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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Hearing dates rescheduled for retreat center in Marshdale

    Hearings for a proposed retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been rescheduled after a requested delay by the property owners.

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hear the case on Sept. 24  and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which will review and vote on it at the Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Sustainability group has new board members

    Four new board members have been named to vacant seats at the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability.

    The Evergreen nonprofit group works on projects in areas such as renewable energy and recycling. The group operates with a budget of about $50,000 per year, a part-time executive director, a 13-member board, and an advisory board.

    “We’re really excited to have the new energy,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of the group.