Local News

  • Journey pastor's hearing before Securities Board rescheduled

    A Colorado Securities Board hearing for a former Conifer pastor in connection with allegations of securities fraud has been rescheduled for Nov. 17, and parties may come to an agreement before the hearing, according to a state investigator.

    Former Conifer resident and pastor Michael Cheshire was ordered to appear before the Colorado Securities Board in connection with allegations of securities fraud that date to his time leading Journey Community Church.

  • Game marathon to benefit Children’s Hospital

    Evergreen resident Rick Spies is planning a second annual fund-raiser with a fun twist to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado on Nov. 7.

    “We’re inviting people to come and play computer games,” he said.

    After last year’s success with the event sponsored by Extra Life, an online gaming community that gathers funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, Spies is eager to host another event.

  • Pathfinders salute law enforcement officers, firefighters

    The Evergreen Pathfinders paid tribute to law enforcement officers and firefighters at an event attended by more than 160 people on Oct. 20.

    Jim Gorman, longtime leader of the civic organization, said he wanted to formally thank Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader, his deputies and Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteers and staff in a public forum.

    “They are the people who are there for us,” Gorman said at the Lake House event. “These people are just amazing. They put themselves on the line for you every day.”

  • Authors bring stories, star power to literary festival

    What do the following have in common: a man on Everest, a former CIA worker, a member of the Resistance in World War II, nuns in California and a female hunting guide.

    All were authors or characters that came to life at the first Rocky Mountain Literary Festival, a locally produced volunteer event held at Mount Vernon Country Club on Saturday.

    The authors all are based in Colorado, and several have ties to Evergreen.

  • School board candidates forum low-key, polite

    While the political storm surrounding Jeffco’s school board election continues to rage, a candidate forum Oct. 13 in Conifer was, in contrast, low-key and civil.

    Eleven of the 13 candidates in the Nov. 3 election appeared at the event at West Jefferson Middle School, which was moderated by Evergreen Newspapers editor Doug Bell and co-sponsored by the newspapers and the Conifer Area Council. For the most part, candidates seemed to lean on their usual talking points.

  • Planning Commission recommends rejection of resident's plan to erect wind turbine tower

    Close to 50 neighbors voiced opposition Wednesday evening to an Evergreen Meadows resident’s plan to erect a 90-foot-high tower for a wind turbine.

    It was after midnight when the Jeffco Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend rejection of homeowner Hans Sinkovec’s plan. Sinkovec declined to comment after the five-hour hearing. The proposal next will be heard by the county commissioners on Nov. 10.

  • Toll for eastbound peak-period lane on I-70 could hit $40

    Homeward-bound skiers could pay up to $40 to use the new 13-mile peak-period toll lane on I-70 this winter.

    State transportation officials approved toll amounts Wednesday for the eastbound toll lane from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels, which is expected to open in December, said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. Officials previously said prices would range from $3 to $30.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Oct. 14 and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Pathfinders to honor law officers, firefighters at town hall

    The Evergreen Pathfinders are planning to honor and thank local law officers and firefighters at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The Pathfinders' Jim Gorman said the purpose of the evening is to  "thank the members of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Evergreen Fire Department for being there for the people in the community, for looking out for our well-being and protection."

  • Local environmental group reaping success with zero-waste initiative

    Working with Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride in July recycled and composted 90 percent of waste generated on the final day of the event, which more than 1,500 people attended.

    “We had a bank of volunteers who monitored waste stations,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of EASY.