Today's News

  • Colorful event raises funds for school technology

    Thanks to an afternoon of running last Wednesday and the help of several hundred parents, family members and friends, Elk Creek Elementary students raised more than $20,000 to buy new technology for their classrooms.

    The fund-raiser — named the Rainbow Run — asked students to run or walk as many laps around the school as they could in a 40-plus-minute span. Many youngsters had sponsors donate money for each lap completed.

    This was the school’s first time doing the Rainbow Run, staff members said.

  • Elk Meadow dog park lovers ‘doggedly determined’ to keep off-leash area open

    A group of local dog lovers and regular patrons of the Elk Meadow off-leash area are busy organizing a movement to save the popular dog park in Evergreen in the wake of news that Jeffco Open Space plans to close it amid myriad public safety and environmental concerns.

  • EFPD again delays decision on adding solar panels to stations

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District has again delayed a decision on whether to add solar panels to several of its fire stations to reduce energy costs — favoring instead further exploration of other energy-saving measures.

    At a meeting Feb. 14, board members cited a desire to implement “low-hanging fruit” such as LED lighting, light sensors and other energy efficiencies to defray the short-term and long-term cost of installing photovoltaic panels at several of the district’s fire stations.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jefferson County schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve security enhancements for admin side of courthouse

    In response to recent incidents of intimidation against county employees and anti-government demonstrations, Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a personnel request from the Sheriff’s Office to add two full-time deputies to patrol the administrative wing of the Jefferson County courthouse.

  • Fitzsimmons Middle School’s interim principal to become permanent

    The Platte Canyon school board last week unanimously approved the appointment of Ginger Slocum as the permanent principal of Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, roughly six months after she replaced former principal Rim Watson on an interim basis.

    According to Platte Canyon Superintendent Brenda Krage, Slocum bested almost a dozen other candidates and was one of four finalists interviewed by several committees and community members.

  • Head-on collision on U.S. 285 injures at least two

    Two vehicles collided head-on Tuesday evening on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, the crash occurred at 9:11 p.m. and initially shut down the highway in both directions. Reid said an extrication procedure was under way, and a Flight for Life helicopter was standing by to transport one person to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood; a second person was transported by ambulance.

    Elk Creek Fire responded to the crash and requested mutual aid from the Evergreen and Platte Canyon fire departments.

  • Winterfest returns to Conifer this weekend

    Conifer’s fifth annual Winterfest celebration returns Saturday, and while the National Weather Service can’t confirm whether Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance, the festivities will go on regardless.

    According to Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Mount Lugo Luge tubing competition at Meyer Ranch Open Space, while other activities will run until 4 p.m. at Aspen Park Village — even if warm weather postpones the tubing and snowman carving until another day.

  • LESSON PLANS: Conifer High students take on a musical 'with depth'

    If you like the story of “The Little Mermaid,” you’ll enjoy the Conifer High School spring musical, “Once on This Island,” being performed this weekend.

    While the show is not well known to some, it is CHS theater teacher Fran Arniotes’ favorite, and she is amazed at how many people have not seen it.

  • 'Friendship soup' warms the heart

    Two women are providing easy-to-make, high-protein soup packets to patrons of the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank.

    Donna Kautzman of Evergreen said she got the idea to make the “friendship soup” packets when her church had a community challenge, in which people received $25 and were asked to reinvest it into the community.

    Kautzman used the $25, as well as about $100 of her own money, toward making packets of ingredients.