Local News

  • Schools put property-tax increase on November ballot

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • Echo Mountain Ski Area for sale

    The owner of Echo Mountain Ski Area has announced that the Squaw Pass attraction will be sold through a sealed-bid auction this summer.

    Racebrook, the New York-based private investment firm that owns the ski area, said in a news release Thursday that the bids will be due Aug 2. Echo Mountain, which has one chairlift and about 80 acres of developed terrain, opened in 2006.

  • More than 100 animals seized from Laughing Valley Ranch

    More than 100 animals were seized this week from the Laughing Valley Ranch southwest of Idaho Springs, whose owner, Bill Lee, is beloved locally for his portrayal of Santa Claus.  

    On Wednesday the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, along with 13 other agencies, seized geese, dogs, llamas, rabbits, mules, horses, goats, sheep, a pony, alpacas, cats — and reindeer. Officials indicated there were concerns about the animals living in unsanitary conditions.

  • School board votes to put tax increase on ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put two property-tax increase questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voter approval of both would mean a net $40 annual increase in taxes on a $250,000 home.

    County residents will vote on a mill-levy increase that would generate $39 million and a bond issue that would allow the district to borrow $99 million.

  • Hard Hats & High Heels event to benefit Habitat project

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity’s fifth annual Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser takes place at a private home in Evergreen’s Soda Creek neighborhood on Saturday, June 9, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    The Sprouts of Evergreen Dental Group have offered their home for the event, which will raise funds for two Habitat families selected for a duplex home.

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  • Evergreen farmers markets sprout for the season

    If it’s summer, then it means Evergreen’s two farmers markets are gearing up.
    Both markets — in Bergen Park on Tuesdays and in downtown Evergreen on Wednesdays — start this week and run through September. This year, both are sporting new vendors and more activities to make them family friendly.

  • Trout Unlimited honors Ellis for work with youths

    Evergreen native John Ellis smiles as he talks about his love of fishing, which has led to a recent award.

  • Evergreen Rodeo rounds up an Olympic theme for 2012

    The 46th annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday, June 16, will feature an Olympics theme that includes a world-class gymnast serving as grand marshal.

  • Going down the river with knowledge

    Along with information about running rivers and fishing, the updated "Dinosaur River Guide" by Loie Belnap Evans and Buzz Belnap of Evergreen offers historical and geological insights into northwestern Colorado.