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Today's News

  • Climbing the wall: Kids get lateral with a new fun-filled apparatus at DCES

    It’s one of those things you don’t expect to see in an elementary school. In fact, you don’t really expect to see a climbing wall in any mountain area school — and yet, there it is: Eight feet tall, 21 feet long, and covered with painted mountains and lots of children clamoring with amusement and glee.

    Fully installed in mid-January, Deer Creek Elementary’s new traverse climbing wall was four years in the making and the dream of physical education teacher Shawn Flores.

  • Open Space launches e-bike pilot program

    Mountain bikers will now be able to use e-bikes at any Jeffco Open Space park.

    The agency announced Tuesday night at its annual Trails Talk Forum, which addresses e-bikes and four other topics, that it will be launching its e-bike pilot program through the rest of 2018. The program will evaluate the impact of class 1 e-bikes on both the trails and other park-users, and then Open Space will determine how to address their usage into 2019 and beyond.

  • Castles & Kitchens teaches cooking and technique classes

    Whether you’re a cooking novice or pro, Castles & Kitchens provides classes to help you learn new techniques. If you like to travel, Castles & Kitchens can help you add a culinary component to your trips.

    For Fran Arniotes and Tom Becker, it’s all about food — and preparing it to bring enjoyment whether you’re at home making a daily meal or traveling the world.

  • Glass given ‘high’ rating by Jeffco school board

    Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass has received high marks in his first performance evaluation by the Jeffco school board since being hired last July.

  • Colo. superintendents endorse new funding formula for schools

    More than 170 superintendents across Colorado, including those at Jeffco Public Schools and Platte Canyon Schools, have backed a legislative proposal that could dramatically alter how the state funds its schools — namely by changing the formula that determines how funding is distributed to school districts.

  • Small Evergreen grass fire caused by blown transformer

    A small grass fire that burned just under a half acre of land and threatened a home on Buffalo Park Road in Evergreen last Tuesday was started by a blown transformer.

    According to Stacee Martin, spokeswoman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the department received a report of smoke and fire in the grass at 4:24 p.m. Feb. 13 and found a fire burning within 30 feet of a home. Xcel Energy workers who were already on scene responding to the blown transformer were credited with helping contain the fire after they used fire extinguishers to help put it out.

  • Drive starts to fill area food banks

    Even though the holidays are in the rear-view mirror, it’s still time to help fill area food banks for the less fortunate.

    “It’s a lull-in-donation time for us,” said Nancy Judge, who manages the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank. “Everyone is so keyed in over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we are so appreciative of the support. But once we get back into our normal everyday routines, donations do dip.”

  • Evergreen Library’s free program teaches new skills

    Stepping into the Evergreen Library on Sunday afternoon felt a bit like walking onto the set of “Cupcake Wars.”

    The smell of frosting was in the air, as a small group had their piping bags in hand, creating monsters, flowers and multicolored swirls atop their cupcakes.

    By the end of the hour, the participants’ creations looked good enough to eat.

  • Community shows gratitude for Sheriff’s Office on Valentine’s Day

    The Evergreen community joined together on Valentine’s Day to show its appreciation and love for Jeffco sheriff’s deputies by bringing Valentines, food and beverages to the mountain precinct.

    The effort came together through a simple post on Facebook on Feb. 7 from Alex Hawley, who wanted the community to show its appreciation for the deputies, especially after the killings of three members of law enforcement in Colorado since New Year’s Eve.

  • Local authors’ book engages Marshdale students about national parks, science

    What happens if — like the characters in “Path to the Thunderbird” — you stumble upon a riddle that includes GPS coordinates? Could you find the location on a map? Could you calculate the distance between two points a degree and a minute apart?

    Marshdale Elementary fourth-graders probably could after talking with authors Sara Miller and Pat Toole about global positioning systems last Tuesday.