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Today's News

  • Who manages Evergreen Lake?

    Since the tragic accident at Evergreen Lake in January that took the life of Idledale resident Greg Henika, a question of responsibility for managing the reservoir has surfaced in the community.

    Representatives of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District say the district is one of several agencies with a role in the management of Evergreen Lake. They also say that EPRD staff maintain only the portion of the lake where the ice rinks are located, and not the entire body of water. 

  • Deputy derided prisoner who later died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn't do drugs.”

  • Bond set at $50,000 for principal accused in sex assault

    Bond was set at $50,000 on March 11 for the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School in South Jeffco, who was arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a child that began more than 10 years ago.

    Steven Weigum, 55, was taken into custody March 9 and booked into the jail on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • Phone scammer claiming to be from Elk Creek Fire soliciting funds

    The Elk Creek Fire Department has received reports that a scammer is calling local residents and asking for donations and credit-card information while posing as a representative of the fire department.

  • Pay raises urged for principals, assistant principals

    Jeffco Public Schools should pay higher salaries to its principals and assistant principals, teachers who hold relevant master's degrees, and staff in hard-to-fill positions, the district’s human resources chief said at a March 5 school board meeting.

    As the district moves into its budget season and gears up for contract negotiations with the teachers union, chief human resources officer Amy Weber recommended that board members consider instituting the pay changes to make the district more competitive. 

  • Student-based budgeting lets principals get a jump on hiring

    Several months into Jeffco Public Schools’ implementation of student-based budgeting, area principals are saying the new policy gives them the ability to react quickly to their schools' hiring needs.

  • Owls help keep rodent population under control

    The great horned owl is probably the most common owl in the Evergreen area. A few of the smaller owls may be nearly as common during their brief breeding period, but the great horned owl is a permanent resident in local areas where adequate food and nesting sites are available.

  • EHS teacher gets a soldier’s sendoff

    For the past eight years, Evergreen High School teacher Michael Poynter has dedicated himself to teaching science.

    For the next seven months, Poynter will dedicate himself to the military, returning to active duty with the inspector general’s office.

  • Jail prisoner who died was awaiting medical attention

    A shoplifting suspect who died March 2 while in custody at the Jeffco jail requested medical attention during the afternoon but stopped breathing hours later and died before she was seen by medical professionals. 

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, complained to jail staff that afternoon about feeling ill, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. A deputy then notified the jail’s medical staff that Lobato was throwing up and had asked to see a doctor.

  • Baptism by fire

    Two firefighters carefully carried what first looked like an unconscious person out of the smoke in a home at 3711 Overlook Trail in Evergreen on Saturday.

    On closer examination, the unconscious person turned out to be a dummy that was part of training exercises being conducted in the 4,000-square-foot home in the Overlook at Palo Verde neighborhood.