Today's News

  • A monster of a cookie contest

    For most kids, the best part of baking is licking the spoon or savoring that first bite. But for Evergreen first-grader Ava Guyton, the best part of baking is giving her treats to others.

    “She loves to give them away at school,” says Ava’s mom, Allison Guyton.

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Student survey at middle school irks parents

    A survey given to Evergreen Middle School students that asked questions about their sexual orientation has ruffled feathers in the community.

    The survey, which has been administered by the school’s counseling office for several years, this year is part of a grant application focusing on school climate, according to Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Balch Lyng. Previous surveys did not contain questions about sexual orientation.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • Signs warning of thin ice posted around Evergreen Lake

    Ellen O’Connor, Evergreen Park and Recreation District executive director, has been getting calls from residents concerned about people walking and fishing on the partially frozen surface of Evergreen Lake.

    To help keep people safe and avert an accident, EPRD is posting signs warning of thin ice around the lake. Working with Denver Parks, the Evergreen park district also is creating pamphlets about ice safety that will be placed at key locations at the lake, O’Connor said.

    “We want people to stay safe,” she remarked.

  • Authorities corral aggressive cow on I-70

    An aggressive cow standing on Interstate 70 Friday afternoon forced a 10-minute closure of the eastbound lanes near the Lookout Mountain exit while Jeffco deputies and animal control officers rounded up the boisterous bovine.

    The "big black cow (was) standing on the highway, (and) was somewhat aggressive with vehicles," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Indian Hills Fire expects revenue boost in 2016

    A sizable budget boost that the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is set to see in 2016 as a result of higher property valuations will largely pay for long-deferred repairs to the decades-old station, board members have decided. 

  • EMS students campaign for turkeys

    Students at Evergreen Middle School got into the turkey-giving spirit last Friday when they collected turkeys and money for the less fortunate.

    Students — dressed in pajamas for the last day of school before the Thanksgiving holiday — stood outside with signs encouraging fellow students to bring in their final donations.

    The second annual Turkey on Every Table fund-raiser donates items to both the mountain backpack program through Evergreen Christian Outreach and to the Denver Rescue Mission.

  • A festive labor of love

    The Lake House was aglow with festive table decorations and a hub of activity at the second annual Thanksgiving dinner for senior adults last Thursday.

    Dressed in crisp white shirts, members of the Evergreen and Mountain Foothills Rotary clubs seated guests and served appetizers before the main course they had helped to prepare.

    Gathered around tables, about 160 old friends and new acquaintances talked and enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

  • Mountain lions kill peacocks at Squaw Pass residence

    Mountain lions attacked and killed three prized peacocks at the Holmes residence on Squaw Pass in recent weeks.

    Alerted by a neighbor who heard a commotion outdoors, Hunter Holmes encountered mountain lions on his property for the second time a couple of weeks ago. He was able to chase away a cougar that was standing on top of the pen containing the peacocks.