Local News

  • Morrison bed and breakfast gutted by early-morning fire

    A fire early last Thursday caused extensive damage at a historic bed and breakfast in Morrison.

  • Wilmot student more than covers her goals in blanket project

    A Wilmot Elementary fourth-grader has taught fellow students they can make a difference in the lives of others. She taught herself that one person can move a school to do special things.

    Kileigh Ackerman, 9, encouraged students to make blankets for patients at Children’s Hospital in Aurora. The kids made 40 blankets at a Friday afternoon blanket-making party recently.

    Last week, she and a friend, along with Kileigh’s mom, Deidre, and principal, Matt Cormier, went to the hospital to drop off the donations.

  • EMS students dance their way onto video

    Evergreen Middle School got into the “Watch Me” dance craze on Friday when 130 seventh- and eighth-graders danced to the song in the gymnasium.

    The dance — choreographed by physical education teacher Mariel Carlin — was recorded by a camera, several iPads and a drone with the intent of creating a music video all EMS’s own.

    The students did the “whip” and the “nae-nae” in addition to sit-ups, jumping jacks, jumps and jabs.

  • EPRD residents could see increase in user fees next year

    The proposed 2016 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District includes increases for participation in many programs.

  • Volunteers create trail at Elk Meadow Park

    More than 60 volunteers worked with Jeffco Open Space staff to transform a well-used informal path into a stable trail at Elk Meadow Park on Saturday. After Open Space staff completed grading for the Noble Meadow Trail, volunteers hauled wheelbarrows filled with finely crushed rock and placed it on the path.

    “It’s hard work, but it’s enjoyable,” said volunteer Hannah Mehsikomer. “I use the trails a lot, and it’s a way of paying back.”

  • Denver Parks closes parking lot at Cub Creek Park

    The parking lot for Cub Creek Park off Brook Forest Road is closed, and some residents are wondering why.

    Cub Creek runs along a small section of park, where people sometimes stop and have lunch or watch the stream flow. However, Denver Parks has closed parking at the park "to de-emphasize its use,” said Bob Finch, director of natural resources for the Denver parks system. People who would like to access the park from Brook Forest Road can park along the shoulder, Finch said.

  • Fire ban announced in Jeffco

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    On Thursday, officials in Jefferson and Clear Creek counties announced fire bans because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in either county must be built in existing fire grates in parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

  • School board recall is OK’d for November election ballot

    Colorado’s secretary of state has approved a Jeffco ballot that will include a recall question targeting the three conservative members of the school board in the Nov. 3 election, according to the county clerk’s office.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco Open Space reflects increase in revenue, expenses

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.
    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeking volunteers to work on trail at Elk Meadow Park

    Jeffco Open Space is seeking volunteers to improve a well-used trail at Elk Meadow Park on Saturday, which is National Public Lands Day.

    The trail beginning at Buchanan Park on Highway 74 and traveling through Noble Meadow is eroded and needs to be rerouted, said Matt Martinez, Jeffco Open Space volunteer services specialist.

    Informally called the “lunch loop,” heavy rains and frequent use by hikers have damaged the trail, which has become widened and braided. Native plants also have been destroyed along the path.