Local News

  • Community tree undergoes treatment for wind damage

    When the top 4 feet of the “community tree” at Evergreen Lake snapped off in a windstorm a few years ago, Joan Spalding, owner of Spalding Trees, was distraught.

    Now, with a little help from Mother Nature and a bucket truck, Spalding hopes to rectify the flaw, which mars the perfection befitting a tree that has its own bronze plaque carved into a rock.


  • Community embraces teen to help her battle MS

    The Craig family in Evergreen has seen evidence of something they’ve known for 18 years: This is a giving community.

    When the Craigs learned in February that their 14-year-old daughter, Heather, had multiple sclerosis, they were devastated. But the teachers and students at Evergreen Middle School have embraced the family and are doing something to help.

  • Hearing continued until June in Herrin case

    The man accused of the Dec. 29 kidnapping and sexual assault of an Evergreen woman appeared in court on Monday, May 10, for a pretrial conference, which was then continued until June 7.

    Joel M. Herrin of Kittredge pleaded not guilty to the charges April 26. Herrin, 41, is accused of going to the woman’s house Dec. 29 for a housecleaning job and then assaulting her when she tried to leave for work. He has been held in the Jefferson County jail since the day of his arrest under $500,000 bond.

  • Standoff at Evergreen home ends with two arrests

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office took at least two people into custody Monday following an assault on a man late Sunday that led to an hours-long standoff at 28123 Tresine Drive in Evergreen.

    A SWAT team responded to the home after the 54-year-old victim, who resides at that address, reported the assault at the mountain precinct about 10:45 p.m. The man fled the home after being beaten and began walking toward the police station.

  • Serving those who serve: RMAE class assembles care packages for GIs in distant lands

    Colton Meyers lives in Conifer and attends Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, but his heart and mind are far away with the service men and women whose feet tread the sandy soil of distant lands.

    Colton has learned a lot about the military and the hardship soldiers face through his brothers, Army Spc. Jesse Bavender and Marine Sgt. Joshua Bavender, both 22. The twins are Colton’s half brothers.

  • Callahan, Footer, Darrow elected to EPRD board

    Two new faces will join the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, and incumbent Kit Darrow will return, based on unofficial election results late Tuesday.

    About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the unofficial results showed the biggest vote getter was Pat Callahan, with 980 votes. Mark Footer was second with 972 votes. Kit Darrow was third with 896 votes. The three were elected to four-year terms.

  • Cleanup continues on day after fire in Conifer

    On Tuesday, Blackhawk Drive was ablaze with activity; on Wednesday, mop-up operations were slowly continuing after a wildfire that charred 10 to 12 acres in the Conifer Meadows subdivision.

    The blaze ignited late Tuesday morning near Blackhawk Drive, which is off Foxton Road about 3 miles south of U.S. 285.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, said the fire was 100 percent contained and that power had been restored to residents.

  • Incumbents win in West Jeff Metro District board election

    An unofficial count showed Tuesday night that voters in the West Jefferson County Metro District elected three incumbents to additional four-year terms as members of the district board of directors from a slate of four candidates.

    The winners, with vote totals in parentheses, are Robert J. Zavodsky (380), J. Kelly Garrod (307) and Scott W. Smith (301). Guy M. Santo took 158 votes.

  • County hosts primer on Colorado's Open Meetings Law

    Jeffco’s elected officials and volunteers who serve on the county’s 28 boards and commissions were treated to a primer on Colorado’s Open Meetings Law on April 28.

    Media attorney Steven Zansberg presented the program, which the county agreed to host after two commissioners violated the Open Meetings Law last summer when they discussed public business via e-mail.

  • Destination ImagiNation team takes skit to Earth Day Fair

    Helping the environment is an Evergreen priority, and five Bergen Valley Elementary School students have incorporated that priority into a skit to teach others about caring for the planet.