Today's News

  • Morrison eyes 2018 budget one final time

    Morrison Town Board took a final look last week at its 2018 budget, a spending plan that continues to rely heavily on sales tax revenue and court fines.

    The town expects to begin 2018 with $4.45 million in its general fund balance and $1.38 million in its utility fund balance. With $2.34 million estimated in revenues and $2.96 million estimated in expenditures, Morrison plans to transfer $624,261 from its general fund reserves.

  • Farolito lighting, pinecone ceremony welcomes new holiday season

    With a fiery sunset blazing in the sky, dozens of farolitos flickered on, shining a light on the adobe walls of The Fort in Morrison and marking the beginning of another holiday season.

    Held annually on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the farolito lighting and pinecone ceremony serves as a kickoff to holiday festivities. The lights will illuminate The Fort throughout the holiday season.

    “It’s an evening to celebrate and usher in the holiday season,” Brooke Traylor, director of the Tesoro Cultural Center, said.

  • Ex-human services worker Schultz pleads not guilty

    A former Jefferson County Human Services worker pleaded not guilty Monday morning to 22 counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery.

    Richelle Schultz, 53, has been accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. She was indicted by a Jeffco grand jury in September and will return to court on Dec. 11 for a pre-trial conference.

  • Education briefs

    Outgoing Platte Canyon board member inducted into HOF
    Outgoing Platte Canyon school board member Susan Carpenter was inducted into the Platte Canyon High School Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 after nearly 40 years of service to the school district.

  • Proposed Jeffco arts magnet school gets pushback from school board

    A proposal for a dedicated arts school in Jefferson County received significant pushback from the Jeffco school board earlier this month after board members felt it not only lacked enough community input, but would also be an irresponsible use of current resources.

  • Ex-undersheriff enters ‘18 ParkCo sheriff race

    A year and a half after his resignation as Park County undersheriff, Monte Gore has entered the 2018 race for Park County sheriff.

    Formally announced at a press conference at the Park County courthouse last month, Gore’s decision to run stems from a desire to restore public trust in an office he says isn’t acting in the best interests of its staff or its community.

  • Preliminary hearings in attempted murder case continued until January

    The preliminary hearings for two men arrested in connection with the beating and imprisonment of a 21-year old man in Conifer in September have been continued to Jan. 10 after new charges were filed earlier this month.

    Wynn Ray Sichting, 59, of Conifer, is accused of trying to kill his nephew, Adonis Cherokee Gomez, on Sept. 11 after Gomez attempted to retrieve some belongings he’d left behind after moving out of Sichting’s home in the 27000 block of Parsons Road a week prior.

  • Cougar girls poised for another stellar season

    It may be hard to improve on its 4A state championship from last year — the first in school history — but that won’t stop the Evergreen girls’ basketball team from likely dominating its competition on the hardwood this season.

    It certainly doesn’t hurt that they only lost one senior following the 2016 season.

  • Long-time Evergreen businesses celebrate major anniversaries

    Businesses and owners in downtown Evergreen have come and gone over the years, but several long-time establishments are celebrating important anniversaries this fall.

    Lee’s Barber Shop celebrated its 50th anniversary in October.

    This month, both Evergreen Gallery and Silver Arrow are celebrating 30 years on Main Street, and Pam and Jeff Gilbert are celebrating 30 years as owners of The Holly Berry.

    Lee’s Barber Shop

  • Jeffco library executive director announces plans to retire

    Jeffco Public Library’s executive director has announced plans to retire in summer 2018.

    Pam Nissler, who has been with JCPL since 2009 and was named executive director in 2012, spoke of her plans to retire next August at the Nov. 16 Library Board of Trustees meeting.

    “I will stay engaged until I leave,” Nissler said on Nov. 21. “It was a hard decision to leave. It’s a wonderful job; I’ve enjoyed it a great deal. It’s the right time and the right thing to do.”