Today's News

  • Distinctive song of sparrows is hard to miss

    Whenever I hear the call note or the song of a song sparrow, I think of my childhood. There was a small blue spruce tree on the north side of our house that my father had planted to mark the border between the fields and the lawn.

    The mowed area was hardly a lawn as it was uneven and bumpy, just mowed. The small spruce marked the edge and had mowed grass on one side and had clumps of tall unmowed grass on the other.

  • School board candidates forum low-key, polite

    While the political storm surrounding Jeffco’s school board election continues to rage, a candidate forum Oct. 13 in Conifer was, in contrast, low-key and civil.

    Eleven of the 13 candidates in the Nov. 3 election appeared at the event at West Jefferson Middle School, which was moderated by Evergreen Newspapers editor Doug Bell and co-sponsored by the newspapers and the Conifer Area Council. For the most part, candidates seemed to lean on their usual talking points.

  • Planning Commission recommends rejection of resident's plan to erect wind turbine tower

    Close to 50 neighbors voiced opposition Wednesday evening to an Evergreen Meadows resident’s plan to erect a 90-foot-high tower for a wind turbine.

    It was after midnight when the Jeffco Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend rejection of homeowner Hans Sinkovec’s plan. Sinkovec declined to comment after the five-hour hearing. The proposal next will be heard by the county commissioners on Nov. 10.

  • Toll for eastbound peak-period lane on I-70 could hit $40

    Homeward-bound skiers could pay up to $40 to use the new 13-mile peak-period toll lane on I-70 this winter.

    State transportation officials approved toll amounts Wednesday for the eastbound toll lane from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels, which is expected to open in December, said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. Officials previously said prices would range from $3 to $30.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Oct. 14 and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Pathfinders to honor law officers, firefighters at town hall

    The Evergreen Pathfinders are planning to honor and thank local law officers and firefighters at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The Pathfinders' Jim Gorman said the purpose of the evening is to  "thank the members of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Evergreen Fire Department for being there for the people in the community, for looking out for our well-being and protection."

  • Wintering juncos are hard to distinguish

    A friend asked if I would write about the junco complex again this week because she said, “They are showing up in large numbers at my feeders, and once more, I can’t tell them apart.” Well, all I could say was “Join the club,” for we are all having the same problem.

  • Regan Benson, candidate in District 5

    School board candidate Regan Benson, a former Jeffco parent and a longtime vocal critic of past school board members, said her rocky relationship with the board spurred her candidacy and her call for higher academic standards.

    Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. 

  • Local environmental group reaping success with zero-waste initiative

    Working with Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride in July recycled and composted 90 percent of waste generated on the final day of the event, which more than 1,500 people attended.

    “We had a bank of volunteers who monitored waste stations,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of EASY.

  • Evergreen organizations receive donations from Mountain-Foothills Rotary

    The annual Andy Smith Sr. Golf Tournament co-sponsored by the Mountain-Foothills Rotary Club and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District raised more than $35,000 to benefit organizations serving the community.

    “This was our all-time high,” said Mike Bornhouser, Rotary president. “We had the most golfers that could be accommodated.”