Today's News

  • School board avoided tough decisions

    When members of Congress and Pentagon leaders realized we needed to close military bases around the country and find ways to use others better, they knew they would face impossible political dilemmas. Communities around the country would fight to keep their bases and missions. What politician with an ounce of self-preservation instinct would vote to close a base in his or her own district?

  • Farmers plow Cougars

    Perhaps it was the full moon Jan. 29 that turned the visiting 10th-ranked Wheat Ridge Farmers into a pack of snarling wolves.

    Perhaps it was really Conifer’s fault, as the rival Lobos had roughed up the Farmers three days prior, making them particularly focused when they arrived in town.

    Or just blame the basketball, which seemed to like Evergreen’s basket about as much as Jon loves Kate.

  • Pine beetles attacking forests at increasing rate in 2009

    The bark beetle continued to chew its way through Colorado’s and Wyoming’s lodgepole pine forests at the rate of 524,000 new acres in 2009, a 32 percent increase over 2008.

    The numbers were announced Jan. 22 at a news conference at which the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service unveiled the results of the annual forest health aerial survey highlights for the previous year.

  • Ken Berry appears in court with new attorney

    A new lawyer, Daniel H. Kyser of Denver, appeared in court Jan. 19 on behalf of Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud. Berry was in court for a scheduled arraignment hearing.

    With a new lawyer involved, District Judge Tamara S. Russell agreed to postpone the arraignment until 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 to give him time to read his client’s file.

    The arraignment originally was scheduled for Dec. 21, then postponed to Jan. 19, when Berry’s lawyer, John Tinder, withdrew because he said he hadn’t been paid as promised.

  • Group endorses Maes for governor

    Dan Maes of Evergreen, a Republican candidate for governor running against Scott McInnis for the GOP nomination, has been endorsed by the national Independence Caucus, which opposes “unsustainable spending” and supports constitutional limits on government authority.

    “Maes differentiates himself from his rivals by stressing his business background and executive experience, while not downplaying the value of political skills and knowledge,” the Independence Caucus states in its news release endorsing Maes.

  • North Evergreen trail lands $300,000

    More than $1 million has been dedicated to three major trail construction projects in Jefferson County in 2010 — including the NEAT trail in North Evergreen.

    Also funded were the Sutton Road trail in Aspen Park and the Sixth Avenue frontage road trail in Lakewood.

    If that seems like a lot of money for one year, that’s because it has been some time since county commissioners committed that much in one lump sum to trails.

    The money comes from the Conservation Trust Fund, which is funded by Colorado Lottery money.

  • Charter school wants modular units to become permanent

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is asking authorities for permission to keep the three modular structures that the school promised to remove by 2012.

    There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Evergreen High School auditorium at which the board of directors is expected to discuss the plan. The meeting is open to the public.

  • A colorful fund-raiser: Students from Rocky Mountain Academy blend history, art for auction

    The vivid hues of red, blue and orange are a trademark of the acrylic paintings of Taos, N.M., artist Malcolm Furlow.

    Those same vivid hues accent the reproductions that fifth-graders in Amber Lichfield’s class at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have painted in the last two weeks.

    The fifth-graders’ work will be sold at the school’s fund-raising dinner Friday, Feb. 19, at Evergreen Country Day School, 1093 Swede Gulch Road. Tickets are $60 per person.

  • The Place to be: Former Carpet Exchange building to host businesses, coffee shop, nonprofits

    The Place is going to be about miracles.

    That’s the description Dean Dalvit, owner of EV Studios, gave for the project going into the old Carpet Exchange building on Meadow Drive. Dalvit’s architectural firm designed the space for The Place.

    There’s no easy way to describe The Place. It’s part community center, part business center, part training area, part coffee shop. It will be for nonprofits and small businesses, for teens to hang out, and for struggling families to get a hand up.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

    Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.