Local News

  • Limited changes OK'd on Upper Bear Creek property

    Part of the T Bar S Ranch property on Upper Bear Creek Road in Evergreen could be rezoned from commercial to planned development to allow the owners to make major repairs, maintain five buildings for residential use, legalize the existing residential uses and install a temporary, 6-foot-tall privacy fence about 60 feet long.

    The properties involved are about 2½ miles west of Evergreen on Upper Bear Creek Road. Most are being occupied as long-term rentals.

  • Indian Hills group appeals to park district for financial help

    The Indian Hills Improvement Association is asking the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to contribute more to the Indian Hills community.

    For example, it is seeking $19,000 for repaving the faded parking lot next to the Indian Hills community center, which was built in 1923. The center is being rented less because of the condition of the parking lot, among other things.

  • Patriots, young and old

    The unmistakable sound of young voices singing patriotic songs wafted from the cafeteria at Elk Run Assisted Living on May 27 as part of a Memorial Day program that had the senior residents’ toes tapping and voices singing along.

    Forty-three second-graders from Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen showed their patriotism in the 40-minute program, in which they told a brief history of the United States starting with the colonization of America to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

  • RMAE can keep temporary buildings past 2012

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, a public charter school, will be allowed to keep intact three temporary buildings and consider them permanent, on the condition the buildings be redesigned to comply with local architectural standards in 15 years.

    RMAE officials and the county planning commission reached the agreement at a hearing May 26 at the Jefferson County administration building. The school has nearly 400 students in preschool through eighth grade.

  • Habitat plans Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser

    You don’t need a hard hat to build this home — but you might want to wear high heels. Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity will hold its Hard Hats & High Heels fund-raiser on Saturday, June 12 in Evergreen.

    The event is extra important to Habitat in a year when fund-raising has been a challenge. Blue Spruce is building one home this year instead of two, but funds are still needed for the home of Tammy Marshall and her two children, Cody and Bobbie.

  • Birthday boy nets quite a haul

    A spotlessly clean trash truck and a driver supplied by EDS Waste Solutions were the main attractions at a birthday party for budding environmentalist Connor Howe of Evergreen.

    To celebrate Connor’s 3rd birthday, his parents supplied a bevy of his friends, cupcakes decorated with gummy worms, pizza and soft drinks on the patio at their Hiwan home on Saturday. EDS showed up at 4 p.m. with a stately 15-ton trash truck, backed it up the steep driveway and parked it.

  • Leaky Alderfer House gets advice from energy-saving experts

    The historic Alderfer House is not only an icon of Evergreen’s ranching history, it is a symbol of the astounding energy inefficiency of houses that are more than 50 years old.

    Such old houses can be expensive to heat these days, as the current tenants, John Skeel and his family, are finding out after two chilly winters in the stately yellow wood-frame two-story built in 1945.

    The house is part of the Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park on Buffalo Park Road west of Evergreen High School.

  • Uplifting event: Bergen Valley students learn from high-flying balloons

    Colorful hot-air balloons filled the skies over Bergen Park on May 20.

    Some had polka dots, some had letters, some were in bright shades of pink and green and blue.

    The balloons were the handiwork of fifth-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School. Working in groups of two and three, they made the balloons, which measured about 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, out of eight pieces of tissue paper and glue with a wire ring at the bottom.

    For the kids, it was fun to make them, fill them with hot air and fly them.

  • Slash collection sites

    All sites are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    • June 5 — Indian Hills Fire Department, 4476 Parmalee Gulch Road

    • June 12 and 13 — North Fork Fire Station 1, 19384 Highway 126, Buffalo Creek

    June 19 and 20 - Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73, and Inter-Canyon Fire Department Station #3, 8445 S. U.S. 285, Morrison

    • June 26 and 27 — Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department, 11583 Eden Road, Golden

    • July 17 and 18 — Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73, and Evergreen High School, 29300 Buffalo Park Road

  • Local political rookies triumph at respective assemblies

    Evergreen-based Republican political candidates made surprisingly successful showings at their respective GOP assemblies over the weekend, positioning them well for the November elections.

    In the governor’s race, political neophyte Dan Maes received 1,741 delegate votes to 1,725 for former U.S. congressman Scott McInnis at a GOP party assembly in Loveland on May 22.

    The win means Maes’ name will appear first on the August primary ballot, but history shows that doesn’t guarantee a win.