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Today's News

  • Evergreen Fire Protection District finalizes 2014 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will take a hit in property-tax revenue in 2014, but divisions have pruned expenses and made adjustments to savings plans to compensate.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege reported that 2014 will see a 5 percent reduction in property-tax revenue from Jefferson County, and a 1 percent decline from Clear Creek — resulting in about $400,000 less to work with, he said.

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”

  • New school board members take seats

    Jeffco’s three newly elected school board members wasted no time getting comfortable in their positions at last Thursday’s meeting.

    After Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt were sworn in, the new board elected officers, addressed the community and tried to put at ease parents and teachers, who raised concerns during public comment.

    How we got here

    Williams, Newkirk and Witt captured three seats on the Jeffco Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election, dramatically changing the political orientation of the board.

  • Assistance still available for flood victims

    Jeffco’s Colorado Spirit flood support team wants residents of mountain communities affected by September’s flooding to know a variety of assistance is still available.

    And that includes emotional support.

    The three-person support team, funded for a year by a grant from FEMA, has worked its way through the county door to door offering help to residents dealing with the aftermath of the flooding.

  • Jumping Jack splash: Elk tries local trampoline, gets launched into cyberspace

    It all happened so fast.

    One second the young elk buck was sticking his nose through the half-closed safety netting surrounding Greg and Shauna Chase’s backyard trampoline, licking snow off the canvas. The next he was bouncing around inside it, looking equal parts surprised, confused and delighted.

    “It never happened before,” says Greg. “We have elk in the yard all the time, but they never showed any interest in the tramp.”

  • Jeffco sheriff warns of threat to drivers along C-470 and U.S. 285

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is warning drivers to be on the lookout after receiving several complaints about car windows being shattered while motorists are driving along C-470, U.S. 285 and I-70.  

    The first incident, on July 24, involved a vehicle traveling east on C-470 at Alameda Parkway. 

    The most recent incident, on Nov. 19, happened while a woman was driving west on C-470 at Alameda. 

  • 4A All-Jeffco boys soccer, volleyball

    The following is fall season all-conference selections for the 4A Jeffco League in boys soccer and volleyball:

    BOYS SOCCER
    FIRST TEAM
    Darwin de La Rosa, Alameda; Drew Williams, Conifer; Nate Flack, D’Evelyn; Christian Denton, D’Evelyn; Alex Wormer, Evergreen; Matt Hornbecker, Evergreen; Jack Breer, Golden; Daniel Brughelli, Green Mountain; Troy Fairbanks, Wheat Ridge; Max Sweeney, Wheat Ridge; Connor Gronski, Wheat Ridge
    SECOND TEAM

  • EHS ready to embark on new challenges

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Nine months later, the pain still lingers for the Evergreen girls swim team. A disqualification in the opening final of the 4A championships erased a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay and, for all intents and purposes, ended the Lady Cougars’ bid for their first state title.

  • Hanson steps into leadership position

    Take one look at Lane Hanson now, as a 106-pound junior, and from when he first started wrestling for Evergreen High School a couple of years back as a 90-pound soaking-wet freshman, and one can tell the difference.

  • We’re better when working together

    By Jim Rohrer