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Today's News

  • Ice Melt Barrel tickets still available

    Evergreen's well-known Ice Melt Barrel is in a different location on Evergreen Lake this winter, but Mountain Foothills Rotary wants everyone to know the annual contest is in full swing.

    The barrel, which was rolled out Jan. 4, is in a spot near the skating rinks this year. 

    Participants in the annual contest guess the date and time that the barrel will hit the water during the spring melt. Proceeds from ticket sales support charitable causes of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation. 

  • After 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian closes practice

    After 37 years and more than 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian T.J. Fogg has hung up the doctor’s smocks he wore daily to his Bergen Park Veterinary Clinic.

    Fogg, who graduated from the Colorado State University veterinary school in 1958, has worked with pets of all shapes and sizes since opening his practice in Evergreen in 1979. Between 1958 and 1979, he had a large- and small-animal practice in Wyoming, and worked in animal medical research.

  • Fire damages home in Evergreen

    A fire caused major damage to a home in Evergreen overnight Wednesday, but the homeowner and his dog escaped unharmed.

    No injuries were reported, but extensive damage was sustained on the second and third floors of the house in the 34000 block of Forest Estates Road, which is off Brook Forest Road.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a neighbor reported the fire about midnight Wednesday.

  • Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot during Aurora robbery attempt is expected to recover

    The Jeffco sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured when he was shot while off duty Jan. 26 is still in intensive care after two surgeries, but is expected to recover, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

  • The Silver Tsunami

    Editor's note: This is the first installment of a series about the growing senior population in Jefferson County and the mountain area.

    Depending on whom you ask, the baby boom generation either popularized self-indulgence or helped create a more egalitarian America. But whether rotten or visionary, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 isn’t a kid anymore, and its final chapter promises changes and challenges to match any that have come before.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.