Local News

  • Park district explains details of survey process

    Neighborhood groups said they felt better about the park district’s upcoming community needs survey after hearing the board’s response to their concerns at a park district board meeting Feb. 23.

    After the Feb. 9 joint meeting with the Center for the Arts board, some neighbors were worried the parks board had already decided to go forward with the arts/community center, without regard for the results of the future community survey.

  • Goldbach not running for fire board

    George Goldbach has decided not to run for another term as a member of the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Goldbach was first elected to the board in Nov. 13 in the recall election as a replacement for former board president Phil Shanley. He ran uncontested in a polling-place election May 6, 2008, and was re-elected.

  • Competing state Senate candidates play similar tunes

    Two candidates for Senate District 16, which includes Evergreen and Clear Creek County, faced off at a candidates’ night Feb. 25 at a Hiwan Country Club event sponsored by the Mountain Republican Women’s Club.

    Despite the icy roads and snow, about 75 people turned out to hear the two candidates, Tim Leonard of Evergreen and Mark Hurlbert of Breckenridge, work their way through about a dozen questions solicited from attendees.

  • Expert discusses visitor policy at area schools

    Metal detectors are not the way to improve school safety — the answer is old-fashioned supervision, awareness and common-sense procedures like keeping unexpected visitors out of the building, said Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services of Cleveland.

    Contacted Feb. 24, it was too early for Trump to have all the facts about the Deer Creek Middle School shootings, but he had some suggestions on what parents and school administrators can do to make schools safer.

  • Democrat surfaces in state Senate race

    A Democrat from Gilpin County has launched a campaign to succeed Democrat Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne, the incumbent state senator in District 16, who is not running for re-election.

    Jeanne Nicholson, a Gilpin County commissioner who has lived in Gilpin County since 1979, announced her candidacy for the job on Feb. 27 at the El Rancho parking lot in Evergreen. Before Gibbs, the seat was held by Joan Fitz-Gerald, a Democrat from Coal Creek Canyon who became Senate president.

  • Young Evergreen actor sets in motion his Hollywood dream

    A 12-year-old Evergreen musician and acting prodigy gave up snowboards for surfboards and is finding his groove in Hollywood as a TV actor and singer in a boy band.

    Jackson Odell has also been signed to a role in an upcoming movie based on the “Judy Moody” book series by Megan McDonald, his mother said.

    Formerly a student at Rocky Mountain Academy and now being home-schooled, Jackson started out in the Evergreen Children’s Chorale and decided he wanted to go into acting. He can sing, dance and play guitar.

  • Shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

    The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, was advised shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday of a $1 million bond and the possible charges against him.

    Eastwood could be charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting, which sent two students to local hospitals, critically injuring 14-year-old Matthew Thieu. Other charges may also be filed, though a spokeswoman for the Jeffco district attorney’s office said she could not comment on any upcoming charges.

  • Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

      Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in Tuesday’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an exclusive interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu will likely be discharged and sent home by Saturday.

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital.

  • School district says rumors of other threats untrue

    The Jefferson County School District is warning parents that rumors on social networking sites about threats to other schools in the district are not true. District officials are urging students to share only information that is factually based.

  • Two students shot at Deer Creek Middle School

    A 32-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon outside Deer Creek Middle School, wounding two students, before faculty members tackled and disarmed him.

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, who is accused of shooting the students with a high-powered rifle, was quickly subdued by faculty members and held down until he was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Math teacher David Benke reportedly tackled the suspect, and at least two other adults assisted.