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Today's News

  • Advance tickets for Big Chili Cook-off available to mountain community

    Advance tickets for the 2015 Big Chili Cook-off are now available to residents in the mountain communities through the organization’s website.

    Headliner bands for this year’s event on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Buchanan Park in Evergreen are Jimmie Van Zant and Molly Hatchet.

    Visit the Big Chili website at www.bigchili.org  to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or reserve vendor and artist space. Tickets cost $15 for adults. Firefighters with identification and children under 12 are admitted free.

  • New recreation manager selected for Evergreen park district

    Brian Tucker of Arvada has been selected as recreation manager for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and will begin working in the position on Jan. 29. 

    Tucker is replacing Ellen O’Connor, whom the EPRD board of directors chose in November as executive director for the district. 

    Since 2008, Tucker has served as executive director for the Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA in Arvada.  

  • Singing songs of Selma

    People who see the film “Selma” depicting the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 might wonder what it was like to actually be there. 

    Evergreen residents Ann and Mike Moore know. They were among 25,000 people who participated in the march organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders seeking voting rights for disenfranchised African-Americans.

  • GOP legislator named to county commission

    A Jeffco GOP vacancy committee has named state Rep. Libby Szabo to take over the remainder of the term of former county commissioner Faye Griffin. 

    Szabo was elected in November to a third term in House District 27, which includes western Arvada, and served as assistant minority leader for the House Republicans.   

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • Evergreen chamber president Browning resigns

    Lin Browning, president and CEO of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the job, citing personal reasons. Her last day at work was Jan. 14.

    “As some of you may know,” she said in an e-mail letter to chamber members, “I've been dealing with major family health issues and have decided to take this time in my life to focus on being a mom and a daughter.”

  • Northern shrikes are prolific small-animal hunters

    If you are riding around this area on a nice winter day and see a lone black-and-white bird perched on a fence or utility line, it is probably a shrike.

    The question is, “Which one?” because there are two species of shrikes that occur in different parts of our state at different times of the year. Shrikes are interesting birds that scientists have had trouble placing in the system of birds ever since they were first observed.

  • Jeffco Open Space recommends grants for Evergreen park district, Nature Center

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen Nature Center are in line to receive grants from Jeffco Open Space and the Conservation Trust Fund, respectively.

    After a final review Jan. 8, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee agreed to support staff recommendations that include a $40,000 grant to replace the bridge at Evergreen Lake Park and $11,000 for projects at the Nature Center.

  • Jeffco says farewell to outgoing officials

    Jeffco said goodbye to four county officials last week in the final days of their terms, with a new wave of elected officials set to be sworn in Jan. 13. 

    Sheriff Ted Mink, Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson and Assessor Jim Everson all were term-limited and did not run in last November's election. County Commissioner Faye Griffin will forgo her final two years on the commission to take over as the newly elected clerk and recorder. All four are Republicans.

  • Slip-sliding into the annual Ice Melt Contest

    Trudging through slushy, slippery ice, members of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club carried their iconic blue barrel onto Evergreen Lake and placed it on a wooden frame Dec. 6.

    Rotary member Jerry Lautigar drilled holes in the ice with an auger to secure the frame, while John Ellis and others held onto it. A Realtor's lock-box containing two watches was attached to the base of the structure with a large chain.