Local News

  • Evergreen’s Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis on Tuesday in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign was tantalizingly close to victory, but the race was still too close to call. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Driver who hit cyclist released to probation

    The Evergreen man who was driving drunk when he hit a cyclist on Evergreen Parkway last August is being allowed to leave prison after 120 days.

    Jeffrey Detlefs, 58, will be on probation for nine years and is forbidden to either drink or drive.

    The victim of the accident, Rex Hegyi, was thrown 125 feet and landed on the pavement. He spent 26 days in the hospital with five broken vertebrae, 15 broken bones, a shattered shoulder and a broken pelvis.

  • House cat in Pine dies of bubonic plague

    A 6-year-old domestic cat from Pine died July 28 of a confirmed case of bubonic plague.

    “It’s not a very common thing. I’ve never seen it before,” said Dr. Kevin Inman of Family Veterinary Hospital at 3951 Evergreen Parkway. The owners brought the cat to the clinic on July 26 after it was found unconscious on their back steps.

  • Open Space plans meeting to consider fence alternatives

    The Jeffco Open Space Division has decided not to build a mile-long fence in Evergreen Park Estates and instead will solicit more input from community members before making a final decision.

    One alternative is to install boundary markers every 300 feet, Open Space Director Tom Hoby said in an Aug. 6 letter to the neighborhood. The original plan was to start building a fence at the end of July.

    Tom Hoby said he walked the fence line Aug. 4 and observed the conditions.

  • District to unveil results of needs survey Aug. 17

    The survey is the first of its kind the district has conducted. Many residents are looking forward to the results to get an idea of the extent of public support for a standalone arts center building and other projects inside Buchanan Park.

    The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail.

  • Safety seats now mandatory for children under 8

    Jackie Mohr, a mother of three and the executive director of Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer, is happy to know that more children will be protected by seat belts and booster seats after a new state law took effect.

    As of Aug. 1, any child under age 8 has to be protected in a car by a child safety seat. The previous age was 6. Failure to obey the law could result in a minimum $82 fine. Law enforcement officers can pull over a vehicle if they see a child not safely restrained in a child car safety seat.

  • Rodeo at Jeffco Fairgrounds cancels tail-dragging event

    Promoters of a Mexican rodeo scheduled Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds have canceled a controversial event in which bulls are forced to the ground by their tails.

    The American Humane Association, an animal advocacy agency, had said it was pursuing an injunction to prevent the coleadero event, which the county had refused to block.

    “We’re very pleased that the promoters have adjusted their event schedule and did something that’s right for everyone,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • Brush fire burns 74 acres on Hogback

    About 74 acres of the Dakota Ridge Hogback burned in a brush fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday near C-470 south of the Morrison Road exit. The cause of the blaze still was undetermined as of Tuesday morning.

    Strong winds fanned the flames and pushed the rapidly growing fire south. Authorities had closed eastbound C-470 at I-70 by 5 p.m. Monday because of fire equipment being sent to the scene.