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Today's News

  • Kids learn you can’t take it with you

    Imagine you’re getting ready to travel in a covered wagon across the plains to Colorado during the mid-1800s. What would you take with you?

    That question was posed to a group of 7- to 12-year-olds during Pioneerpalooza last week at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • Evergreen master trails plan getting final touches

    After a year of development and community review, the master trails plan for Evergreen is getting final touches, Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District told the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on June 23.

    The trail system designed by OV Consulting of Denver links key sections of Evergreen for residents who enjoy walking and biking to local destinations.

  • Evergreen Parkway in line for resurfacing

    Evergreen Parkway is slated to get a $5.4 million resurfacing in October.

    The parkway — formally known as Colorado Highway 74 — will be resurfaced from County Road 65 in Bergen Park to a spot "just above" Evergreen Lake, said Emily Wilfong, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The work is to include some bridge repairs and guardrails, too, Wilfong said.

    A short section of the road also will be widened on the shoulder to allow better bike access, she said, without giving details of the site.

  • Morrison-area girl taken to hospital after lightning strike

    A Morrison-area girl was taken to a hospital Wednesday evening after lightning struck a tree near her home, according to a fire department spokesman.

    The girl, who was outside at the time, appeared unharmed; she was taken to the hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” said Daniel Hatlestad, deputy chief of Inter-Canyon Fire.

  • Second community garden, at Wilmot Elementary, receives grant funding

    A community garden planned at Wilmot Elementary School has received $44,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado to help fund the project.

    This second garden being developed by Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability will offer about 30 plots for students, teachers and residents, including senior adults. The garden design features a nature-based play area for youngsters, which includes a green tunnel and rocks for climbing and sitting, as well as a sensory learning center.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for storage facility expansion in El Rancho

    Jeffco's county commissioners have approved rezoning to expand a storage facility in El Rancho, despite concerns of nearby residents about road access to the property.

    Residents in the Nob Hill subdivision say they do not object to the expansion, but rather to increased traffic it would bring to DivideView Road — a private, unmaintained road leading to their community.

  • Indian Hills Fire taking heat over cancellation of fireworks

    An Indian Hills Fire board member said he has taken heat from the community after the department canceled its annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

    Board member Marc Rosenberg, who is also the department’s assistant chief, said in an interview that the decision to cancel the fireworks was made by the department’s members, not by board members, and that it was made for safety and cost reasons. The decision was made in April. 

  • Volunteers improve Saddleback Mountain trail

    After hiking up a steep slope with two heavy containers of water, crew leader Lauren Riegler of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado coordinated efforts to develop a trail on Saddleback Mountain on Friday.

     

    Divided into four groups, 49 volunteers cleared overgrown sections of the trail leading to the summit and installed steps to divert water away from the path and make hiking easier. During the seven hours they worked, volunteers placed 88 check steps and worked on more than 1,000 feet of trail on the mountain, Riegler said.

  • Building trades program to be revived at Conifer High

    Two Evergreen businessmen have revived a building trades program for high school students that flourished more than a decade ago.

    “We’re going to teach them a trade,” said builder David Graham, who is coordinating the program with Phil Shanley of Evergreen Fine Art. “At the very least, they’re going to learn to do something with their hands.”

    The program will teach students a trade while also meeting a need for skilled labor, Shanley said.

  • Jeffco school board approves 2015-16 budget on split vote

    The Jeffco school district’s 2015-16 budget, which has proved to be the latest dividing line for the fractured school board, was approved last Thursday with the votes of the board’s three conservative members.

    The conservative majority was pleased that the financial plan avoided added expenses, but the board’s two liberal members say the budget shortchanges teachers on pay, and could have met pressing facilities needs responsibly through an alternative financing method.