Local News

  • School district clarifies figures on possible tax increase

    If voters approve two property tax increases being contemplated by the Jefferson County school board, the likely net increase in taxes on a $250,000 home would be about $36 annually.

    The school board is considering asking voters to increase both the mill levy, which is used to pay for district operating expenses, and to approve the district issuing a bond, which is used for building maintenance and construction.

  • Primary election ballots heading to voters by mail June 4

    Primary election ballots will begin arriving at Jeffco addresses the week of June 4, but there will be very few decisions to make, since there will be few contested races on local ballots.  
    As previously announced, the June 26 primary is an all-mail election this year. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters registered with either the Democratic, Republican or American Constitution parties.
    The deadline to turn in ballots is June 26. The general election will be Nov. 6. The registration deadline for the general election is Oct. 9.  

  • Jeffco Commissioner Rosier faces Lookout Mountain critics on their turf

    A handful of citizens took County Commissioner Don Rosier to task May 22 for his controversial vote to allow the expansion of the Activation Ministries Church on Lookout Mountain.
    Some residents are upset that the larger church will attract more cars to Lookout Mountain Road, a two-lane, designated scenic byway already popular with tourists and a multitude of cyclists, especially on the weekends.
    A citizens group, Lookout Mountain Residents United, has filed a lawsuit against Rosier and County Commissioner John Odom in hopes of reversing the decision.

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  • Reaching out to Japanese tsunami victims

    Evergreen psychotherapists Michael Orlans and Terry Levy recently traveled to areas of Japan where people are still coping with the aftermath of the tsunami that caused massive destruction and fatalities in March 2011.

  • Obscure turkey parts make tasty eating at festival

    Though it might have been a nutty idea, Bert McClung didn’t get a bit testy when talking about how Evergreen’s newest festival came to be.
    “We wanted to try something different,” said McClung, co-chairman of the Evergreen Rodeo Parade.
    And so the idea for the Turkey Testicle Festival was conceived.
    Last Saturday’s event at El Rancho Restaurant was a fund-raiser that benefited the Evergreen Rodeo Association, as well as Bikers Against Child Abuse and the Colorado Mounted Rangers.

  • EPRD green-lights community garden project

    Champagne corks popped during a break at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board’s May 22 meeting to celebrate the board’s decision to move forward with a community garden project at Buchanan Park.

  • First Barks and Belts 5K is June 3

    Evergreen’s first Barks and Belts 5K on June 3 will offer runners and walkers the opportunity to enjoy a flat course with their canine companions.
    The event will raise funds for the Evergreen Animal Protective League and Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer. The course begins and ends at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Village and winds through Bergen Park. To maximize proceeds, there will be no official timing of the event, which starts at 9 a.m. Those participating will receive goodie bags, T-shirts and bandannas for their dogs provided by EAPL.

  • Shaping the future of Wulf Park

    Evergreen residents said they would like to see tennis courts and skate-park improvements, during a community meeting May 23 on proposed Wulf Park projects.

  • Nearby residents protest site of proposed fire training facility

    Neighbors of the proposed Evergreen Fire Protection District training facility voiced strong objections to its location at the May 24 meeting on the project. The site for the $500,000 four-story building is next to Fire Station 2 on Bergen Parkway.
    “I live 100 yards from this and have a front-row view,” said David Hadsell, a resident of The Trails of Hiwan subdivision. “The placement of this is extraordinary.”