Today's News

  • Jeffco school district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • McMinimee: Alternatives exist for addressing district’s facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • EMS science classes join water-monitoring project

    Armed with composition notebooks, inquisitive minds and $10,000 worth of water-monitoring equipment, the sixth-grade science classes from Evergreen Middle School collected data for a joint project with the Bear Creek Watershed Association at the Buchanan Ponds on May 4. 

    For the first five minutes, students were asked to wander and take observational notes on what elements might be affecting the health of the environment.  

  • Dredging begins at Evergreen Lake

    Dredging has begun at Evergreen Lake, and the work is expected to continue through mid-September.

    The Evergreen Metropolitan District plans to remove about 12,000 cubic feet of sediment — much of it that flowed into the lake during the 2013 flooding — from the northern side of the lake.

    The sediment will be dumped at the former transfer station on Highway 73. Twelve-thousand cubic feet is the equivalent of putting sediment nearly 6 feet deep onto an entire football field.

  • DA reviewing signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

  • Students perform patriotic program for Elk Run residents

    Condensing the 240-year history of the United States into a 35-minute program, complete with a dozen songs, could be daunting for some performers. However, the second-grade classes at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen was more than willing to share, and their audience was more than willing to listen.

  • Picture-perfect attendance

    Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill attended school every day of his high school career — all 664 days — and he now has a flat-screen television to show for it.

    Austin, 18, was the last honoree at the school’s awards ceremony May 11 for his accomplishment, and school officials don’t remember the last time a student reached this milestone.

    Austin’s 32-inch television comes courtesy of the Evergreen Walmart, which donated the TV at the request of Beau Campbell, the school’s resource officer.

  • Golf party makes fund-raising more fun for Evergreen Rotary

    The beauty of the Evergreen Rotary’s “100 Holes of Golf” annual fund-raiser is the beneficiaries not only get to do most of the work, they also have most of the fun.

    Evergreen Rotary provides the website and distributes the money to about 20 charities with a lot less effort. Anyone can make a contribution to one of the charities by going to the website 100holes.evergreenrotary.org. Donors don’t have to golf or buy anything. 

  • EFPD to seek property-tax increase, bond issue

    Declines in property-tax revenue and changes in the Affordable Care Act are leading the Evergreen Fire Protection District to seek a property-tax increase and a bond issue.

  • Primary election scheduled June 28

    Voting packets are scheduled to be in the mail beginning June 6 in advance of the federal, state and county primary election June 28.  The primary will be an all-mail election, and the ballots started printing on May 9. It will be a short, one-page document. 

    May 27 is the last day a voter affiliated with a party is able to change affiliation to vote in a different party's primary.