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Today's News

  • Saturday in the park

    Bear Creek flowed merrily beside Kittredge Community Park as festival-goers enjoyed a sunny day at Canyonfest on Saturday.

    The annual celebration offered an opportunity for families to enjoy live music and food and to peruse creative wares of vendors, including sparkling scarves waving in the afternoon breeze.

    Kids had a good time playing traditional games, participating in sack and gumby-duck races, and jumping in the bouncy castle in a corner of the park.

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Evergreen transfer station closing

    Many area residents will be looking for a new place to drop off trash, now that the EDS Waste Solutions Inc. transfer station on Highway 73 is closing at the end of the month.

    The trash company has operated for more than 30 years on 549 acres of Denver Mountain Parks land. EDS sold its trash hauling routes and trucks to competitor Waste Management Inc. in 2012 for an undisclosed sum but continues to operate the transfer station and recycling station.

  • Dredging planned in the spring at Evergreen Lake

    Officials are planning to dredge Evergreen Lake in the spring to clean out sediment brought in by the September 2013 flooding.

    The “stealth” dredging project will be done with a pontoon boat to minimize the impacts on lake users, said Dave Lighthart, general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Sediment material will be pumped from the boat through a pipe to a “de-watering” operation that will separate the water from the sediment. The water will be treated before being put back into the lake, Lighthart said.

  • Kid stuff spices up Big Chili Cook-off

    Luke Gilchrist, 6, picked up a fire hose, turned on the heavy stream of water and knocked down all three plywood “windows” in a wood house facade in the obstacle course at Sunday’s Big Chili Cook-off.

    Luke finished first in the 6-and-under category of the kids version of the Firefighter Challenge, with a time of 55 seconds. 

  • Big Chili winners

    Firefighter Challenge: Clint Sayler, 26, from Platte Canyon 1:27.51

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Veggie: Pam McQuin and Nancy Tzeng

     from the Seniors' Resource Center: Pam’s Rompin Stompin Veggie

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Red: Brian Ormerod, Tommyknocker

     Buffalo Roadhouse Red

    Judges' Choice Restaurant Green: Matt Vogler, The Tributary @244 

  • Wiener dog race adds to festivities at this year’s Oktoberfest

    Wieners of the canine variety will add pizzazz to this year’s Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday, Sept. 21.

    The annual festival sponsored by the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation is featuring a race for canines with long torsos and short legs. Dog owners who would like to participate can register at Chow Down Pet Supplies in Bergen Park, and should be at the festival by 3 p.m. the day of the race. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the winning wiener dogs.

  • Cactus Jack's to celebrate its rebound from the flood

    Cactus Jack's Saloon and Grill is planning a party on Saturday to celebrate its comeback after last year’s flood wiped out the business.

    Sept. 13 is the one-year anniversary of the Bear Creek flood that devastated both Cactus Jack's and JP Total on opposite ends of downtown, and closed Highway 73 over the dam, Highway 74 through downtown Evergreen and Kittredge, and Upper Bear Creek Road.

    The water damaged several downtown businesses and homes in the area.

  • A walk on the wild side

    Nearly 140 people of all ages, plus dozens of dogs and two llamas, traversed the Pioneer Trail from Bergen Park to Evergreen Lake on Saturday in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.