Local News

  • Evergreen chamber names nonprofit, volunteer of the year

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce honored on Thursday organizations and individuals who make a difference in the community.

    At the chamber’s annual honoree celebration, six awards were given:

    • 2016 Nonprofit of the Year: Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice

    • 2016 Leader of the Year: Wayne Parkinson

    • 2016 Volunteer of the Year: Lori Frease

    • 2016 Young Professional of the Year: Kristin Ledgerwood

    • 2016 Ambassador of the Year: Marisa Rodero

  • Jeffco fire restrictions upgraded to stage 2

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has enacted a stage 2 fire ban because of dry, windy conditions.

    This ban, which is more stringent than the stage 1 ban in place since mid-February, prohibits the following:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

    • Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

  • Wildland fire contained on South Wamblee Valley Road

    Six fire agencies contained a wildland fire Saturday evening after it burned 2 acres on South Wamblee Valley Road in Conifer.

    Firefighters planned to remain on hand for several hours on mop-up duty, which involves containing hot spots and ensuring the perimeter is secure, said Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire Protection District.

    The fire at 13600 S. Wamblee Valley Road was discovered about 4:30 p.m. A level 1 evacuation notice for those living within a mile of the fire was in place early on, but it was lifted at 5:30 p.m. 

  • EAS+Y, Evergreen Audubon to show film focusing on health of oceans

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto, for the Courier

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability and the Evergreen Audubon and Nature Center will offer an evening of conservation and sustainability awareness Thursday with a showing of the film “A Plastic Ocean.”

    The event, which is the kickoff of EAS+Y’s 2017 programming, will also feature discussion and light refreshments.

  • Fire chief believes two Elk Creek blazes could be linked to those on Green Mountain

    Two wildfires that burned several acres along U.S. 285 near Windy Point last month may be linked to seven suspicious fires in the Green Mountain area, according to Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • McMinimee's demotion a 'mutual decision'

    Dan McMinimee's early departure from his position as Jeffco schools superintendent last week was ultimately the result of discussions he had with the school board almost three weeks ago. 

    According to board President Ron Mitchell, McMinimee approached the board in mid-February about possibly moving into a different role for the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30. 

  • Dog park supporters, Open Space strike deal to keep some off-leash areas open

    Friends of the Elk Meadow off-leash area announced late Tuesday they have canceled Thursday’s rally in light of a new partnership forged with Jeffco Open Space that will keep a portion of the popular Evergreen dog park open for several years to come.

  • Warm weather ends skating season early

    Evergreen Lake’s ice-skating season is officially over, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District reports.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, this year’s skating season saw 15,000 fewer visitors and approximately $31,000 less in net income than the 2015-16 season.

  • From Rockland to Romania

    A Genesee area church and an Evergreen couple have worked together for several years to ensure Romanian teenagers can attend high school.

    Since 2007 there has been a connection between Romania and Rockland Community Church in Golden, as parishioners have sponsored students from impoverished areas who want to attend high school. Church members have traveled to Romania to visit their sponsored students and work on mission projects, while students and other contacts have visited Rockland to spread the word about the scholarship program.

  • Local author delves into history, co-writing projects

    Upon meeting Evergreen author and Emmy-nominated writer Phil White, one might find him a “genuine, gregarious, hard-working guy with a really cool accent,” his friend Greg Sheffer said.

    White and Sheffer worked together on a television program called “Olathe: The City Beautiful,” for Kansas City’s PBS channel, KCPT. White was nominated as a writer for a program/program feature (non-news) for “Olathe” at the 2016 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Mid-America Emmy Awards.