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Today's News

  • Lady Cougars ready to make a splash

    Evergreen is known for many things, but the high school’s girls swim team is not normally one of them.

    Well, those girls are out to change that this year, and they may just be good enough to make some serious noise in Class 4A Jefferson County.

    Fresh off a fourth-place finish in the league last year and a top-20 finish in the state, coach Jeanne Godaire is looking to not only equal those achievements, but better them in this, her third year at the school.

    “We’re hoping to get to where we place in the top-10 at state,” Godaire said.

  • Local nonprofits seeking human popsicles

    Here’s a fun way to say Happy New Year:

    Put on a bathing suit and dive into a frozen lake in front of a cheering crowd of fully dressed onlookers.

    That way, the rest of the year — or at least the winter — should feel like a trip to the beach.

    If you can’t do that, consider pledging some money for someone such as Kristina Halstead to do it. Halstead is planning to dive for the second year in a row.

  • Detlefs court date continued to Jan. 7

    The Dec. 4 arraignment of an Evergreen man accused of vehicular assault and DUI in connection with a car-bicycle accident last summer has been continued until Jan. 7.

    Jeffrey Scott Detlefs, 57, was arrested Aug. 16 after his vehicle collided with a bicyclist on the approach to eastbound I-70 at the Evergreen exit. The State Patrol report said Detlef’s Lexus drove over the white line on the shoulder and collided with the bicycle rider.

  • Echoes of caring: Nonprofit helps area residents meet basic needs during the holidays

    When it’s giving season in Evergreen, a lot of people think of Evergreen Christian Outreach, a local nonprofit that since 1986 has been distributing food and clothing assistance to hundreds of area families each month.

    EChO is mainly a food bank, but families in need can also obtain clothing, household items, and Christmas and birthday gifts for kids.

    The office and food bank are at the campus of the Church of the Transfiguration on Highway 74 east of downtown Evergreen. EChO is supported by churches all over Evergreen.

  • Foothills Fire seeks paid chief for first time

    The Foothills Fire Protection District, which covers about 1,500 households in the I-70 corridor, mostly east of Evergreen, is advertising for its first paid fire chief since the organization was created in 1997 from three smaller fire districts.

    Foothills Fire this year moved its headquarters from Lookout Mountain to the station at Rainbow Hills, across from the RTD parking lot and the El Rancho business center turnoff on Bergen Parkway.

    The district currently employs three people in addition to the acting volunteer unpaid chief, Brad Danek.

  • Foothills fire station comes in $80,000 over budget

    The cost of the new headquarters of the Foothills Fire Rescue headquarters on Rainbow Hill Road in Evergreen came in $80,000 over budget, but district officials believe they still got their money’s worth.

    The expansion and remodel near El Rancho was originally budgeted at $60,000, but the total cost was more like $140,000, including $32,000 for the electrical work alone, the district revealed in a letter to its members in late November.

  • Drive Smart announces teen safe-driving contests, scholarship grants

    Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer is putting on three pre-holiday contests and seeking four candidates to be Drive Smart Scholars, win a $500 scholarship, conduct safety activities and serve as a member of the board of directors of Drive Smart for a year.

    Students applying for the Drive Smart scholarship should be juniors or sophomores at Clear Creek High School, Evergreen High School, Conifer High School or Platte Canyon High School.

  • Ex-county attorney takes witness stand in Zinna trial

    In the third day of the misuse-of-power jury trial pitting radio-show host and longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former commissioner Jim Congrove, the focus was on former county attorney Frank Hutfless, the top in-house attorney for Jeffco from February 2005 to March 2007.

  • Glass takes over as exec director of Evergreen Chorale

    The end of 2009 is a new beginning for the Evergreen Chorale, as new executive director Maggie Glass begins her work for the organization.

    Glass, who earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of Denver, is no stranger to the theater or performing arts organizations in Colorado. She recently worked with the Central City Opera and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She was chosen from a pool of 60 applicants.

  • Zinna's case against ex-commissioner on trial in federal court

    The long-awaited civil lawsuit by county critic Mike Zinna against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove is finally under way in federal court.

    Zinna, a once-persistent insect in the county’s ear, claims his First Amendment rights were violated by Congrove, whom he accuses of using his political authority to halt Zinna’s frequent investigations into Jeffco government. The former blogger and KHOW talk-radio host is seeking compensatory damages in the case; no punitive damages are being sought.