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  • Teachers on parade

    Teachers at Evergreen Middle School have put a creative spin on the new school year.

    On Monday, they decorated cars and drove them parade-style to Evergreen’s elementary schools and Evergreen High School to start the new school year on a high note. School starts on Aug. 17.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • Canadian dies during Red Rocks Century bike ride

    A Canadian man died Saturday morning in Evergreen while riding in the Red Rocks Century bicycle ride.

    Bohdan Juzkiw, 66, apparently crashed near Little Cub Creek and Stanley Park roads during the ride, according to bystanders. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office.

    While witnesses initially thought the man had suffered a heart attack, the coroner’s office found otherwise.

  • Local woman collapses, dies after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks

    A 59-year-old Evergreen woman collapsed and died Monday, Aug. 3, after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks.

    Linda Appleby died of a heart attack after climbing the two popular fourteeners, said her husband, Donald Appleby. The couple and their daughter Jessica, 32, were celebrating Donald Appleby's 60th birthday, he said. "Fourteeners" are peaks with summits higher than 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway reopens

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake to the top of the mountain reopen Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Tom Hushen’s legacy continues with bluegrass festival

    The green hills of El Pinal will echo with fiddle and fellowship on Aug. 22 as Tom Hushen’s last great idea takes the stage at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

  • Teachers, school district to resume contract talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union will head back to the bargaining table this week after a disagreement over the contract’s length stalled bargaining for more than three weeks.

  • Charge for toll lane could be 'in $20 to $30 range'

    Toll lane charges may be "in the $20 to $30 range" on a 13-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 70 during peak weekend periods this winter, according to a state transportation official.

    "One of the biggest shocks to the population might be the toll range — it's possible that the upper end … is in the $20 to $30 range," Peter Kozinski, the Colorado Department of Transportation official, told Clear Creek's county commissioners on July 28.

  • South Jeffco teacher continues efforts at school in Kenyan village

    Five years after a humble beginning with five students and a chicken coop for a classroom, a South Jeffco teacher has helped establish a school in Kenya that 122 youngsters now attend.

    Julie Donohue Manuel, a first-grade teacher at Shaffer Elementary School, has worked at the school during her summer break for the past five years. She also has raised funds for the school and other projects benefiting the Maasai community in Kenya.

    “What we do every year is basic,” Julie told the Pathfinders in Evergreen on July 22.

  • Mental health center offering course to help recognize problems

    The Jefferson Center for Mental Health is offering a one-day course designed to help people recognize mental health problems and assist people in crisis on Friday at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

    The free eight-hour Mental Health First Aid class, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will teach participants how to identify signs of mental health problems and assess crisis situations. The course will cover the impact of mental health and substance abuse disorders and provide information about local resources for assistance.