Local News

  • Power restored to IREA, Xcel customers in foothills

    Power was restored to about 4,800 IREA and Xcel Energy customers from Tiny Town in Morrison to Bailey about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    A fire had damaged an Xcel transmission line and pole, causing power to be lost Sunday night, according to an IREA news release. 

  • Negotiations on teachers' contract stalled

    The negotiating teams for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union are each waiting for the other side to make the next move after bargaining stalled two weeks ago over contract length.

  • Jeffco inmate who was found unconscious committed suicide

    A Jeffco jail prisoner who was found unconscious in his cell last week and died a day later committed suicide, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

  • Ducks ready to take the plunge

    Thousands of yellow ducks are flocking to the sixth annual Dam Ducky Derby this Saturday in downtown Evergreen.


    Many of the chubby little plastic fellows have been spoken for by people who have purchased tickets and therefore entered them into the event. Others are still waiting to be chosen for the race to the finish line along Bear Creek where winners will be declared and cash prizes awarded.

  • Annual Bootstraps Winefest to feature Colorado winemakers

    More than 20 Colorado winemakers will offer samples of their creations at Bootstraps' sixth annual Winefest on Aug. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at Buchanan Park.

  • Garden-themed sculpture honors contributions of Evergreen couple

    A sculpture depicting a young girl offering flowers to a gardener is the centerpiece of the newly planted garden at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. This work created by sculptor Ken Ball honors longtime Evergreen resident Louise Mounsey and the memory of her husband, Bill Mounsey, both of whom dedicated much of their time to the betterment of the community.


    “I have great memories, and all are shared here today,” said Louise Mounsey at the unveiling ceremony for the sculpture on Saturday afternoon.

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session.  

  • All about the Beaver Brook Watershed

    “Right now, you’re standing on a success story,” said Jessica Hibbert, seasonal intern for the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    Leading hikers into the Beaver Brook Watershed on a sunny Saturday morning, Hibbert explained that this protected property was at one time at high risk for development.  However, MALT and other agencies worked to preserve 5,700 acres on Squaw Pass Road, which protects a critical watershed and provides recreational opportunities, she said.

  • Kittredge Park improvement project moves forward

    Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade has been selected for the playground improvement project at Kittredge Park, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

    The plan that Schade designed includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for 2- to 12-year-old youngsters. A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in her design. The new equipment will meet ADA standards, Schade noted in her proposal.