Today's News

  • Crew clearing fuel break in Flying J Open Space Park

    The Jeffco Open Space Division is taking steps to protect the forest as well as the neighboring subdivisions from a severe wildfire near Flying J Ranch on Highway 73 between Conifer and Evergreen.

    The $30,000 project involves cutting trees and creating a 40-foot-wide clear-cut along the power line on the eastern boundary. The work started June 1 and will continue through August or later.

    A crew of about six has been deployed to remove two large patches of very dense lodgepole pine, called “doghair pine,” that are infected with mistletoe.

  • Water mains being cleaned in Hiwan Hills, lower El Pinal

    The Evergreen Metro District will be opening hydrants and flushing water mains the last two weeks of June and through July in the Hiwan Hills and lower El Pinal area to clean out normal harmless small particles of iron and manganese. No road closures are expected as a result, said Garry Jeffrey, water plant manager.

    The particles occur in the water naturally and over time can build up in the pipes and the water tanks. The district hired a dive team in May to go underwater and vacuum and inspect the district's 10 water tanks.

  • Action sought on new fire-district training building

    A request to take action on a proposal to build a new training building with realistic fire capability evolved into a lengthy debate between firefighters and members of the fire district board on June 14.

    A training building was discussed in detail for the first time in April 2010, and the topic was revisited on April 12 of this year. It was added to the June 14 board meeting agenda shortly after the meeting started at 7 p.m.

    Board members Jeff DeDisse, Charlie Simons, Charles Dykeman and George Kling were present. Dave Christensen was absent.

  • Pension board accuses Elk Creek chief of fraud

    Former Elk Creek fire chief Bill Dolan, who has been linked to a variety of scandals during his 13 years with the district, now stands accused of making a fraudulent disability claim.
    The Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado will conduct a hearing in August to determine whether Dolan has improperly taken almost $44,000 in disability payments.
    If Dolan is found to have lied to the FPPA, he could be required to repay the benefits, which he was granted for an injury sustained while working for North Metro Fire Rescue.

  • Front-runners, please step to the rear

    Chris Romer joined a fairly exclusive club last week. Along with Dale Tooley, Norm Early and Ari Zavaras, he’s now one of the can’t-miss front-runners for Denver mayor who fell to lesser-known opponents each of the last four times the office was truly up for grabs.

  • The smell of scandal at Elk Creek

    Where there's smoke, there's fire.

  • Ponderosa pines brighten the spring mountain scenery

    It is not unusual in the mountains to have winter finally give way to summer with hardly a day of spring in between. The mountains are never more beautiful than they are in June.
    It seems like everything turns green overnight from grassy meadows to new aspen leaves; even the new growth on pines, spruces and Douglas fir are green. The ponderosa pines that have appeared almost black all winter are washed clean by the spring rains and new growth is starting at every branch tip. They suddenly appear to be alive and they are in bloom.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Couple opens, shares can of worms

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

  • Commissioners scrap county audit panel

    Two years after the county’s internal auditing department was eliminated, the county commissioners have now quietly dissolved the audit committee, providing the befuddled members no explanation for the move and no plan for how the county will handle its auditing reviews in the future.