Today's News

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

  • Evergreen resident organizing Motorcycle Relief Project for veterans

    Evergreen resident Tom Larson is embarking on a program to help military veterans cope with their problems by taking motorcycle adventure rides in the countryside.

    Working with Army veteran Shawn Nelson of Arizona, Larson is planning the first trip of the Motorcycle Relief Project from Aug. 24-28.

    While dealing with a personal trauma that was similar to the post-traumatic stress disorder many veterans experience, Larson said, he came up with the idea for the motorcycle project.

  • House finches, other species sighted at area feeders

    Mid-August and instead of the lazy days of hot summer, it has been relatively warm days and good-sleeping cool nights. Sitting out in front of Elk Run Assisted Living, I watched two house finches bring their young to the feeder as well as seeing one adult American robin trying to find a place damp enough to provide one angleworm to feed his one youngster.

    Although nearly full size, the immature robin still sported enough speckles on his breast to identify him and to show his age as a young member of the thrush family.

  • Plan for lighted billboard reconsidered in wake of protest

    An organized protest by residents objecting to a plan for a large lighted billboard on property near Interstate 70 in El Rancho has prompted a sign company owner to reconsider.

    Steve Richards, owner of Mile High Outdoor Advertising, said his company is deciding what to do about plans for the sign, and will make a decision in the coming weeks.

  • Dedicated few participate in Relay for Life in Evergreen

    Only a handful of people participated in the Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society at Evergreen High School on Saturday.

    “We’re in a rebuilding year and looking for more community engagement,” said Farrah Salisbury, ACS community manager, noting the small turnout.

    Those who did participate expressed enthusiasm and support for the event, however. And about $3,200 was raised, Salisbury said.

    “I really enjoy the experience,” said Evergreen resident Kelley Karl.

  • Teachers on parade

    Teachers at Evergreen Middle School have put a creative spin on the new school year.

    On Monday, they decorated cars and drove them parade-style to Evergreen’s elementary schools and Evergreen High School to start the new school year on a high note. School starts on Aug. 17.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • Canadian dies during Red Rocks Century bike ride

    A Canadian man died Saturday morning in Evergreen while riding in the Red Rocks Century bicycle ride.

    Bohdan Juzkiw, 66, apparently crashed near Little Cub Creek and Stanley Park roads during the ride, according to bystanders. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office.

    While witnesses initially thought the man had suffered a heart attack, the coroner’s office found otherwise.

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union last Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • Local woman collapses, dies after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks

    A 59-year-old Evergreen woman collapsed and died Monday, Aug. 3, after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks.

    Linda Appleby died of a heart attack after climbing the two popular fourteeners, said her husband, Donald Appleby. The couple and their daughter Jessica, 32, were celebrating Donald Appleby's 60th birthday, he said. "Fourteeners" are peaks with summits higher than 14,000 feet above sea level.