Local News

  • Supporters of separate library district sue Jeffco

    A group of petitioners seeking to create a separate Jeffco library district filed a lawsuit Feb. 24 against the county, alleging that the Board of Commissioners acted outside of the law when it voted to exclude the county from such a system.
    The plaintiff, former library board member Tom Atkins, represents 1,300 residents who earlier signed a petition in favor of a new district. Atkins said the issue could be put before voters this fall.

  • Jeffco school district announces $40 million in cuts

    Nearly $40 million in budget cuts were proposed Friday by Jeffco Public Schools, including closure of two elementary schools, the elimination of 212 jobs and a halt to the sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program.
    All district employees would also face a 3 percent pay cut during the 2011-12 school year, achieved through six furlough days.
    Also proposed are increased fees for transportation and athletic activities.

  • Park board to hold work session Tuesday

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. The announcement was posted March 9. 

    The purpose of the work session is to meet with GreenPlay LLC to provide feedback on the focus group questions and to ask additional questions to prepare for the next stage of the EPRD master-planning process. No motion or vote will be considered. The public is invited to attend.

  • Clock ticking on ice-melt contest

    The end is near for the fifth annual Mountain Foot Hills Rotary club’s Ice Melt Contest, and some fortunate ticket holder will walk away with the first place prize of $1,000.
    Other prizes include $500, $250 and $125 for second, third and fourth place. The official ticket sales deadline is March 17, but the end could come sooner if Mother Nature floats the barrel on Evergreen Lake.   That has occurred in past years as early as March 5 and as late as April 12. The trick is to guess when it will happen this year.

  • Police seek suspect in alleged sex assault at church

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is seeking help in finding a man suspected of entering Evergreen Lutheran Church at 5980 Highway 73 and sexually assaulting a female worker on March 7. The man entered the church about 10 a.m. and told a female employee that he lived nearby but was walking and needed a place to get warm.

    The man went farther into the church, and the employee lost sight of him. About 11 a.m., she noticed he was still in the church. Then she returned to her work and lost sight of him again.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Man receives severe ask-whipping

  • Denver parks chief in running for Evergreen rec district job

    An Evergreen man who currently heads the Denver Park and Recreation Department is a leading candidate for the job of executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Scott Robson has been manager of parks and recreation for Denver since January and was deputy manager since 2007. He is the only one of at least six candidates the board has interviewed in closed meetings to be introduced to the public at large.

  • ‘Pirates’ tread the boards at Rocky Mountain Academy

    The co-directors of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen’s annual middle school musical decided they wanted a challenge this year.
    Rather than the typical musical production, they went for, as co-director Rachel Smith put it, a “crazy, haphazard, roller-coaster ride” that is more than a musical: Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance.”

  • Understanding Obamacare: Town hall meeting outlines basics of complex 2010 law

    Passage of President Obama’s 1,000-page health care legislation in Congress in 2010 was a historic event. The next hurdle is explaining it to the American people, who are understandably somewhat confused about exactly what the law means.

    About 75 people showed up March 1 to “Get the Facts on the Health Care Law,” at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building on Bergen Parkway.

  • Four focus groups eye pluses, minuses of park district

    Focus groups totaling 100 people met on four occasions March 2 and 3 to share their opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The district is seeking information as part of creating a 10-year master plan, a process that began earlier this year.

    The EPRD is largely known for its two rec centers, a wealth of exercise classes, the Lake House, summer paddleboating and winter skating. Properties include the Marshdale synthetic-turf fields, Stagecoach Park and Buchanan Park, site of the veterans commemorative walk.