Local News

  • 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.

    More than 400 pounds of compost and 367 bags of recyclable materials were collected at the conclusion of the ride. And only 90 pounds of waste was sent to the landfill, Emmer said.

  • Proposed wind turbine generates opposition in Evergreen Meadows

    A resident’s plan to build a wind turbine to generate electricity for his house in Evergreen Meadows appears to be drawing substantial opposition from neighbors.

    Hans Sinkovec wants to build a 90-foot-high tower on his family’s 5-acre property. Because the tower would not meet current zoning requirements, a rezoning application will be discussed at a Jeffco Planning Commission meeting at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Hearing Room 1 at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.  

  • IREA moving forward with solar energy project

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association is planning to produce 13 megawatts of energy at a solar generation facility that will be developed northwest of Bennett.

    The IREA board of directors approved a contract with solar developer juwi Inc. for the utility-scale solar project in Adams County on Oct. 6, said IREA spokesman Josh Liss.

  • School board candidates forum scheduled Tuesday evening

    A forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco school board will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.

    The event will begin at 6:30 with candidates manning tables for informal discussions with voters. The formal portion of the evening will start at 7:30, when candidates will make opening statements and then respond to questions prepared by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer Area Council, the sponsors of the event.

    Because of time constraints, no questions will be taken from audience members. The event will conclude at 8:50 p.m.

  • Evergreen man who shot bear cubs appears at courthouse

    The Evergreen homeowner who faces two felony charges after shooting two bear cubs at his home appeared at the Jefferson County courthouse on Thursday morning and was assigned a hearing date of Nov. 13.
    Daniel C. Williams, 50, was not required to appear before the judge in court Thursday, said district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. Accompanied by his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, Williams signed documents acknowledging the charges and received a court date for a hearing on Nov. 13, when his case will be bound over from county to district court, Russell said.

  • Witt seeks ethics investigation of himself

    A recent announcement by Jeffco’s embattled school board president that he is requesting an Independent Ethics Commission investigation into himself to counter allegations of sunshine-law violations likely will lead nowhere since the commission oversees neither the state's Open Meetings Law nor school boards.

    Ken Witt, one of three targets of a recall in the Nov. 3 election, called a news conference Oct. 8 to make the announcement to a room of reporters. 

  • Board's battle over accountability committee continues

    School board members continued their spat last Thursday over the formation of a new district accountability committee, with the board's conservative majority approving guidelines for committee membership.

  • Donors' identities concealed in school board campaigns

    Groups on both sides of the contentious Jeffco school board recall election have employed funding methods that conceal donors’ identities.

    Since efforts to recall conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were launched in late June, Jeffco residents have been inundated with information from both sides. 

  • EHS to celebrate national Blue Ribbon Award

    Evergreen High School is planning a big party for the community later this year to celebrate the school’s earning a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award.

    The award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, names EHS as an exemplary high-performing school. Only 280 public elementary, middle and high schools and 55 private schools throughout the country received the awards.

    EHS was the only public high school in Colorado to receive the award. Private high school Valor Christian also made the list.

  • Evergreen Scout troop helps set bubble-wrap-popping record

    Evergreen Boy Scouts helped set a world record for the most people popping bubble wrap in a given time frame, said Scout leader Mike Thabault. Nineteen Scouts in Troop 888 and accompanying adults took part in the Denver Area Council’s annual Camporee on Sept. 19, at which more than 2,500 gathered to burst the Guinness world record.

    “They had a lot of fun,” said Thabault, who helped pop bubble wrap.

    An important part of the contest was that the participants popped in unison to a cadence set by a rhythmic drumbeat, he noted.