Local News

  • Ken Berry appears in court with new attorney

    A new lawyer, Daniel H. Kyser of Denver, appeared in court Jan. 19 on behalf of Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud. Berry was in court for a scheduled arraignment hearing.

    With a new lawyer involved, District Judge Tamara S. Russell agreed to postpone the arraignment until 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 to give him time to read his client’s file.

    The arraignment originally was scheduled for Dec. 21, then postponed to Jan. 19, when Berry’s lawyer, John Tinder, withdrew because he said he hadn’t been paid as promised.

  • Group endorses Maes for governor

    Dan Maes of Evergreen, a Republican candidate for governor running against Scott McInnis for the GOP nomination, has been endorsed by the national Independence Caucus, which opposes “unsustainable spending” and supports constitutional limits on government authority.

    “Maes differentiates himself from his rivals by stressing his business background and executive experience, while not downplaying the value of political skills and knowledge,” the Independence Caucus states in its news release endorsing Maes.

  • North Evergreen trail lands $300,000

    More than $1 million has been dedicated to three major trail construction projects in Jefferson County in 2010 — including the NEAT trail in North Evergreen.

    Also funded were the Sutton Road trail in Aspen Park and the Sixth Avenue frontage road trail in Lakewood.

    If that seems like a lot of money for one year, that’s because it has been some time since county commissioners committed that much in one lump sum to trails.

    The money comes from the Conservation Trust Fund, which is funded by Colorado Lottery money.

  • Charter school wants modular units to become permanent

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is asking authorities for permission to keep the three modular structures that the school promised to remove by 2012.

    There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Evergreen High School auditorium at which the board of directors is expected to discuss the plan. The meeting is open to the public.

  • A colorful fund-raiser: Students from Rocky Mountain Academy blend history, art for auction

    The vivid hues of red, blue and orange are a trademark of the acrylic paintings of Taos, N.M., artist Malcolm Furlow.

    Those same vivid hues accent the reproductions that fifth-graders in Amber Lichfield’s class at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have painted in the last two weeks.

    The fifth-graders’ work will be sold at the school’s fund-raising dinner Friday, Feb. 19, at Evergreen Country Day School, 1093 Swede Gulch Road. Tickets are $60 per person.

  • The Place to be: Former Carpet Exchange building to host businesses, coffee shop, nonprofits

    The Place is going to be about miracles.

    That’s the description Dean Dalvit, owner of EV Studios, gave for the project going into the old Carpet Exchange building on Meadow Drive. Dalvit’s architectural firm designed the space for The Place.

    There’s no easy way to describe The Place. It’s part community center, part business center, part training area, part coffee shop. It will be for nonprofits and small businesses, for teens to hang out, and for struggling families to get a hand up.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

    Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.

  • Park district to hold special meeting Tuesday night

    A special meeting of the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the EPRD administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway.

  • Dog beloved by GIs reunited with new family in Jeffco

    Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

    “She’s home safe and now playing with a rope toy,” said Sarah Flint, Shawn’s sister. “She was glad to see my mom and dad.”

  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.