Local News

  • EHS named national Blue Ribbon School

    Well, it’s official: Evergreen High School rocks.

    The U.S. Department of Education has named Evergreen’s own Home of the Cougars a 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. EHS is one of three Colorado schools to be so honored, and one of 287 nationwide. The Blue and Gold earned the Blue Ribbon distinction by scoring in the top 10 percent of all schools on state math and reading assessment tests from 2003 to 2006.

  • 'Don Vito' found guilty of sex assault on a child

    Vincent Margera — widely known as Uncle Don Vito from MTV’s “Viva La Bam” — fell to the ground and screamed profanities in a Jeffco courtroom after he was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault on a child.

  • Neighbors fight plan for Bear Mountain meadow

    About a dozen residents of the Bear Mountain Vista subdivision turned out on Oct. 16 to protest local developer Norm Lewis’ plan to subdivide and build four more houses in their 108-home neighborhood.

  • Commissioners OK more homes on Bear Mountain

    The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted against the wishes of some Bear Mountain Vista homeowners and voted 2-1 in favor of re-subdividing a large lot into four lots for four more potential homes. The homeowners group, spearheaded by Margaret Cross, had argued that the number of homes in the subdivision already exceeded the legal number for a cul-de-sac. In voting against the proposal, Commissioner Kathy Hartman cited the fire emergency that erupted in Southern California over the weekend. “People have made a number of judgment calls,” Hartman said.

  • Gas leak spurs evacuations

    A broken natural gas line forced the evacuation of several Bergen Park homes on Tuesday morning and prompted a temporary lockdown at Bergen Valley Elementary School.

    According to Einar Jensen, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, a private contractor working on Black Eagle Drive severed the pipe about 10 a.m. At least 20 firefighters and several sheriff’s deputies responded, and residents living near the site were moved a safe distance away until the leak could be repaired.

  • Middle East experts lead Iran discussion

    In kicking things off at last Tuesday evening’s Evergreen Peace-sponsored political discussion, the event’s organizer, Hannah Hayes, didn’t waste any time setting the evening’s tone.

    "If you’ve never read ‘War Made Easy,’ it explains the ways the media sold us the war in Iraq," said Hayes, addressing a crowd of perhaps three dozen people gathered at the United Methodist Church of Evergreen. "Now I see them doing it all over again. We’re being sold a war in Iran. That’s why we’re here tonight."

  • Fire district incumbents face challengers

    Two fire district directors who are the subject of a recall election defended their records Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, at a candidates night at the United Methodist Church in Evergreen.

  • Skate the Lake to become an all-weather extravaganza

    What with Mother Nature’s disappointing performance last New Year’s Eve, the resilient folks at Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer have come up with a festive plan that should effectively weatherproof the mountain area’s premier holiday blowout.

    “After last year, we didn’t want to ever have a reason to cancel again,” says Drive Smart’s executive director, Jackie Mohr. “This year, it’s the Skate the Lake Winter Festival, and it’ll be a lot of fun no matter what the weather does.”

  • Evergreen Middle School to get $12 million makeover

    When a half-dozen Jefferson County School District officials presented their plans for Evergreen Middle School, they did it in the auditorium. To hear them tell it, that’s about the only room in the school that won’t be turned upside down during the major upgrade scheduled for 2008.

  • Stagecoach Park ready to play

    If anything, the fact that many of those present at Stagecoach Park’s official howdy-do had come on other business made the event more satisfying.

    “I didn’t know there was anything going on,” said Flint Dadian, a Hiwan Hills resident who’d brought his almost-2-year-old, Chloe, for a turn on the swing shift. “We come over here three or four times a week to play on the swings. It’s a great place for her to meet other kids.”