Today's News

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Suspect in I-70 hit-and-run enters not-guilty pleas

    The motorist accused of hitting a sheriff's deputy along I-70 during a March snowstorm pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

    Robert Landsperg, a former Colorado resident now living in California, entered innocent pleas to four charges: leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and careless driving resulting in injury.

    District attorney's spokeswoman Pam Russell said Landsperg has a pretrial conference scheduled for early November, and remains free on $10,000 bond.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Indian Hills residents hear suggestions from 2015 groundwater study

    Recommendations from the 2015 Indian Hills groundwater study drew mixed reactions last week as representatives of Jeffco Public Health met with the Indian Hills community.

    No final decisions or policies were announced at the town hall meeting last week. Instead, Jeffco officials hoped to share the results of the study and receive feedback from residents in Indian Hills, a community of approximately 1,200 people.

  • Express lane improves summer travel times

    The eastbound express lane on I-70 from Empire through Idaho Springs was a benefit to travelers in its first summer, state officials report.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the toll lane’s added capacity led to a 38 percent improvement in travel times.

  • Evergreen couple plead guilty to child abuse

    An Evergreen couple have pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving their 6-year-old daughter, who was found to be suffering from long-term malnutrition.

    Jason Matthew Barton, 41, and Katherine Clark Barton, 37, were arrested in June 2015 on the charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 3 felony, after medical personnel found their daughter weighed only 25 pounds.

  • Domestic violence a hidden problem in the mountain area

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which takes place annually in October.

    Domestic violence: Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.

  • Jeffco school district dismisses rumors about threats related to ‘creepy clowns’

    Rumors about people dressed as clowns planning violent attacks at Jeffco schools have been determined to be unfounded.

    According to a statement from Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the district has had reports at several schools over the last few days about “clowns coming to shoot up the school.” After an investigation of the threats, which McMinimee said were primarily found on social media, the district's security team and local law enforcement “found no evidence that this is a credible threat.”

  • EPRD looks at short-term fix for trail

    Officials at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District are looking at a short-term solution for the unstable segment of the Lake Trail that would involve using erosion-resistant concrete.

    At a meeting of the EPRD board on Sept. 27, board members discussed using “colloidal” concrete, which has a grout-like additive, to reinforce the retaining walls on the closed section of the trail.

  • EPRD eyeing boost in cost of rec pass

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking to increase the price of an annual recreation pass and the salaries of full-time employees in the first draft of its 2017 budget.

    At the EPRD board meeting Sept. 27, financial controller Jason Leslie presented board members with the district’s first official draft of the 2017 budget. Leslie gave a comprehensive look at projected revenue and expenses.