Today's News

  • New playground equipment brightens Kittredge Park

    Kids are enjoying shiny new playground equipment with special features at Kittredge Park. The recently completed project of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for youngsters ages 2 to 12.

    A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in the design of Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade.

  • Downtown Business Association gains members in wake of fee cut

    Since the Evergreen Downtown Business Association cut its membership fee in half, 13 businesses have joined the organization in the past month, said EDBA director Linda Castle.

    Offering an affordable annual membership fee of $175 is a way of encouraging businesses to take an active role in the downtown business community while helping to fund administrative and operational expenses of the EDBA.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • Student performance on PARCC test falls short of expectations

    More than half of the Colorado third- through 11th-graders who took the controversial PARCC exams last spring did not meet expectations in math and English language arts, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education.

    Last fall, thousands of Colorado high-schoolers made headlines by refusing to take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams, which were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multi-state group that uses Common Core standards.

  • Finally, fun with school boards

    Students at The Bergens have been snowboarding in the gymnasium.

    OK, not real snowboarding, but they have been learning the techniques needed to snowboard, especially balance and agility. They’ve learned how to grab the board when doing tricks and making 180-degree turns.

    The snowboard training is coming from this year’s artist-in-residence, a representative from Skate Pass, a Boulder-based company that teaches kids to snowboard and skateboard.

  • Repaving of Highway 74 will wait till spring

    Evergreen will have to wait until spring before Highway 74 is repaved.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation hit a snag in gaining access to land to create a shoulder and bike lane on the north end of Highway 74 near King Soopers. Even though that section of road is not set for repaving, CDOT didn’t want to put the project out for bid until it had the bike-path approval in anticipation of the entire road being resurfaced, according to CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit foothills at different times

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Deputies respond to report of suicidal man at Mount Falcon

    The east and west entrances to Mount Falcon Park were closed for several hours Tuesday morning while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to a man in the park who reportedly was suicidal.

    The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday morning by a family member of the man, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Both the east and west entrances to the park were closed during the incident.

  • CHAMPIONS: Evergreen wins first boys soccer title since 1989

    By Craig Harper, For the Courier 

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.

  • Attorney hired by school board’s conservative majority resigns

    Jeffco school board attorney Brad Miller, who was hired by the ousted conservative majority after they gained control of the board two years ago, has resigned, according to a letter he submitted Monday.

    Miller, who was hired in December 2013 to provide independent legal counsel to the school board, wrote that he’d learned from incoming board member Ron Mitchell that the newly elected board didn’t intend to retain him.