Today's News

  • Hola, Wilmot: School adds Spanish curriculum to its literacy program

    The halls of Wilmot Elementary are filled with children greeting one another — only now some of that chatter is in Spanish.

    That’s because this year, all 330 students get between 40 and 70 minutes of Spanish instruction each week, thanks to Wilmot’s accountability council and PTA joining forces to hire a Spanish teacher.

    Principal Matt Cormier is proud of the program and believes it’s the first of its kind in foothills elementary schools.

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Trotting together in frigid weather

    Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • Securities Board recommends no action against Journey pastor

    Three members of the Colorado Securities Board have recommended in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire, calling a state investigation that sought to have him banned from selling securities “much ado about nothing.”

    Cheshire, who led the Conifer-area congregation until it disbanded last year, was brought before the board after a Division of Securities investigation accused him of securities fraud and asked for an administrative cease-and-desist order to prevent him from selling securities in Colorado again.

  • Festival of Lights celebrates Hanukkah in Evergreen community

    The community is invited to the annual Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah, at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 10. Hosted by three Jewish congregations, the event will include a menorah lighting, seasonal Hanukkah music, activities for children and refreshments at the Lake House.

    Denver-based cantor Joel Lichterman will lead the menorah lighting in song and blessings. State Sen. Tim Neville, along with local rabbis and other dignitaries, will light candles on the menorah.

  • Dog fatally shot in Evergreen family's yard

    While grieving the loss, an Evergreen family is trying to find out who shot their dog, a golden retriever who had been with them for nine years.

    Bob Cole said the dog was in the yard about 50 feet from his home in Witter Gulch when someone shot him on Nov. 12 about 4 p.m.

    Cole’s son was home at the time of the shooting and heard the dog cry out in pain, he said. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, but he was so badly wounded that he died a couple of days later.

  • Developer sought for mixed-use project in El Rancho

    With rezoning in place for the project, the owner of a 4.5-acre property in El Rancho is hoping to find a developer interested in bringing the concept for One El Rancho Place into reality.

    Jeffco's county commissioners recently approved rezoning from restricted commercial-1 to planned development for property owned by George DeMarsico, allowing the plan to move forward.

  • Sisters plan charity drive to help needy families

    Evergreen business owners and sisters Diane Wiescamp and Alice Brewer are organizing a charitable event this Saturday to collect donations for needy people in the community.

    The first Evergreen Cares donation drive will be held at the Evergreen Forum building, 3560 Highway 74, from 9 a.m. until noon.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • Authorities corral aggressive cow on I-70

    An aggressive cow standing on Interstate 70 Friday afternoon forced a 10-minute closure of the eastbound lanes near the Lookout Mountain exit while Jeffco deputies and animal control officers rounded up the boisterous bovine.

    The "big black cow (was) standing on the highway, (and) was somewhat aggressive with vehicles," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.