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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EPRD starts boxing class for people with Parkinson's disease

    As “Eye of the Tiger” blasted through the speakers, four boxers and their instructors marched in place. The floorboards of the rec center studio trembled under the strength and determination in their strides.

    At the end of their warm-ups, they worked the bags — first the heavy bags, then the speed bags. After that, two boxers did abdominal workouts and stretches on the floor, while the other two stacked and unstacked cups.

    A little unorthodox, perhaps, for a boxing class.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Elk Creek student advances to state bee

    The Conifer area spelling bee started with a “welcome” and ended with a “ricochet.”

    For the first time in several years, an Elk Creek Elementary School student won the Conifer-area spelling bee and will compete in the state bee on March 10.

    Fifth-grader Bobby Roy won the Feb. 6 spelling bee at Marshdale Elementary School.

    Bobby beat out 13 other competitors from Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jefferson Elementary, including runner-up Matthew Adams, also an Elk Creek fifth-grader.

  • Kids learn winter essentials while outdoors as Junior Rangers

    When helping someone with hypothermia, wrap them up in a sleeping bag like a burrito; more layers is better when traveling in the cold; and, when packing for a hike, it will never be necessary to bring a VHS version of “Home Alone.”

    About 30 kids and their parents discovered these winter fundamentals and more on Sunday as part of their curriculum to become Jeffco Open Space Winter Junior Rangers.

  • Judge seals Hudson’s records

    A Jeffco district judge last week ruled in favor of sealing all court records related to the investigation and trial of Mark E. Hudson, the Evergreen man and former Clear Creek music teacher who was acquitted last October on charges of sexually assaulting a child at his home in 2015.

  • Elk Creek Octagon and Barn land on ‘most endangered’ list

    The historic Elk Creek Octagon and Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing have landed on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s 2018 Most Endangered Places list, an annual listing of historic places around the state whose existence is threatened.

    One of more than 100 sites now listed, the two buildings and the 250 acres of land they occupy were part of the original Shaffer family homestead and are believed to have been built around 1903.