Local News

  • How to vote in park district election May 4

    Eligible voters can vote in person in the park district board election Tuesday, May 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polling places are at Wulf Rec Center, 5300 S. Olive Road, and Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, both in Evergreen. Both facilities are handicap accessible. The Canyon Courier’s interviews with the candidates are available in the Lead Stories section on CanyonCourier.com

    The candidates are Andrew Adamowski, Brett Champine, Pat Callahan, Kit Darrow, Mark Footer, Roger Hoaglund and Barb Scripps. Check the website Tuesday night for the results.

  • How to get a free listing in the Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

    The events must be free or charge a nominal fee, and must be open to the public. Events designed to promote a business are not included in free listings but are welcome in our advertising areas.

  • Coffee with a Cop

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office wants county residents to know it does more than hand out traffic tickets, and officers will be hanging out at coffee shops to talk about that.

    Capt. Pat Woodin and Capt. Robert Baker will hold a series of Coffee With a Cop meetings, during which they set aside two hours to talk with residents about whatever is on their minds.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • Going green: Domes around Evergreen cultivate love for gardening among students

    Greenhouses at four schools in Evergreen are growing a love of gardening, an understanding of where food comes from, and, yes, food.

    The dome greenhouses are part of the curriculum for Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and both campuses of Montessori School of Evergreen.

    The latest 550-square-foot greenhouse was constructed this month at Clear Creek High School. Clear Creek’s greenhouse will not only be used for educational purposes, but it will grow oregano and basil for the Idaho Springs Beau Jo’s restaurant.

  • School board to hear input on boundary change

    Supporters and opponents of a proposal to change the boundary for Indian Hills students to send them to Evergreen for middle school and high school will give presentations before the Jeffco school board on April 29.

    A special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the district administrative offices, 1829 Denver West Blvd., No. 27, in Golden.

    The meeting is being called by the board to keep its promise to Indian Hills and Conifer residents who wanted to provide information about where Indian Hills children should attend school after they leave Parmalee Elementary.

  • Fire destroys cottage near Evergreen Lake; no one hurt

    A house on South Cedar Road near Evergreen Lake is virtually a total loss after a fire broke out in the middle of the night, sending two occupants running for safety with none of their belongings other than a cordless house phone.

    The fire was reported about 1 a.m. April 27. Kemper Smothers, who was renting the home, and his girlfriend, Geri Skeers, escaped the blaze without injury. Smothers had lived there about 10 years. The house was 80 to 90 years old.

    The occupants were sleeping at the time and woke up to the smell of smoke, which had reached the second story.

  • Alpine Rescue will continue to occupy Rainbow Hill building

    The Alpine Rescue Team, which marked its 50th anniversary in September 2009, will continue to occupy its headquarters building on Rainbow Hill Road for 38 more years.

    Alpine Rescue has occupied the landmark building at the convergence of Evergreen Parkway and Interstate 70 since 1990 on land owned by the Foothills Fire Protection District.

    Members of the board of Alpine Rescue recently presented the Foothills board with a framed ice ax to tank them for allowing the lease agreement on the land to continue.

  • Berrys plead guilty in securities fraud case

    Kenneth Gerald Berry and his wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, agreed to guilty pleas April 14 in exchange for reduced charges and avoiding a trial in a securities fraud case.

    At the April 14 motions hearing, Ken Berry agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of theft of $15,000 or more. The original indictment contained 18 total counts. Anne Berry agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud. Three other counts were dismissed.

  • Local land preservationist Bud Simon dies

    Bud Simon, 62, a longtime Evergreen resident known for his volunteer work in land conservation, died in the early hours of April 21 after an eight-month battle with cancer.

    Simon was “hugely responsible” for protecting Noble Meadow at Highway 103 and Evergreen Parkway, said his friend and close associate Mike Strunk, a land conservation specialist with the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    Simon also led the first master plan for Beaver Brook Watershed, which MALT helped to preserve.