Local News

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.

  • Crews extinguish small wildfire east of Kittredge

    A small wildfire burning on top of a ridge just east of Kittredge was 100 percent contained at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to Doug Saba, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the blaze, which was above O'Fallon Park, was reported just after 3 p.m. and burned about half an acre. No structures were threatened.

  • Local elementary principals say they’re not concerned about high lead levels

    The principals at Bergen Meadow and Parmalee elementary schools are not concerned about the high lead levels found in some of the faucets because the sinks where the lead was present are rarely used.

    Bergen principal Peggy Miller and Parmalee principal Ingrid Mielke said they don’t believe students were at risk, and the sinks all have been cordoned off.

    They attribute the issue to the age of the building and the pipes. Bergen Meadow is 45 years old, and Parmalee is 54 years old.

  • Accident snarls traffic on eastbound I-70 near Genesee

    An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Genesee exit early Tuesday had traffic backed up to Evergreen Parkway.

    At least one eastbound lane was closed, and numerous emergency crews were on the scene, according to a reporter who drove by the accident.

  • Judge refuses to toss evidence in shooting of bear cubs

    The attorney for the Evergreen resident accused of fatally shooting two bears cubs last September unsuccessfully tried to have evidence in the case suppressed at a hearing Thursday in Jeffco District Court.

  • County sees declines in property crimes in second quarter

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader last week presented the commissioners the county’s crime stats for the second quarter of 2016, which showed interesting changes in the property-crime categories compared to prior years.

  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

  • Relay for Life set Aug. 12-13 at Evergreen High

    Twenty-plus teams. Twelve hours. One sleepless night.

    This year's Relay For Life of the Mountain Area will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Evergreen High School, and the relay already has doubled in size from last year, with 21 teams and counting. Participants in the all-night event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, form teams and walk around the track for 12 hours to raise funds to fight cancer.

  • DriveSmart expanding experienced-driver program

    A 20-minute safety check before driving can help prevent accidents, or lessen the chance of injury if an accident occurs.

    Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer hosts an experienced-driver program, and the nonprofit held a training for “car fit” technicians on July 25.

  • Woofstock to benefit EAPL

    An event called “Woofstock” should conjure images of canines and the 1960s.

    Both will be part of the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Mount Vernon Country Club. Admission is free, but fees will be charged at some booths, with proceeds going to EAPL.