Local News

  • I-70 reopens from Morrison to Genesee; dog park meeting postponed

    Snowy conditions made commutes on I-70 near Lookout Mountain treacherous on Thursday afternoon, causing several accidents and closing the highway. While lanes in both directions had been closed earlier between Golden and Genesee for accident cleanup and road treatment, all lanes had reopened as of 6:15 p.m.

    CDOT reported earlier Thursday afternoon that two separate crashes on westbound I-70 at the Chief Hosa exit briefly closed one lane of the highway. Shortly afterward, all westbound lanes were closed from Golden to Genesee because of winds and snow.

  • EFPD again delays decision on adding solar panels to stations

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District has again delayed a decision on whether to add solar panels to several of its fire stations to reduce energy costs — favoring instead further exploration of other energy-saving measures.

    At a meeting Feb. 14, board members cited a desire to implement “low-hanging fruit” such as LED lighting, light sensors and other energy efficiencies to defray the short-term and long-term cost of installing photovoltaic panels at several of the district’s fire stations.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jefferson County schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Fitzsimmons Middle School’s interim principal to become permanent

    The Platte Canyon school board last week unanimously approved the appointment of Ginger Slocum as the permanent principal of Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, roughly six months after she replaced former principal Rim Watson on an interim basis.

    According to Platte Canyon Superintendent Brenda Krage, Slocum bested almost a dozen other candidates and was one of four finalists interviewed by several committees and community members.

  • Winterfest returns to Conifer this weekend

    Conifer’s fifth annual Winterfest celebration returns Saturday, and while the National Weather Service can’t confirm whether Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance, the festivities will go on regardless.

    According to Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Mount Lugo Luge tubing competition at Meyer Ranch Open Space, while other activities will run until 4 p.m. at Aspen Park Village — even if warm weather postpones the tubing and snowman carving until another day.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve security enhancements for admin side of courthouse

    In response to recent incidents of intimidation against county employees and anti-government demonstrations, Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a personnel request from the Sheriff’s Office to add two full-time deputies to patrol the administrative wing of the Jefferson County courthouse.

  • Vancouver teen in Evergreen to star in 'Billy Elliot'

    No. 158.

    Maurice Kimball IV is the 158th boy ever to play Billy Elliot in the eponymous musical.

    Kimball, 14, first was an understudy for and later played Billy after winning a nationwide audition last year in Cleveland, Ohio. Now he is portraying the character once again in the Evergreen Chorale’s production of “Billy Elliot,” which opens Friday and runs every weekend until March 12 at Center/Stage.

  • Wilmot fourth-grader has the write stuff

    Being an author requires merely “imagination, pencil and paper,” says author and Wilmot Elementary fourth-grader Johnny White.

    Johnny, 10, was part of a mini book tour at Wilmot on Feb. 14, reading from and signing copies of his first book, “Martin Flint and the Enchanted Mirror.”

    Johnny said he wrote the book over five or six months, and he and his family members published it through Amazon.com in late December.

  • 'Friendship soup' warms the heart

    Two women are providing easy-to-make, high-protein soup packets to patrons of the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank.

    Donna Kautzman of Evergreen said she got the idea to make the “friendship soup” packets when her church had a community challenge, in which people received $25 and were asked to reinvest it into the community.

    Kautzman used the $25, as well as about $100 of her own money, toward making packets of ingredients.

  • Colorful event raises funds for school technology

    Thanks to an afternoon of running last Wednesday and the help of several hundred parents, family members and friends, Elk Creek Elementary students raised more than $20,000 to buy new technology for their classrooms.

    The fund-raiser — named the Rainbow Run — asked students to run or walk as many laps around the school as they could in a 40-plus-minute span. Many youngsters had sponsors donate money for each lap completed.

    This was the school’s first time doing the Rainbow Run, staff members said.