chief Garry DeJong. Both units are about 10 years old, and each has logged about 150,000 miles.