Local News

  • Designer bird houses make benefit sing

    The stars of the second annual Bird House Bash, a benefit for Evergreen Audubon's Nature Center on Sept. 7, did not disappoint.

    Artistic creativity was exceptional among 19 professionally decorated and fabricated birdhouses available for auction at the evening affair, which included drinks at the Nature Center (or the Warming Hut in the winter) and dinner at the Lake House.

  • Falling rocks injure seven at Red Rocks

    Investigators have not identified a reason for the rock fall at Red Rocks Amphitheatre that injured seven people at a concert by Sound Tribe Sector 9 after midnight on Saturday.

    Four people were taken to hospitals after seven were hit by rocks that fell from Creation Rock on the north side of the amphitheater about 1 a.m. Sunday. The monolith is 300 feet tall.

    There were unconfirmed reports of people climbing illegally on the rocks in that area, which can trigger a $999 fine.

    The rocks came down between rows 20 and 40.

  • Couple issue statement in deck collapse

    A couple who were involved in the deck collapse at the house on Lookout Mountain on Aug. 27 have issued a written statement in response to press inquiries.

    Two people were critically injured when a deck collapsed with about 25 people on it during gathering of close friends at the house built in 1978. The age of the structure is considered the likely cause of the accident.

    The statement is as follows:

  • Blue Spruce Habitat signs lease on park-district building

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is moving from an office building on Buffalo Park Road to the former Blue Creek Family Medicine and Urgent Care building at 1520 Evergreen Parkway.

    Beginning Oct. 1, the nonprofit will occupy the 1,700-square-foot ground floor of the facility, which has been vacant since March 2010. The rental rate is $1,050 a month, according to the draft 2012 park district budget.

  • Local Habitat chapter to build winning house in design contest

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity has been chosen as the first Habitat affiliate in Colorado to build a Habitat home designed by the winner of an architectural design contest.

    "We are absolutely thrilled," said Kathleen O'Leary, executive director of Blue Spruce Habitat. "One of the things the contest focuses on is energy efficiency and sustainability. We want to make sure the houses are designed as well as possible so the owners don't have a lot of energy costs.”

  • Two more candidates running for school board

    Two additional candidates have entered the race for seats on the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education last week, submitting affidavits only a few months from November’s election.

    In District 3, lawyer Preston Branaugh filed documents with the secretary of state, and is running against candidate Jill Fellman, a former Jeffco teacher.

    In District 4, candidate Jim Powers declared his intention to run against former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper.

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  • Classmates, teachers deal with tragic loss

    Students, faculty and staff at Evergreen High School are moving down the difficult road of saying farewell to senior Spencer Page, who died over the weekend of cancer.


    Page, 17, spent a year battling the disease, which started with a tumor in his chest. He died just days before his 18th birthday.

  • Lake Park improvements looking to begin this fall

    Groundbreaking is expected to begin on the Evergreen Lake Park renovations the week of Sept. 26 after the last major lake event, Oktoberfest, packs up the big white tent for the summer.

    The plan is to reconfigure the landscape and install new sod by the middle of November, with a completion date of Nov. 30.

    The modest 2-acre picnic park has grown in stature over the years while becoming a major event venue for the popular summer concert series and events like the Chili Cook-Off, Holiday Tree Lighting and the July 4 Music Festival.

  • Volunteer leader named interim fire chief

    Volunteer firefighter Jeff Ashford, currently the deputy chief of fire operations of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, was named the unpaid statutory interim chief of the Evergreen fire department at a special meeting Aug. 15 of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board.

    The move comes in the wake of the resignation of Fire Chief Garry DeJong, who resigned Aug. 9 after four years on the job. It's not clear whether the EFPD board intends to replace him. DeJong's last day is Sept. 16.