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Today's News

  • RMAE lays off seven to deal with budget shortfall

    Seven staff members at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen were laid off last week as the school works to balance its budget and deal with a decline in enrollment.

    The furloughed staff members are two deans, a kindergarten teacher, an in-house substitute teacher and three aides. In addition, an unfilled position was eliminated when the school’s math specialist also took on the position of middle-school math teacher.

  • Former senator Gary Hart addresses Evergreen interfaith service

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    The Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at United Methodist Church in Evergreen welcomed a familiar face Sunday to deliver its Thanksgiving message — former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

    Hart talked about the history of national security, gratitude and the future of security during the appearance. 

  • Brown creepers have habit of climbing trees in spiral pattern

    (Reprinted from Nov. 26, 2008)

    Many people have asked recently about a little brown mottled bird with a white breast and a curved beak that they have seen circling around the trunks of their trees. The bird is a brown creeper, a fairly common resident in our woodlands. Why they have become so obvious recently probably has several causes.

  • EFPD plans spending increases after voter approval of tax increase

    Employee compensation at Evergreen Fire/Rescue will get a boost next year as a result of the 3.5-mill property-tax increase approved by voters earlier this month.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation. 

  • I-70 reopens after 20-vehicle accident near Floyd Hill

    All lanes of Interstate 70 were reopened late Thursday afternoon near Floyd Hill after a 20-car pileup had closed both sides of the highway earlier.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported on Twitter that the highway had reopened about 4:40 p.m.

    State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis confirmed that at least 20 vehicles were involved in the accident, and at least two people were transported to the hospital. Lewis said he did not know the extent of their injuries, but he was not aware of any serious or life-threatening injuries.

  • Jeffco ordered to pay family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million in jail death suit

    A federal judge awarded the family of Jennifer Lobato $2.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit against Jefferson County.

  • Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in accident

    A 23-year-old man was transported to the hospital in serious condition after a motorcycle crashed Wednesday afternoon near Squaw Pass and Sinton roads.

    John Delles, 23, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Delles was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    Lewis said Delles was issued a citation, but the precise cause of the accident was still undetermined.

     

  • Phamaly Theatre bringing ‘Giant Peach’ to Center/Stage

    By Penny Randell, for the Courier

    The Evergreen Chorale will welcome a guest performance of “James and the Giant Peach” on Sunday at Center/Stage Theatre, acted and directed by the Phamaly Theatre Company from Denver. This professional-grade musical is for the whole family and promises to provide a festive path toward Thanksgiving.

  • High lead levels found in water at over 100 schools

    The number of Jeffco schools affected by unsafe levels of lead in drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain has risen to 109.

    According to documents posted to the district’s website, approximately 7,500 samples have been taken from 144 schools since June 3, and more than 500 of those samples showed lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum allowable level, which is 15 parts per billion.