Local News

  • Echo Mountain gears up for opening

    Employees unpacked retail items and put them on shelves as a snow-making machine and a ski-slope groomer put the final touches on the slopes outside.


    It was Nov. 28, just two days before Echo Mountain ski resort was set to open for its sixth season.

    While the parking lot was still quiet, resort officials hope the fledgling ski area will see its biggest year yet with its recent change in focus to families, youths and those learning to ski for the first time.

  • Tree of lights to brighten holidays downtown

    Downtown Evergreen is lighting itself up more like a Christmas tree this year, thanks to Evergreen businesspeople who joined forces to beautify two 30-foot-tall cottonwoods next to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store.

    The light show will be in place in time to illuminate the upcoming 20th annual Holiday Walk on Friday, a free street party and celebration sponsored by the downtown merchants, with activities, entertainment and free stuff for everybody, from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Private parcel in Buchanan Park on the market

    The last remaining piece of private property in Buchanan Park is back on the market, and this time broker associate Rita Hansen is hoping to find a financial angel or angels who want to purchase it and donate it back to the park district.

    Hansen is associated with Intero Real Estate Services, a real estate company owned by Mark Footer, a member of the board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Blaze damages home on Lemasters Road

    A fire caused by ashes left on a wood deck gutted 25 percent of the two-story wood home Monday morning at 4890 S. Lemasters Road on the western boundary of Alderfer/Three Sisters Park off Buffalo Park Road.

    The house was occupied by a family of four, including a newborn, all of whom were not home at the time.

    The fire affected mostly the attic and the roof, while the bedrooms and living areas were saved although are not livable. Victim Assistance of Jefferson County was helping the family find a place to stay.

  • Jeffco losing deputies to agencies with higher pay

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has for years been losing newly trained recruits and deputies to other metro-area police agencies, which employees attribute to a longstanding hiatus of the department’s step-and-grade pay system.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide a specific number of employees who left for greener pastures, other local law enforcement agencies have been luring away deputies since 2007 with offers of better pay, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • A window on students' creativity

    The inaugural Fifth Avenue Evergreen holiday event at Bergen Village on Friday brought the nostalgia of small-town holidays to the area as area students decorated windows in holiday themes.

    Residents strolled through the businesses while a DJ played holiday music. The event was a fund-raiser for the schools' art programs as well as a way for the shopping center to kick off the holiday season.

  • Open Space seeks public input with online survey

    Jefferson County Open Space is interested in the public's opinion on various aspects of the Open Space program. To participate in an online survey, use the link on the Jefferson County Open Space website, http://jeffco.us/openspace.

    The online survey is part of a research project including the Open Space Division’s first-ever random-sample citizen survey that went out by mail to 10,000 residents in October. Questions cover parks, facilities, programs, trails, management, investment of funds, communications and values.

  • Mursuli pleads guilty to four counts in fraud case

    A former business owner in Evergreen who was accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers Inc. and a program he called "18 Percent Money" has pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft.

    Israel S. Mursuli was originally charged with 28 counts of making false statements and theft after being accused of taking more than $1 million from five people in violation of the Colorado Securities Act. A Jefferson County grand jury returned the indictment May 6.

  • Court rejects commission's plan for redrawing lines of state House, Senate districts

    The state Supreme Court on Nov. 15 voted 4-2 to reject the proposed new boundaries of state House and Senate districts and send the maps back to the state Reapportionment Commission because too many counties were split up.

    Under the plan, the shapes of both House District 25 and Senate District 16 would be drastically different and foster the element of "competitiveness" over other factors.

    Every 10 years the legislature redraws the state's political district boundaries to reflect population shifts over the last decade.

  • Grant to help pay for bike racks on Lariat Loop

     With the Pro Cycling Challenge in particular and cycling in general both in the limelight, the Lariat Loop successfully obtained $25,000 to install 25 bike racks at various points along the 40-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

    The grant requires a matching fund contribution of $6,000. The money comes through the Colorado Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration, which is responsible for the Scenic Byways Program.