Today's News

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • Lease renewal for Alderfer property stirs debate on park board

    Evergreen park district board members are challenging the terms of a proposed lease agreement for 5.4 acres of Alderfer property.

    For the past 25 years the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has been responsible for maintaining the house and barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park through a lease agreement with Jeffco Open Space, which owns the property. The current lease expires in November, and Jeffco has offered the park district a 50-year lease with terms similar to the current one.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

     The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Man arrested in Aurora linked to Aspen Park kidnapping

    A 20-year-old arrested in Aurora on Wednesday morning in a car-theft case has been linked to the reported kidnapping of a Park County teen last week, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Aurora police arrested Dakota Holand about 8 a.m., before officials linked him to the reported abduction of a 16-year-old male from outside the Aspen Park King Soopers on Aug. 20.

  • 5 questions with Brock Burke

    Last year, Evergreen High alum Brock Burke was a third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. A year later, the lanky left-hander is coming along with the Appalachian League’s Princeton Rays. He’s made 10 starts with a 3-2 record and 3.40 earned-run average. Sports editor Michael Hicks caught up with Burke last week.

  • Cross county: Cougars favorites again in 4A Jeffco

    Caitlin Schmitt, as she ran to a ninth-place finish at the 4A state cross country championships last October, pictured her teammates and her family, but she also ran for herself.
    “That was one of the best races for me,” Schmitt recalled. “I was very, very happy with my finish.”
    It’s that excited, ecstatic feeling that the Evergreen High School senior hopes to feel again this year as the Cougars embark on the 2015 season.

  • Gymnastics preview: EHS coping with youth, inexperience

    Looking at the roster, it’s not all that difficult to point out who the Evergreen High School gymnastics team will be leaning on in 2015 to lead the charge.
    That would be Callie Cohen, the team’s lone senior. But head coach Chancey Hines isn’t too concerned with that. She knows her team captain can handle it.

  • Eagle sighted at Evergreen Lake must be looking for a mate

    Many people have reported the sighting of an adult bald eagle that has visited Evergreen Lake several times this summer. I even saw it myself when a friend was driving me down Highway 74 one day last week.

    The eagle was too high and it was poorly lighted, so I could not actually see its white head and tail, but I knew it was an eagle by the soaring bird’s very flat appearance. They look like they were cut out of a piece of cardboard. Red-tailed hawks and other large birds that you might confuse it with have must more bend in their wings.