Today's News

  • Park board considers phone survey to gauge support for rec center expansion

    If the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board decides to move forward with a phone survey, a sampling of district residents will be asked their opinion about plans to expand Buchanan Rec Center.

    EPRD staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the rec center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase, which district residents would need to approve in an election. The improvements would provide additional recreational opportunities and space for people who use district facilities.

  • Owners of Evergreen Academy seek rezoning for lodge

    The owners of Evergreen Academy are seeking rezoning of the property on Alabraska Lane to create hotel-style rooms for overnight guests on the upper level of the building, which they are calling “the lodge.”

    The property is currently zoned as Planned Development, but overnight accommodations are not a permitted use.

    Roger and Eileen Himes of Castle Rock and Louise and Steve Stucky of Evergreen have submitted a preliminary application to Jeffco Planning and Zoning, which Jeffco planner Heather Gutherless is managing.

  • Prisoner in Jeffco jail commits suicide

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail committed suicide Thursday night in his cell.

    Harley Jefferson Smith, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 6 p.m. by deputies during their rounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies administered CPR, but Smith was declared dead at 6:40 p.m. at the jail. Smith had been booked into the jail on traffic charges on Thursday about noon.

  • Bootstraps scholarship and loan application available online Dec. 1

    An application for scholarships and interest-free loans will be available on the website of Evergreen-based Bootstraps, www.bootstrapsinc.org, beginning Dec. 1. High school students planning to pursue higher education in the fall of 2016 must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

    • Graduating from Evergreen, Conifer, Gilpin County, Platte Canyon, or Clear Creek High School in May 2016.


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  • Repaving of Highway 74 will wait till spring

    Evergreen will have to wait until spring before Highway 74 is repaved.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation hit a snag in gaining access to land to create a shoulder and bike lane on the north end of Highway 74 near King Soopers. Even though that section of road is not set for repaving, CDOT didn’t want to put the project out for bid until it had the bike-path approval in anticipation of the entire road being resurfaced, according to CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong.

  • Rash of mailbox thefts reported in mountain areas, South Jeffco

    Numerous mailbox break-ins in South Jeffco and the mountain areas in early November are believed to be related, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators targeted clusters of mailboxes such as those at apartment complexes or for a group of homes in more remote mountain areas, said Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt.

  • Time to trot again

    In Evergreen, Thanksgiving is not only a time to be grateful and eat a sumptuous meal, but also a day to join in an event that welcomes kids and dogs: the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach.

  • IREA customers complain of scammers

    Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association have notified the electric co-op that an automated calling service has been claiming that their bills are past due.

    The call, which says electric service will be cut off in 30 to 45 minutes, instructs customers to make payment arrangements by calling an 888-prefix number, IREA says.

  • How to get your free listing in the Canyon Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.