Local News

  • EAS+Y offers annual holiday tree recycling

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability is planning its annual holiday tree recycling on Jan. 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73.

    People can bring their live trees to the site, and volunteers will collect them at no charge. However, donations are welcome and appreciated, said EAS+Y member Tupper Briggs, who is coordinating the event.

    All tinsel, ornaments and stands should be removed from the trees before they're brought to the site for recycling. Only natural trees can be accepted.

  • Action against former Journey pastor won’t be refiled

    The state agency that sought to have a former Conifer pastor banned from selling securities in Colorado will not refile the action in an administrative court, staff said several weeks after the original case was dismissed.

    Former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire was accused of securities fraud related to a bond offering the church made in 2013; state investigators sought to have him banned from selling securities in Colorado again. The church — which no longer exists — was also named.

  • Card ‘skimmers’ found at Safeway in Conifer

    Card “skimmers” were found on PIN transaction devices at several Colorado Safeway stores — including in Conifer, a company spokeswoman has said.

    Safeway spokeswoman Teena Massingill said the devices, which are designed to collect information from the magnetic strips on the back of credit and debit cards, were found by staff members during regular inspections in November and were quickly removed.

    “There was a very small impact to our customers,” Massingill said.

  • Family sues over death of Jeffco inmate

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • Evergreen Lake open for ice skating

    The ice is sufficiently thick for skating at Evergreen Lake. 

    “We just hit the 12-inch mark,” Brad Bednar, Lake House manager, said Wednesday.

    On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the rinks will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Before coming to the lake for skating, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District advises calling the skating hotline at 720-880-1391. For more information on fees for skating and equipment rentals, visit the EPRD website at www.evergreenrecreation.com.

  • Ice-skating season opens Wednesday at Evergreen Lake

    The ice is sufficiently thick for ice-skating season to open at Evergreen Lake on Wednesday. 

    “We just hit the 12-inch mark,” said Brad Bednar, Lake House manager.

    The ice rinks will be open for skating and hockey playing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the rinks will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Jeffco planners approve updated community plan for Evergreen

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has approved an updated community plan for Evergreen that includes activity centers and areas of stability to define the town's character. The plan will be incorporated into the county’s master plan along with those from other communities.

    All policies that are redundant are being removed from individual community plans to create one streamlined plan, said Russell Clark, Jeffco senior planner.

  • Take a walk on the wild side

    Staunton State Park will continue its annual tradition of welcoming the new year with a variety of First Day Hikes on Jan. 1

    The educational hikes, with varying distances and degrees of difficulty, will be led by knowledgeable volunteers who are passionate about the park. The trips will range in distance from 1.5 to 11 miles and will depart throughout the day.

    Winter hiking can be intimidating for some who fear getting lost in the snow, but the guides are skilled and the trails well marked, said Staunton manager Zach Taylor.

  • Trial by fire

    Diane Dodge got an early Christmas present last weekend: Her home on Buffalo Park Road is still standing despite a fire that destroyed an attached shed containing a boiler and water heater.

    Dodge considers herself very lucky.

    She’s lucky that smoke detectors in her home were working and that she has kept three fire extinguishers in the house for years.

  • DA won't file charges in alleged threat at EHS

    A teen arrested after a threat resulted in a lockdown at Evergreen High School will not be charged with a crime, according to the district attorney’s office.

    The 16-year-old student, who was taken into custody Dec. 10 after classmates reported the threat to school staff, didn’t represent a threat to the school, said DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.