Local News

  • Group meets to discuss progress on Albertsons as arts center

    About 25 people interested in the idea of converting the vacant Albertsons supermarket into the Evergreen Cultural Center held a meeting on Feb. 23 at the Tuscany Tavern restaurant.

    The consensus was the project had some support in the arts community, but that there were many obstacles ahead — namely, raising the money, estimated at between $1 million and $5 million.

    There is also the possibility of a competing arts center under the auspices of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Primary election to be mail-in only

    The primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jeffco.

  • Heightened awareness at area schools

    It was business as usual at Conifer schools the morning of Feb. 24, a day after a gunman shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in South Jefferson County.

    Officials at West Jefferson Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary and Conifer High schools did not do anything specific to draw students’ attention to the shootings, but the incident was a grim reminder that teachers, staff and students must be mindful of safety.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shooting

    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings last week at Deer Creek Middle School.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised Tuesday of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court.

  • Music made memorable for King-Murphy students

    Using humor, theatrics and great music, members of the troupe Inside the Orchestra taught King-Murphy Elementary School students about how orchestra music is not so different from the music they usually hear.

    “Orchestra music has the same intensity and energy as hip-hop and rap,” conductor Tom Jensen told the school-wide assembly Feb. 26. Some parts of the music are rough and some are smooth, some are quiet and some are loud, some are happy and some are sad.

  • 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.