Local News

  • GOP caucuses kick off grassroots politics Feb. 7

    The first step in the process toward the 2012 presidential election starts with the grassroots American tradition of neighborhood precinct caucuses.

    Proceedings begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, with the Republican Party caucuses. The Democratic caucuses are March 6.

    On Feb. 7 the Jefferson County Republican Party will hold caucuses for four precincts (2162530048, 505, 052, and 053) covering most of Evergreen, not including Hiwan or Conifer, at 7 p.m at Wilmot Elementary. There should be room for 200 to 400 people, said Ed Regalado, district captain.

  • Artists’ co-op suddenly turns uncooperative

    Main Street Fine Art Gallery, an artists' cooperative, has closed temporarily after a difference of opinion over how the art should be chosen and displayed.

    The space next to Beau Jo's in downtown Evergreen opened June 24 as the first home of the Evergreen Artists Association, which is known for sponsoring the annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival in August. (This year’s festival will be on Aug. 25.)

  • School board selects negotiators without public discussion

    The Jeffco school board pushed the boundaries of the Colorado Open Meetings Law on Jan. 19, holding a closed-door meeting, for which no prior notice was given, to select two of its members to negotiate with employee unions.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Anatomy of a fender-bender

  • Motorists escape injury in head-on collision

    No one was hurt in a head-on collision involving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and a 2005 Chevy Impala on Highway 74 east of Meadow Drive about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

    The road was closed in both directions from 3:49 p.m. to 4:23 p.m., while the two cars were untangled.

    The driver of the Chevy, Clifton Funches, 19, of Evergreen was traveling east on Highway 74 when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and hit the Hyundai, driven by Zach Yearout, 16, of Golden, according to Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Scores attend school board meeting to protest music cuts

    Scores of teachers, students and parents flooded the Jeffco Board of Education meeting Jan. 19 to protest cuts proposed in the district’s elementary instrumental music program, forcing the fire marshal to temporarily shut down the meeting.

  • Avalanche kills Evergreen man at Winter Park

    A 28-year-old man from Evergreen was killed in an avalanche while skiing in bounds at the Winter Park Ski Area on Jan. 22, the Denver Post reported Tuesday. Christopher Norris was found in the trees off Trestle Trail on Mary Jane Mountain after friends reported him missing at the end of the day. He was taken to Denver Health East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center at the base of Winter Park.

  • Morrison officer slightly injured in crash on U.S. 285

    A Morrison police officer was released from the hospital with “bumps and bruises” after his car crashed Jan. 23 on U.S. 285 in Morrison, a police official said.

    Officer Paul Osckel was driving south on U.S. 285 near Colorado 8 about 7:30 p.m. that evening, according to Morrison police Sgt. Joe Leo.

    “He was pursuing a traffic violator,” Leo said. “It appears … he just lost traction and got a little sideways.”

    Osckel’s patrol car did not go off the road, but it may be a total loss, Leo said.

  • Slope envy no more

    Evergreen is getting its own ski and snowboard mountain.
    And though the slope will be just 50 feet tall, it will be substantial enough to stage the first ever Rail Jam Ski and Snowboard competition at Evergreen Lake on Saturday, Feb. 4, in connection with the Winter Festival.

  • There’s a new deputy in town

    When it comes to law-enforcement philosophy, Del Kleinschmidt prefers talking to physical confrontation. "I would rather spend 30 minutes talking to someone than 10 minutes of rolling around on the ground," Kleinschmidt says.

    Kleinschmidt is the new captain of the Mountain Precinct of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He is based in Evergreen at 4990 Highway 73, next to the Evergreen Public Library.

    Kleinschmidt takes the place of Capt. Rob Baker, who retired. Deputy Dale Wizieck is the crime prevention specialist based in Evergreen.