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Today's News

  • A bicyclist’s heartfelt plea: Give us a brake

    The other day I was riding my bike on the road up Squaw Pass. On a straight stretch where I could see about a quarter mile in both directions, a big truck was barreling toward me from up ahead — a cement-mixer, which is one wide dude! When I checked my handlebar mirror, a car was fast approaching from behind, too.

    It looked like these two vehicles might meet right where I was tooling along on my bike. No problem — not if the truck driver stays in his own lane, I shift over to the narrow shoulder, and the driver coming from behind has any sense. 

  • 9-year-old writes the book on nature

    On a single nature outing, 9-year-old Jenna Audlin spotted more than 20 different Evergreen critters.

    “We went out here at 7 o’clock, like, a week ago to a birding-thingy, and we saw 18 species of birds and 20 species of animals,” Jenna said.

    Jenna is the co-author of the new “Explore More! Outdoor Challenge for Kids” activity book. Created in 2015 by the Evergreen Nature Center, the Explore More! Outdoor Challenge encourages both kids and adults alike to get outside for improved well-being.

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run appears in court

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy in March at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit had his first court appearance June 6.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and careless driving resulting in injury.

  • Mirada named best art gallery in Denver area

    Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills has been named the best art gallery in the Denver area as part of the 2016 Denver A-List awards. Five years after it was a finalist for the award, the gallery bested more than 100 other galleries from across the state, including the Space Gallery and Robischon Gallery in Denver.

    According to co-owner Steve Sonnen, the honor is a validation of the gallery’s efforts since it opened in 2009.

  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Two Evergreen schools will have new leadership at the start of the 2016-17 academic year: Kathleen Piane will fill a new assistant principal position at Evergreen Middle School, and Brandon Brekke will take over as principal at Evergreen High.

  • Another perspective on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is not celebrated by all nations; it is a U.S. holiday. It’s a day of remembrance (lest we forget) to honor those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we all too often take for granted.

    In Cambridge, England, however, not only is Memorial Day recognized, it is the most important day of the year at the American Cemetery and Memorial 3 miles outside the city center. This year, I had the privilege of attending their ceremony, surrounded by 8,939 names engraved in this garden of stone.

  • By the numbers: Looking back at the 2016 spring season

    Between the postponements and cancelations caused by rough weather this past prep spring season, there were still some great accomplishments by student-athletes from Conifer and Platte Canyon.

    8:01.48

    The time for Evergreen’s boys 4x800 relay team at the state track and field meet.

  • School board approves budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17. 

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Senior Law Day offers information on end-of-life planning and more

    Estate planning. Medicaid. End-of-life planning. Social security. Financial powers of attorney. Identity theft. Scams. Choosing assisted-living facilities.

    These were just a few of the workshops the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and its partners offered during the sixth annual Senior Law Day on Saturday at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    More than 600 attendees, including senior citizens, family members, caretakers, vendors and volunteers, spent the day providing or getting needed information.

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

    This scene is a staple of summer weekends. And with summer fast approaching, more motorcyclists will frequent Jefferson County’s canyon roads to enjoy the mountain scenery.