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Today's News

  • 'She will be greatly missed'

    The remains of missing 17-year-old Platte Canyon High School student Maggie Long were positively identified last Thursday after being found at her family’s home in Bailey nearly a week earlier while law enforcement officials investigated an arson at the home.
    Long was reported missing the evening of Dec. 1 after she failed to show up for a concert she helped organize at Platte Canyon High School. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

  • A ray of sunshine gone too soon

    Dear Maggie,
    I didn’t know you, but, by all accounts, you were a ray of sunshine. That’s obvious.
    The social media posts that popped up in the days after your disappearance and those that somberly appeared last Thursday after the Park County Sheriff’s Office confirmed your passing characterized the person you truly were to friends and family.

  • Christmas crafts of the DIY kind

    The Church of the Hills craft fair on Saturday in Evergreen wasn’t your typical event.

    Instead of crafters selling their wares to visitors, the visitors made their own crafts to take home. It’s really a do-it-yourself craft fair.

    Tables lined the church’s hall with stations for attendees to make mobiles, graham cracker houses, snow globes, twig trees, ornaments, reindeer food and more. At each station was a master crafter who helped both kids and adults make their crafts.

  • A glimpse into the past

    While fourth-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School were fascinated by the mountain men of the early 1800s, they said they were glad they live in the 21st century.

    They were excited about learning that the Plains Indians called mountain men with beards “dog face” — a derogatory term — and how beaver pelts were worth $5 a piece, a small fortunate at the time.

    They learned Indian sign language, how animals were trapped, and about flintlock rifles, cooking and other everyday activities.

  • Jeffco approves 2018 budget

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners adopted the proposed 2018 budget in which the county’s expenditures are projected to outpace its revenue. However, the commissioners urged at the Dec. 5 meeting that this cannot be a continuing trend.
    In the 2018 budget, the county has estimated $432.2 million in revenues and $556.1 million in expenses.
    Thus, Jeffco staff has budgeted $101.4 million in intra-county transactions and will withdraw $22.5 million from the county’s fund balance to make up the difference.

  • EPRD unanimously approves 2018 budget

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved its proposed 2018 budget, which projects approximately $6.6 million in revenues and $6 million in expenses.
    The budget also includes a 2.5 percent average merit/performance increase for salaries for all employees, along with a 1.1 percent increase for cost-of-living/minimum wage inflation.

  • EChO honored for professional development

    Evergreen Christian Outreach joins Conifer’s Mountain Resource Center in being recognized by the Colorado Nonprofit Association as among the first nonprofits in the state to achieve the association’s Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices recognition.

  • PCSD board members sworn in privately

    Platte Canyon Schools’ newly elected school board members were privately sworn in late last month instead of taking their oaths of office during a special public meeting scheduled for Nov. 28.
    According to Superintendent Brenda Krage, Katie Spodyak, Joe Burgett and Frank VanDeHey individually took their oaths in the school district’s administrative offices during business hours Nov. 27 in order to be in compliance with a Colorado law that specifies that all oaths of office must take place within 10 days of election results being certified.

  • Neighbors banding together to help March roof fire victim

    On March 19, Joseph Moorehead’s roof caught on fire. Nearly nine months later, he’s still figuring out where to live.
    The initial roof fire in March was spotted by some keen-eyed bicyclists, and at least two fire departments and 13 pieces of apparatus were used to fight the fire and haul water to the house near Evergreen’s Bluebell Lane.

  • Pre-trial motions hearing continued for former Morrison officer

    The motions hearing has been continued in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, will return to court Monday for a pre-trial motions hearing, though there were talks of a plea deal in court on Thursday.

    Joiner, once second-in-command at the Morrison Police Department, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town between December 2010 and February 2016. He was indicted in July on 29 counts and pleaded not guilty in October.