Local News

  • Marshdale Park playground closes for renovations

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has closed the playground area at Marshdale Park to replace the equipment and make improvements to the walking path.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, the playground area is expected to be closed until early November. However, she added that depends on the weather.

    The playground replacement is one of the district’s 2016 creative improvement projects, and it secured a $95,000 grant from Jeffco Open Space toward the effort. The project is expected to cost $285,000.

  • For new King-Murphy principal, ‘it’s all about relationships’

    It’s 8:10 a.m. on a recent Thursday at King-Murphy Elementary School, and interim principal Joe Majeski stands in front of the school, greeting students as they get off the buses.

    He gets hugs from a few students, tousles a few heads and tells many of them, “Be smart. Be polite today.”

    Majeski always begins and ends the school day with bus duty, and he makes sure to check in with bus drivers to make sure the trips went smoothly. He also greets parents who drove their children to school.

  • More delays in Evergreen Parkway paving

    About half of Evergreen Parkway still will be repaved this fall as planned, with the remainder to be paved in the spring.

    According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the work also will include putting in a bike lane and creating a shoulder near King Soopers. CDOT officials have said working out the agreements to widen the road there has delayed the project for nearly a year.

  • High lead levels found at five mountain schools

    Five Jeffco schools in the mountain area have at least one water source with high lead levels, according to new test results released by the district.

    As of Sept. 16, Bergen Meadow Elementary, Marshdale Elementary and Evergreen Middle School in Evergreen, as well as Elk Creek Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer, all have at least one water source with unsafe levels of lead.

  • Fire district formulating maintenance plan for Station 1

    Last month, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board abruptly voted to table the multimillion-dollar bond issue it promoted all summer. Now the board’s president says there was too much to do in advance and it isn’t the right time to ask voters for the money.

  • Mountain area fire departments ratifying mutual-aid agreement

    Thanks to a new intergovernmental agreement, residents in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas soon will have the benefit of multiple agencies being notified of and responding to medical and fire emergencies.

  • Evergreen cat confirmed to have plague

    Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian.

    Public Health said it is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where the disease is circulating.

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser gears up for eighth year

    It’s time to set free your inner artist as area residents paint bowls for the eighth annual Mountain Bowls fund-raiser for the Mountain Resource Center.

    The bowls will become gifts at the meals to thank participants for helping provide food for area families in need.

    MRC officials hope more than 200 bowls will be painted between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to decorate a bowl. More than 400 bowls are already prepared for the event, now in its eighth year.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into Aspen Peak Cellars

    A tractor-trailer crashed into a Bailey winery early Tuesday morning, rendering the building a total loss.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, a truck carrying bottled water was traveling south on U.S. 285 and failed to negotiate the turn at Crow Hill. It crossed the northbound lane and slammed into Aspen Peak Cellars just after midnight.

  • I-70 bike trail to open Friday

    The bike trail along I-70 from Genesee to Evergreen is expected to open this week.

    Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said the trail is expected to open on or around Friday. The construction crew has built a path, including a pedestrian bridge, along the north side of I-70 near the Buffalo Overlook that connects to Evergreen Parkway.

    In this way, Wilfong said, bicyclists will not have to use the I-70 shoulder to travel between Genesee and the parkway.