Local News

  • West Jeff students learn energy conservation during competition

    West Jefferson Middle School has won the first round of ReNew Our School, an energy competition among several Jeffco schools, and will receive LED light fixtures in its cafeteria as the prize.

    The middle school started the second round of competition Jan. 1, which will run until May 12, said digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker, who is helping to coordinate the school’s efforts. If the school wins round two, it could receive new lights in either the gym or library.

  • Developer planning low-income housing in El Rancho

    A Denver-based development company is seeking financing for a proposed low-income housing project in El Rancho.

    Medici Consulting Group is looking to acquire a 4.5-acre property at 1055 El Rancho Road and build 54 low-income rental apartments there.

    Josh Russell, a partner at MCG, said the apartments would be available for families earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income, which varies based on the number of people in the household, he said.

  • Engineering firm hired to study issues with Evergreen Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected Muller Engineering Co. of Lakewood to conduct the preliminary engineering study on the closed northern segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail from the dam west along Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues.

    At the EPRD board meeting Jan. 24, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor informed board members that Muller Engineering will be looking at possible short- and long-term solutions for the trail.

  • It was their first rodeo

    In honor of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, a local elementary school on Friday hosted its annual “rodeo” as well.

    The rodeo at West Jefferson Elementary in Conifer doesn’t include live animals, but rather creates obstacles or challenges for kindergartners and their fourth- and fifth-grade mentors to compete in. This year, approximately 60 students participated.

  • Speaker at Evergreen Country Day School will discuss creating ‘culture of dignity’ among kids

    Parents can learn tips on how to be involved in their children’s social lives and to help them navigate social media at a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally recognized author and educator, will speak at 6 p.m. at the school, 1036 El Rancho Road. Wiseman has written several books and has developed a curriculum that teaches students and educators how to take responsibility for unethical behavior. Her organization is called Creating a Culture of Dignity.

  • Music event to aid Springs resident Shelton

    The next Boogie at the Barn in Evergreen will have a new twist: Proceeds will go to Dave Shelton of Idaho Springs, who lost his home in a fire last year.

    Proceeds from the Feb. 4 event, which has become a mountain area music staple since 2012, usually go to area nonprofits such as the Mountain Resource Center, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    This is the first time, according to organizers John and Pandora Erlandson, that they decided to provide assistance to an individual.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: New restaurant fuses Mexican food with family friendliness

    Four-year-old Maya Walker doesn’t quite understand that her name is famous after her parents named Maya’s Cantina and Grill after her.

    Maya didn’t have much to say about her namesake in downtown Evergreen, which had its grand opening this past weekend. However, she likes to visit her dad, chef Kyle Walker, in the kitchen after preschool.

    Never far behind Maya is her younger sister, Millie, 2. Mom Megan Walker is a second-grade teacher at Marshdale Elementary, and Kyle is also a volunteer firefighter with Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Love Is in the Air — win $25!

    The Canyon Courier this week published photos of local couples throughout the print edition of the paper. The reader who finds the couple that has been married the longest can win a $25 gift certificate from Vivian's Gourmet.

    Call 303-350-1037 and leave a message with your answer.

  • Commission approves development at Dino Ridge

    Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a modified rezoning request from Three Dinos LLC that will bring hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff reminds residents of cougar danger

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that three dogs were involved in two separate attacks by mountain lions last week in the Evergreen area. 

    The most recent attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 6900 block of Lynx Lair Road. Two dogs were involved in the attack, and one was killed. The second was placed on 45-day observation and given a rabies booster for precautionary reasons, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.