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Today's News

  • Linn, Ellis ready to take seats on EPRD board

    Evergreen residents Peg Linn and John Ellis say they are looking forward to serving on the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District after their success in the May 6 election. They will join EPRD board member Peter Lindquist, who was re-elected, and members Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski at the May 27 meeting.

    Board members Kit Darrow and Mark Footer are leaving office.

    Ellis, Linn and Lindquist all say they are hoping to encourage greater community involvement with the park district. 

  • Upper Bear homeowners seek faster Internet

    About 100 homeowners in the Upper Bear Creek neighborhood plan to lobby CenturyLink for Internet upgrades, now that money from a state telephone fund can be used to pay for broadband infrastructure.

    About $50 million is reimbursed to Colorado phone carriers annually from a statewide High Cost Fund. The money is collected through a 2.6 percent surcharge on land-line and cell-phone bills to pay for telephone infrastructure, mostly in rural areas. State legislators recently passed a bill that will make the money available for broadband infrastructure upgrades as well.

  • Dawn chorus at Evergreen Lake brings new bird sightings

    Time flies. Already it is Friday, May 9, as I write, and spring, which has come and gone several times this past week, is now promising another 15 to 16 inches of snow on Sunday. Every day, the grass grows greener outside my window.

    I am at the moment at the Life Care Center of Evergreen, since I slipped at home and hurt my back. My hope is that a few days of physical therapy will set things right so that I can go home. I really need someone to live in with me. So far, I haven’t found anyone, so it may be awhile.

  • A lesson in service

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen definitely were in action on Friday.

    The entire school spent the day doing community service projects, not only in Evergreen but in Conifer, Idaho Springs, Golden, Littleton, Lakewood and Denver. Plus, they listened to speakers from several organizations, including nonprofits helping children battling serious illnesses and children in Guatemala, and they learned about military service from the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition.

  • Spring storm wreaks havoc on roads

    Up to a foot of snow slammed the mountain area Sunday and Monday in a spring storm that wreaked havoc on the roads and left branches bending and breaking.

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy was reported to be OK after his patrol vehicle was rear-ended while he was stopped to help a stranded motorist on U.S. 285 north of Conifer.  

  • One finalist named in Jeffco superintendent search

    The Jeffco school board announced Saturday that Daniel McMinimee is the lone finalist for Jeffco’s superintendent position.

    McMinimee is the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. 

    The board voted 3-2 in favor of making McMinimee its only finalist, with board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk voting yes. Board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted no. 

  • Board balks, imperiling pact with teachers

    An apparent agreement between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union is now less than certain after school board members quickly requested changes in the pact.

    Bargaining teams for the school district and the Jeffco Education Association reached a tentative agreement last Thursday night on raises for teachers and other items in the contract. But the district stipulated later that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

    The original agreement reached Thursday included:

  • Firefighters respond to downed power line, house fire

    Firefighters doused a small grass fire caused by a downed power line Thursday night near Idledale.

    According to reports, the power line fell from about 250 feet up a ridge to within 100 feet of the road at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The 10-foot-by-10-foot fire was pretty easily contained because of the wet weather, said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

    But firefighters from the Foothills Fire Protection District had to climb a power pole to cut the line, after the power was turned off. It took until 1:30 p.m. to resolve the issue, Weege said.

  • Body of woman found on Lookout Mountain identified

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman found murdered on May 8 near the parking lot of the Windy Saddle Trailhead on Lookout Mountain as Sandra Mercado, 38, of Aurora.
    Mercado was stabbed to death, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
    A visiting out-of-state hiker found the body. The hiker was questioned and is not considered a person of interest in the case, Kelley said.

  • Sheriff's Office urges caution in wake of car break-ins

    Purses, wallets and other items were taken from seven locked vehicles that were broken into in Evergreen on May 2, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    The thefts from vehicles occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in areas between Bergen Park and Evergreen Lake, Kelley said. Incidents took place at Dedisse and Stagecoach parks, as well as other locations.

    "The victims left property in plain view," Kelley said. "People need to put property in the trunk of the car."