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Today's News

  • County announces meeting on Indian Hills groundwater quality

    The Jeffco Board of Public Health has announced it will hosting a meeting with the Indian Hills community to review and discuss the Indian Hills Groundwater Water Quality Modeling Project Report. 

    The meeting, an initial step of a community engagement process around groundwater quality issues in Indian Hills, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Indian Hills Community Center, 5381 Parmalee Gulch Road.

  • Wood rats are interesting animals, though unwanted tenants

    (Reprinted from Sept. 17, 2008)

    A friend who volunteers at the Evergreen Nature Center stopped by last week to show us photographs of a wood rat taken by a couple who live on Upper Bear Creek. These folks had seen and heard some little critter in their house and wanted to be sure to live trap it and remove it before they left on a vacation.

  • Marshdale Park playground closes for renovations

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has closed the playground area at Marshdale Park to replace the equipment and make improvements to the walking path.

    According to EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor, the playground area is expected to be closed until early November. However, she added that depends on the weather.

    The playground replacement is one of the district’s 2016 creative improvement projects, and it secured a $95,000 grant from Jeffco Open Space toward the effort. The project is expected to cost $285,000.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.

  • For new King-Murphy principal, ‘it’s all about relationships’

    It’s 8:10 a.m. on a recent Thursday at King-Murphy Elementary School, and interim principal Joe Majeski stands in front of the school, greeting students as they get off the buses.

    He gets hugs from a few students, tousles a few heads and tells many of them, “Be smart. Be polite today.”

    Majeski always begins and ends the school day with bus duty, and he makes sure to check in with bus drivers to make sure the trips went smoothly. He also greets parents who drove their children to school.

  • More delays in Evergreen Parkway paving

    About half of Evergreen Parkway still will be repaved this fall as planned, with the remainder to be paved in the spring.

    According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the work also will include putting in a bike lane and creating a shoulder near King Soopers. CDOT officials have said working out the agreements to widen the road there has delayed the project for nearly a year.

  • Canyonfest a lively, artful celebration

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier 

    Live music, hula-hooping, children’s games and local artists filled Kittredge Community Park for eight hours Saturday for the annual Kittredge Canyonfest. 

    The event, hosted by the Kittredge Civic Association, has been a fall staple of the community for nearly 30 years, according to co-organizer Brenna Witt.

  • Local artists open their doors, hearts to patrons

    It’s one thing to see art in a gallery; it’s quite another to see art in studios with artists available to answer questions and talk about their work.

    That’s what the annual Open Door Studios is all about, and attendees at last weekend’s event said they appreciated the one-on-one with artists.

    “It’s lovely to talk with the artists to learn more about their work,” said Eli Barringer of Evergreen, who was experiencing Open Door Studios for the first time.

  • High lead levels found at five mountain schools

    Five Jeffco schools in the mountain area have at least one water source with high lead levels, according to new test results released by the district.

    As of Sept. 16, Bergen Meadow Elementary, Marshdale Elementary and Evergreen Middle School in Evergreen, as well as Elk Creek Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer, all have at least one water source with unsafe levels of lead.

  • Fire district formulating maintenance plan for Station 1

    Last month, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board abruptly voted to table the multimillion-dollar bond issue it promoted all summer. Now the board’s president says there was too much to do in advance and it isn’t the right time to ask voters for the money.