Local News

  • Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items

    • Jeffco Open Space will be working with a contractor on a restoration project at the former Elk Meadow dog park. During its Feb. 6 hearing, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $114,000 contract with Western States Reclamation, Inc., for design and construction services. Open Space anticipates it will take three years to completely restore the site. For the first few months, the contractor will help JCOS understand the ecology and water flow. The agency doesn’t anticipate any heavy land work until the fall to minimize impacts on the nearby stream.

  • Elk Creek student advances to state bee

    The Conifer area spelling bee started with a “welcome” and ended with a “ricochet.”

    For the first time in several years, an Elk Creek Elementary School student won the Conifer-area spelling bee and will compete in the state bee on March 10.

    Fifth-grader Bobby Roy won the Feb. 6 spelling bee at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Bobby beat out 13 other competitors from Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jefferson Elementary, including runner-up Matthew Adams, also an Elk Creek fifth-grader.

  • EPRD starts boxing class for people with Parkinson's disease

    As “Eye of the Tiger” blasted through the speakers, four boxers and their instructors marched in place. The floorboards of the rec center studio trembled under the strength and determination in their strides.

    At the end of their warm-ups, they worked the bags — first the heavy bags, then the speed bags. After that, two boxers did abdominal workouts and stretches on the floor, while the other two stacked and unstacked cups.

    A little unorthodox, perhaps, for a boxing class.

  • Middle-schoolers take on reasons for bullying in original show

    Imagine putting nine middle-schoolers into a room and asking them what they want to write a theatrical play about. Who would think they would tackle bullying and the causes behind it?

    The students in StageDoor Theatre’s Play to Stage program will perform “Mindless” on Friday and Saturday. They wrote the play, developed the characters, created the costumes and are in control of the show because that’s what Page to Stage is all about.

  • EAPL thrives for 37 years

    It was April 1981 when a couple veterinarians and a handful of people made an effort to rescue lost and unwanted animals in the Evergreen area.
    Since then the Evergreen Animal Protective League has flourished, beginning with the placement of 300 animals a year and ending with more than 1,000 lives rescued this past year.
    The organization has been responsible for saving a plethora of species, including birds, rabbits, rats, pigs, sheep and, of course, cats and dogs.

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  • Reward increased to $20,000 in Maggie Long case

    Law enforcement officials, in their first public address since confirming the death of Platte Canyon student Maggie Long at her family’s home in Bailey in December, have increased the reward being offered in the case to $20,000.

    In addition, officials confirmed that a burglary took place the night she was killed. A safe, firearms and small jade statues were stolen from the home off Highway 43. Officials also clarified that the collection of DNA samples last month was not completed at random.

  • West Jeff principal wins award

    West Jefferson Elementary principal Wendy Woodland has been honored with a national 2017 Healthy School Hero award from Action for Healthy Kids, an organization focused on childhood health through partnerships with schools and educators across the country.

  • Jeffco school board to pilot new meeting schedule

    The Jeffco school board will start experimenting in March with a new meeting schedule that will see study sessions and special meetings added to the Monday following a regular Thursday night board meeting.

    Discussed briefly at the Jan. 25 board meeting, the new schedule is meant to better accommodate board member schedules, as well as offer community members who may not be able to attend an evening meeting another opportunity to observe board activities.

  • Jeffco schools could receive $30 million in new state funding

    Recent revisions to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2018-19 state budget could land Jeffco Public Schools nearly double what it received in new state funding last year.