Local News

  • Comments sought on Squaw Pass Road improvement project

    The Forest Service is planning to upgrade 5 miles of Squaw Pass Road (Colorado 103) where it passes through Forest Service land and is seeking public comment as part of the environmental assessment.

    The project area is 6 miles northwest of Evergreen and 4 air miles south of Idaho Springs.

  • Open Space to hold volunteer open house in Evergreen

    Jefferson County Open Space is holding a volunteer recruitment open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hiwan Homestead Museum, 4208 S. Timbervale Drive in Evergreen.

    Prospective volunteers will learn which Open Space program fits their interests and background. Current volunteers and staff will be on hand.

  • Neighbors pack hearing to protest church expansion

    About 200 people packed a Jefferson County hearing room, as well as an overflow room for 80, for four hours on Feb. 1 to hear about a dozen opponents protest a Lookout Mountain church's expansion plans before the planning commission.

    Because of the large number of people wanting to make statements, the hearing was continued until Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:15 p.m. No action was taken. The planning commission makes recommendations, but the Board of County Commissioners is empowered to make the final decision.

  • The 'E' Games: Epic snowfall paves the way for a rad Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake

    The sky above Evergreen exploded with an epic 22-inch snow dump Thursday night, Feb. 2, and all day Friday, just in time to turn what could have been a mud fest into a true Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake.


    The snow turned the first ski-able slope ever constructed on the shores of Evergreen Lake into about 40 vertical feet of respectable performance terrain. Conceived by Geoff Bostwick, the park designer for Echo Mountain Ski Area, the hill emerged with the help of Esco Construction of Evergreen, which trucked in the snow earlier last week.

  • 300 pack hearing on proposed church expansion

    A four-hour public hearing packed with 300 people ended with no recommendation Wednesday night on the proposed expansion of the Activation Ministries International Church on Lookout Mountain.

    The Jeffco planning commission continued the hearing to Feb. 8. That session will also be at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building at 6:15 p.m Additional testimony from individuals will be heard.

  • Mursuli sentenced to 12 years for investment fraud

    Israel S. Mursuli, also known as Steven Mursuli, 58, was sentenced Jan. 30 to 12 years in prison for soliciting more than $1 million from investors in two scams between 2005 and 2009. He was also ordered to pay $886,680 in restitution.

    Mursuli owned Mountain Computers Inc. and Mio Cafe, both of which were in Evergreen.

    A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Mursuli on 28 counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft in May 2011. On Nov. 7 he pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft.

  • Traffic to be stopped at Georgetown Hill on I-70 for rockfall work

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  • Elementary class sizes rated top priority

    Keeping class sizes at elementary schools small should be a top priority for Jefferson County Public Schools, about 60 people attending a budget forum Jan. 28 indicated, saying the school board should leave that area of the budget alone.

    The attendees, including parents, students, school staff and administrators, looked at a list of 82 proposals to cut the district’s budget by $50 million to $60 million over the next two years. They were instructed to list the three items that the board should not touch.

  • Open Space makes $1.1 million in outdoor grant recommendations

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division has recommended giving $818,000 in 2012 grants to five Jeffco cities, pending approval of the Board of County Commissioners.

    The division also recommended that six nonprofit community groups be awarded $99,400 in Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery) money in 2012.

    In addition, Open Space staff recommended distributing $241,000 in lottery funds to seven recreation or metro districts, including Evergreen Park and Recreation.