Today's News

  • Outdoor Lab Foundation celebrates success

    The foundation that saved Jeffco schools’ Outdoor Education Labs celebrated its fund-raising success on Jan. 25 but is steeling itself for more efforts to keep the sixth-grade program operating for another year.


    Several board members from the Outdoor Lab Foundation presented checks at the Windy Peaks facility near Bailey last Wednesday and at the Mount Evans facility. The two schools provide a week of outdoor-education classes to sixth-graders throughout the district each school year.

  • Nellybelle sports wide selection of gifts, collectibles

    One of the most eclectic, unusual and delightful stores to open in Evergreen is the Nellybelle General Store.

    Located in the El Rancho Town Center, the store has everything from candles to fresh-cut flowers.

    The music in the background is played from 8-track tapes. There’s bar seating and a flat-screen television, so you can watch a game while your flowers are being arranged or a gift is being wrapped. Each business card for the store is different, culled from whimsical photos.

    It’s a store you have to see to believe.

  • Sports briefs

    Stingers Reds U-7 team places 10th at world competition
    ORLANDO, Fla.
    — The Evergreen Stingers Reds U-7 soccer team took 10th place in the World 3v3 finals.
    The tournament at Disney World was held Jan. 14-16.
    The team, comprised of Benjamin Simpson, Tim Browning, Vilnis Venta, Landon Freeman, Brody Taylor, took on talented teams including New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, and Missouri at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
    The team is coached by Mike Freeman.


  • Hard work paying off for Lady Cougars

    EVERGREEN — As the swim season races to the finish, swimmers are scrambling to nab state qualifying times before this week’s Jeffco League championships. At their dual meet Jan. 27, both Evergreen and Conifer swimmers pushed themselves to their limits at the Wulf Recreation Center.
    Evergreen pocketed first place in all 11 non-diving varsity events en route to the 134-68 team victory, while Conifer took two  first-place wins in the JV 50- and 100 freestyle.


    With basses thumping, guitars raging, people screaming and the speed of movement mind-boggling, Evergreen High School head poms coach Debbie Cooper takes in Orlando, Fla., as only an 18-year veteran can — with full-speed adrenaline.
    Cooper, who founded the poms squad at Evergreen, has led her team to compete at the United Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championship held at Disney World year in and year out. After months and months of practice and conditioning, hundreds of teams from all over the nation converge for a whirlwind, action-packed five days.

  • Elementary class sizes rated top priority

    Keeping class sizes at elementary schools small should be a top priority for Jefferson County Public Schools, about 60 people attending a budget forum Jan. 28 indicated, saying the school board should leave that area of the budget alone.

    The attendees, including parents, students, school staff and administrators, looked at a list of 82 proposals to cut the district’s budget by $50 million to $60 million over the next two years. They were instructed to list the three items that the board should not touch.

  • Open Space makes $1.1 million in outdoor grant recommendations

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division has recommended giving $818,000 in 2012 grants to five Jeffco cities, pending approval of the Board of County Commissioners.

    The division also recommended that six nonprofit community groups be awarded $99,400 in Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery) money in 2012.

    In addition, Open Space staff recommended distributing $241,000 in lottery funds to seven recreation or metro districts, including Evergreen Park and Recreation.

  • Computer glitch snarled rush-hour traffic Jan. 23

     A computer glitch was responsible for the rush-hour slowdown on Evergreen Parkway on Monday, Jan. 23, as a computer glitch affected all the stoplights from downtown to El Rancho.

    The signals turned into flashing reds and oranges, forcing drivers to stop at every light and treat major intersections as four-way stops. The lights affected were at Stagecoach Boulevard, Lewis Ridge Road, South Bergen Parkway, Squaw Pass Road, Colorado 65, North Bergen Parkway and El Rancho.

  • Recipe for freedom: Former Burmese refugee finds a home as sushi chef at Walmart

    Born in Burma 54 years ago, Hla Win loves his native country and still misses it desperately, but he is profoundly grateful to America, the country that took him in as a political refugee.

  • Evergreen set to celebrate winter in style

    The first Winter Festival kicks off Saturday with an 8 a.m. Snowdash Extreme 5K backcountry race at Echo Mountain Ski Area.


    The Winter Festival peaks Saturday night under the lights, with professional skiers and boarders competing for prizes on jumps and rails on a temporary ski slope made of part real and part artificial snow at Evergreen Lake.

    Lakeside activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until fireworks at 8:30 p.m. over the lake. Night skating and music with a DJ, until 10 p.m., are included in the entry ticket.