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Today's News

  • Community input sought at upcoming CAC meeting

    Community input is being sought at the next Conifer Area Council meeting on Sept. 20 at West Jeff Middle School. According to Shirley Johnson, president of the CAC, the organization is gearing up for a new Claiming Conifer’s Character Community Survey and would like a better response than in previous years.

  • Two more enter race for Jeffco school board

    Two Jeffco school board members seeking re-election this fall will face competition after two last-minute candidates filed the required signature petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline.

    According to Helen Neal, Jeffco Public Schools’ election coordinator, Matt Van Gieson of Arvada and Erica Shields of Littleton each filed several pages of petition signatures after picking up the petitions Aug. 28. The school district certified Sept. 4 that each candidate met the required 50 verified signatures in order to get on the ballot.

  • Dahlkemper announces bid for county commissioner seat

    Former Jeffco school board president Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the District 3 seat on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    Publicly announced last Friday, Dahlkemper’s campaign comes nearly two and half years after she said she wouldn’t seek a second term on the Jeffco school board.

    In an interview Monday, Dahlkemper, a Democrat, said her decision to re-enter politics was not unexpected and stems from a desire to increase her own community involvement.

  • Morrison takes first peek at ‘18 budget

    The Morrison town board is taking an initial look at its 2018 budget, which is set for approval in November.

    Currently, the town is outlining a nearly $5.4 million spending plan that relies heavily on sales tax and court fines for revenue. In total, the two bring in about $1.4 million for the town.

    The budget plans for general-fund spending of $3.98 million and another $1.38 million for the town’s utility fund. For the general fund, Morrison would require approximately $464,000 from its reserves.

  • Morrison police chief set to retire

    Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval is retiring from his position at the end of September, and the town is moving forward with plans to hire his replacement.

    Sandoval, who has worked in the profession for more than 47 years, sent his letter of resignation to the town at the end of August.

    “It has been a real pleasure working with all the officers and town employees that were here when I was hired and those officers and employees that were hired since my appointment,” he wrote in the letter.

  • Grass fire along I-70 near Genesee contained

    All lanes of Interstate 70 and Highway 40 had been reopened Wednesday evening after firefighters worked since the afternoon to douse a grass fire near Genesee. The fire is now contained and crews are continuing mop-up operations.

    The fire, which was between mile markers 254 and 255, was first reported around 1:45 p.m. The blaze was in the brush and trees on the north side of the interstate. 

  • Taking the climb: Annual 9/11 event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre honors fallen

    Toting American flags, full fire gear and, in some instances, extra weights, approximately 2,000 men, women and children climbed the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    Up, around and down nine times they went.

    Their trek on Monday was a symbolic one, meant to mimic the 110 flights climbed by first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Many climbers wore an ID badge of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11, and the significance of the event didn’t go unnoticed by organizers, participants or spectators.

  • Retiring the Stars & Stripes

    Colter Snyder, 16, gently put the final U.S. flag into the fire, its stars and stripes turning dark in the heat and slowly collapsing in the flames. It was the 142nd U.S. flag to be retired on Saturday evening.

    Colter, a Life Scout, and his fellow Scouts in Troop 737 hosted an official flag retirement ceremony at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building. The event was Colter’s Eagle Scout project, and commemorated and recognized the flag’s significance, as well as honored veterans and 9/11 victims.

  • Lake bridge replacement delayed until spring 2018

    The replacement for the bridge over Bear Creek leading to the Lake House has been delayed once again and is now being projected for spring 2018.

    While the City and County of Denver had approached both the Evergreen Metropolitan District and Evergreen Park & Recreation District to help with cost overruns, Denver now has withdrawn this request.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, Denver has told the district that the Colorado Department of Transportation will be covering the majority of the cost overruns, alongside Denver.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park staying active in the community

    Even though the dog park in Evergreen is closed, the dogs — and, more importantly, their friends — aren’t content to stay indoors.

    Since the Elk Meadow dog park was closed last spring, the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are staying active, both on the political level and within the mountain community.