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Today's News

  • Love's labors are not lost

    They say you can’t mix business with pleasure. But how about mixing your business and personal lives?

    Evergreen is filled with couples who spend their days together at work, then spend their nights together at home. While this might be an impossibility for some, these couples say it works well for them.

    All it takes is excellent communication, a lot of respect and a strong sense of humor.

  • County property-tax bills inducing sticker shock

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Driver arrested in rollover accident on I-70

    A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with several charges after the SUV he was driving was involved in a single-car rollover Thursday near Evergreen that left him and his four passengers — including three minors — hospitalized.

    Juvenal Gomez, whose California driver’s license was suspended at the time of the wreck, was driving a 1998 Lincoln SUV eastbound on Interstate 70 at mile marker 248 near the Soda Creek subdivision sometime before 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the vehicle rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

  • Resident who escaped house fire appreciates community’s kindness

    The Evergreen resident who escaped with his dog when his home caught fire at the end of January said he has been “blown away” by the kindness of community members.

    Don Haupin, who closed on his house off Brook Forest Road at the end of December, had been living in the home for only two weeks when it caught fire about midnight Jan. 27. Haupin said investigators suspect electrical issues may have sparked the fire under his porch. Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a final report has not yet been issued.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signs a contract by month’s end that changes the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission will consider revoking its use license. 

  • 'Science is awesome'

    By Andrew Demo, For the Courier

    For 8-year-old Callum Moffatt, a second-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary School in Evergreen, the third time was the charm at the annual Mountain Area Science Fair.

  • EHS Poms finish strong on national stage

    By Amy Thomson, For the Courier

    Hard work, endless hours of practice and a resilient spirit carried the Evergreen High Poms back to national competition this year — and their trip to Orlando, Fla., in late January culminated with a fifth-in-the-nation finish in hip-hop.

    “We decided that we were going to go to finals this year,” head coach Monique O’Neill said of her squad.

    And reach the finals they did.

  • CCSD bracing for tax-revenue loss when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.

    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Virtual Academy, which offers four days of online school and one day of in-person instruction each week, didn’t have high enough enrollment in kindergarten through sixth grade to justify the expenses, district officials said.

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.