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Today's News

  • Summer a time to revel in reading

    For our youths in the foothills, summer brings a freedom from school schedules for three brief months — you can read what you WANT to read. I was always excited about the first book of the summer — my choice. I love books. I love the feel of their weight, the smell and the look. To me, they represent a new beginning, hidden knowledge and the best of humanity. This may seem a bit romantic but … so be it — it’s summer!

  • Four more hummingbirds occasionally visit the area

    Last week I wrote about the two most common hummingbirds seen locally, the broad-tailed and the rufous.

    Broad-tailed hummingbirds usually arrive in April and nest here. Rufous hummingbirds, which have gone north along the Pacific coast in early spring, have nested as far north as southern Alaska and return south along the mountains where there are still wildflowers.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session.  

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Lights to brighten Conifer’s stadium

    The light poles are up; three team rooms, including one that will serve as a storage area/officials room, are in place at the end of the south end zone; and new asphalt will be laid to replace the worn-out track surrounding Lobo Field. 

    Get ready Conifer High School, Lobo Field is almost ready to play under the lights.

    Construction on the improved facilities began in early June. Great Outdoors Colorado provided a grant for $280,000 last year, which allowed Conifer High to reach its $500,000 goal to install lights and team rooms at Lobo Field.

  • Press box adds new element to EHS

    Sitting just off the track at Evergreen High School, the blue and gold-colored press box is a welcomed sight. It’s been a long time coming, but it was a necessity if the school wants to host more varsity football game up in the foothills.

    “It’s very nice. I really like the way it looks,” Evergreen varsity football coach Rob Molholm said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re excited to have it.”

  • Mallet aforethought

    The genteel game of croquet was the highlight of the evening on Saturday at the second annual Victorian lawn party at the Humphrey History Park and Museum.

    Participants — some dressed in white, reminiscent of lawn parties of old — played rounds of croquet in a friendly tournament to determine a champion. The players were supportive and helped each other out in the game, which can be cutthroat.

  • All about the Beaver Brook Watershed

    “Right now, you’re standing on a success story,” said Jessica Hibbert, seasonal intern for the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    Leading hikers into the Beaver Brook Watershed on a sunny Saturday morning, Hibbert explained that this protected property was at one time at high risk for development.  However, MALT and other agencies worked to preserve 5,700 acres on Squaw Pass Road, which protects a critical watershed and provides recreational opportunities, she said.

  • Kittredge Park improvement project moves forward

    Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade has been selected for the playground improvement project at Kittredge Park, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

    The plan that Schade designed includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for 2- to 12-year-old youngsters. A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in her design. The new equipment will meet ADA standards, Schade noted in her proposal.