Local News

  • Express lane improves summer travel times

    The eastbound express lane on I-70 from Empire through Idaho Springs was a benefit to travelers in its first summer, state officials report.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the toll lane’s added capacity led to a 38 percent improvement in travel times.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Inmate dies at Jeffco jail

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail died Wednesday after being found unresponsive, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies began CPR and called for additional medical assistance after finding inmate David Little unresponsive and with a ligature around his neck at 4 p.m., the release said. Little was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m.

  • Domestic violence a hidden problem in the mountain area

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which takes place annually in October.

    Domestic violence: Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.

  • EPRD eyeing boost in cost of rec pass

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking to increase the price of an annual recreation pass and the salaries of full-time employees in the first draft of its 2017 budget.

    At the EPRD board meeting Sept. 27, financial controller Jason Leslie presented board members with the district’s first official draft of the 2017 budget. Leslie gave a comprehensive look at projected revenue and expenses.

  • Families donate snacks for deputies

    A Lookout Mountain family last week organized a community drive to collect snacks, sports drinks and other goodies for the Jeffco County Sheriff’s Office.

    Britt Gaskell and her three children decided that, in the wake of recent violence toward police officers across the country, they wanted to show their appreciation and “recognize all of you (officers) for your dedication and compassion to our community.”

  • EPRD looks at short-term fix for trail

    Officials at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District are looking at a short-term solution for the unstable segment of the Lake Trail that would involve using erosion-resistant concrete.

    At a meeting of the EPRD board on Sept. 27, board members discussed using “colloidal” concrete, which has a grout-like additive, to reinforce the retaining walls on the closed section of the trail.

  • Ornery elk rams resident’s car

    A bull elk rammed an Evergreen man’s car last Friday afternoon, leaving two holes on the passenger side. No one was injured.

    The same elk caused Wilmot Elementary School to not allow students to walk home because the bull and his harem were still in the area.

    The man, who asked not to be named, lives on Fairway Drive near the Greenwood Estates subdivision. He said a herd of elk had been in the area for more than a day, and three young bull elk were antagonizing the older one.

  • Evergreen couple plead guilty to child abuse

    An Evergreen couple have pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving their 6-year-old daughter, who was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 41, and Katherine Clark Barton, 37, were arrested in June 2015 on the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 3 felony, after medical personnel found their daughter weighed only 25 pounds.

  • Grass fire flares up again near Genesee exit

    Mountain area fire departments were forced to return to a grass fire east of the Genesee exit on Interstate 70 when it re-ignited on Monday afternoon.

    Firefighters had extinguished the blaze early Monday morning, but gusty winds apparently rekindled embers during the afternoon.

    Two lanes of westbound I-70 had been closed while firefighters conducted mop-up operations during the morning, according to a Twitter post from a spokesman for the mountain area fire districts.